Audi joins electric micro-mobility movement with scooter-skateboard hybrid

Audi e-tron Scooter concept

Audi has announced the e-tron Scooter, an electric scooter concept inspired by skateboards, scooters, and urban micro-mobility.

Audi on Monday introduced its e-tron Scooter concept, a scooter-skateboard hybrid concept for "sporty riders," inspired by the multi-modal mobility trend currently flourishing in urban communities. According to the company, riding the concept is like "surfing waves."

Without a rider, the e-tron Scooter simply looks like a standard electric scooter; however, when in use, the model's skateboard-inspired handling design becomes evident.

Instead of facing forward, a rider stands sideways on the base deck like they would on a skateboard. Only one hand is placed on the handlebar allowing users to look around much more easily than they would on a conventional scooter -- the other hand can be used to give hand signals.

The battery is located in the handlebar which also dons a display that tells users the battery status. With energy recuperating from braking, the e-tron Scooter can reach a maximum range of 20 kilometers.

The e-tron Scooter weighs 26 pounds and can be folded up for easy storage.

At the end of 2020, the device will be available to select customers for about 2,000 euros (the equivalent of about $2,240). The company is considering offering the e-tron Scooter in fleets to urban communities or as extras for those who purchase an Audi e-tron car.