Car manufacturers are selling more and more e-scooters
Small electric scooters become more popular in city centers. Car manufacturers have understood this, and many are now offering their small electric 2-wheelers without pedals.
On the one hand, these machines are an efficient way for commuters to travel the last few kilometers to their workplace. On the other hand, brands, feeling the wind turning and consumers’ habits changing to less polluting and more practical modes of travel, of which cycles and scooters are part.
Driving a scooter takes some time getting used to. Accelerating and braking are easy, but because of the small wheels, you have to pay attention to pits and bumps. Motorcycle or moped experience is useful because these drivers also have more experience in anticipating the state of the road surface. The fact is that inexperienced drivers are more likely to fall over, often resulting in head injuries. Traffic specialists also ask themselves questions about the safety of pedestrians, because the difference in speed when used on footpaths is significant.
Many brands (BMW, Mercedes, Audi, Hyundai, Kia, Peugeot, Seat, and VW) already have an electric scooter in their range with a maximum speed of 25 km/hour and autonomy between 10 and 25 km. These foldable models fit in the car’s trunk and can also be recharged while driving the car. Prices vary between 599 and 2.000 euros. It is also remarkable that car manufacturers, who have been providing safety technology to their customers for decades, suddenly offer transport where the bar is extremely low in this respect.
Manufacturers no longer only produce cars but define themselves as mobility providers in the general sense of the term. One of the most obvious examples is the recent agreement between BMW and Daimler, which has created five joint ventures in which they plan to invest 1 billion euros. The objective has already been defined: to cover a complete range of services (car-sharing, passenger vehicles with driver, taxis, car park rental, bicycles, scooters, etc.) which will eventually be combined in a single application.
Not profitable yet
According to specialists, most mobility services do not generate a profit at the moment, but in the long run, manufacturers hope to achieve profitability that could reach twice that of car sales, which is around 10%.