Seat kicks off MÓ brand for electric two-wheelers
Today, Seat launches its solution for urban mobility in the form of a 100% electric scooter and an e-scooter. Both models fit in the new urban mobility brand SEAT MÓ.
The company presented its new SEAT MÓ eKickScooter 65 and SEAT MÓ eScooter 125, the first 100% electric SEAT motorcycle in its 70-year history. It also has a specific model for sharing services. The company also confirmed the launch of its electric motor-sharing service in Barcelona as of July 2020.
The Seat MÓ eScooter 125 has an electric motor of 9 kW, and the battery has a capacity of 5.5 kWh, which gives a range of 125 km. The top speed is 100 km/hour, and the two-wheeler accelerates from 0 to 50 km/hour in 3,8 seconds. The removable battery can be recharged either from a charging station or from a conventional power socket.
The second model is the SEAT MÓ eKickScooter 65. This electric scooter has a 350 Watt motor and reaches a top speed of 20 km/hour. In an urban environment a driving range of up to 65 km is possible.
More and more manufacturers recognize that a car is no longer the ideal mobility solution for the city. That is why they offer a so-called ‘last mile’ solution. You drive your car to a car park near your destination, and from there you take an electric scooter out of the trunk of your car for the last part of the journey.
Seat even goes a step further because there will also be a fully-fledged electric scooter with a power comparable to that of a 125 cc gasoline model.
This is a particular strategy, as many car manufacturers, including SEAT, are developing ever more (large) SUV models on the one hand, and are starting to promote small two-wheeled vehicles, on the other hand. For Seat and, by extension, other car manufacturers, this is a grow market that, compared to electric cars, greatly democratizes EV mobility, and brings it within the reach of a much wider audience.
This way car manufacturers are entering a market that, today, is taken by classic motorbike manufacturers such as Piaggio.
Different safety philosophy
For this urban mobility, car manufacturers follow a completely different philosophy when it comes to safety. These electric two-wheeled vehicles do not offer (by far) the same safety features we are accustomed to from automotive products.
In the press information of the Seat eScooter 125 safety systems such as ABS or traction control are not even mentioned. However, these systems are common among motorcycle manufacturers, and from a (car) manufacturer like Seat, you might expect some innovation in this area.