SEAT takes first step towards micro-mobility strategy with electric eXS KickScooter powered by Segway
08 November 2018
SEAT will introduce the electric eXS KickScooter powered by Segway at the Smart City Expo World Congress next week. The new SEAT eXS powered by Segway is a micro-mobility solution for users who want to get around the city in an efficient and sustainable way.
As part of its Easy Mobility strategy, SEAT’s objective is to build its product and service portfolio by presenting new solutions to the market in the framework of urban mobility. In this sense, within the Volkswagen Group’s micromobility strategy, the automotive group’s different brands plan to launch urban mobility solutions in the future.
We aim to make SEAT a benchmark in micromobility. In this sense our aim is to ensure that everyone who lives in an urban setting is familiar with the options offered by SEAT for getting around the city in an economical, sustainable, agile and fun way.—SEAT Product Marketing director Lucas Casasnovas
SEAT has reached a strategic agreement with Segway, one of the world’s leading companies in individual electric mobility. Following its acquisition by transportation robotics start-up Ninebot in 2015, Segway has launched several micro-mobility solutions for the consumer market.
The new SEAT eXS was designed exclusively by SEAT for its customers, and features Segway’s leading electric technology built into the platform of its ES2 model.
This vehicle enables users to cover the remaining distance of any trip, even reaching places which are difficult for cars to access. Thanks to its large 8 inch diameter wheels, it is easy to ride and its front and rear suspensions give it smooth handling. The battery and motor combination enables it to travel up to 25km/h.
The eXS is also equipped with front and rear LED lights, customizable ambient light, an LCD screen, cruise control and an anti-theft deterrent, and an additional battery can be connected to increase its range, which reaches a maximum of 45km, depending on conditions.
SEAT is introducing the new eXS vehicle, which can be purchased at all of the brand’s dealers beginning in December 2018, at a cost of €599 (US$685). It will be available in Spain, France, Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Portugal before the end of the year, and in the rest of Europe in 2019.
SEAT’s goal is to be in permanent contact with institutions and city councils to contribute to better future mobility. The eXS is the first SEAT product that has been specifically designed to help improve and enhance urban mobility, with the firm commitment of becoming a key player in the sector.
With this goal in mind, SEAT is currently looking for Spanish cities to implement a pilot test with a fleet of shared SEAT eXS that is open to the public. The recently created independent SEAT Group company XMOBA will be responsible for carrying out the tests order to study the potential of the eXS for improving mobility in urban centers.
Furthermore, SEAT has already established schedules to begin pilot tests with the eXS in the company, including an eXS sharing program for employees to get around the Martorell factory.