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by Sam Rawlings

Peugeot has partnered with scooter manufacturer Micro to design the e-Kick, an electric-assisted scooter, said to provide an “unprecedented multi-modal mobility experience”.

Unveiled alongside the new 2017 Peugeot 3008 SUV this week, the companies say the scooter was built to meet the challenges of a constantly evolving urban environment, and designed for the ‘last mile’ of a journey.

The e-Kick is similar in concept to the electric longboard-turned-scooter that was showcased by Audi for the Q3 last month, though a little less complicated.

Weighing only 8.5 kilograms, the e-Kick is said to be full of innovative features.

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Micro has developed a ‘Motion Control’ electric assistance system that monitors the movements of the user to determine the requirements of the motor.

Providing power is a lithium-ion battery built into the ultra-thin platform, while the motor is integrated directly into the rear wheel. The e-Kick has a claimed top speed of 25km/h and a range of 12 km.

Just like traditional scooters, the e-Kick features a foot-brake, which, along with bringing the rider to a safe stop, also uses the energy created by braking to recharge the battery.

The handlebar, designed by Peugeot Design Lab, allows the e-Kick to be quickly folded and pulled along on its front wheel when not in use.

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Above: when not in use, the e-Kick will live and charge in the back of the new 3008 SUV

Via the use of a ‘dockstation’, the scooter can be folded and stored in the boot of the 3008 SUV, where it charges while the vehicle is driving.

“The two handles used in driving mode fold up into a single handle that allows the scooter to roll from on one wheel, making it effortless to hop from your home, to your car, to a train, to your work,” Peugeot Design Lab manager, Cathal Loughnane said.

“e-Kick is a truly multi-modal designed not just to be a mobility solution in itself but also to link all the other solutions together.”

How much the e-Kick will cost when it arrives is still not known, though it’s said to be available in selected markets towards the end of the year.

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