Seat will reveal a concept electric scooter at the Barcelona Smart City Expo on 19 November. The eScooter previews a production model, which will be the marque’s first two-wheeler (excluding its collaboration with Segway).
Designed to take the place of a 125cc petrol motorcycle, the eScooter offers emissions-free urban transport. It’s a part of Seat’s plan to ‘spearhead the Volkswagen Group’s micromobility strategy’.
Barcelona has the most motorcycles per capita in Europe. Given the city is also one of the biggest in Seat’s home country, it’s the perfect place to launch the eScooter.
Seat wants to evolve from car manufacturer to ‘mobility services provider’ to work within a ‘collaborative, shared, sustainable economy’. The eScooter is one of its first steps. It will develop the concept with Barcelona-based electric bike manufacturer Silence, for sale to both fleets and private customers.
Seat has already launched the eXS KickScooter, in collaboration with Segway, to a similar end. These can be shared via the start-up service, UFO. Getting back to cars, Seat is working with the car-sharing service Respiro. Its Twizy-esque Minimo electric concept (see below) demonstrates the brand’s thinking there.
“The constant growth of large cities makes achieving efficient mobility one of the main challenges to overcome,” said Seat president, Luca de Meo.
“Today we are taking a further step in our urban micromobility strategy by confirming the launch of the first eScooter in the history of the brand.”