French automaker Peugeot and Swiss company Micro have teamed up to create the e-Kick, an electrically assisted scooter to meet the challenge of a constantly evolving urban environment. The e-Kick is designed to provide a convenient multi-mobility experience, helping to provide a fully independent transport solution to cover the “last mile” of any journey.
Unveiled simultaneously with the newly launched 3008 crossover, the e-Kick will be sold by both Peugeot and Micro, starting in the last quarter of 2016.
Historically, Peugeot has always placed mobility at the heart of its mission. It is the only car brand in the world that also sells bicycles, along with two- and three-wheel scooters to complete its wide range of passenger and light commercial vehicles. Micro is the reference for kick-scooters, and it has offered customised family mobility solutions for the last 20 years.
Both companies share a common vision of future urban mobility solutions and combined their expertise to design the e-Kick. The electrically assisted scooter offers an active, natural and flexible user experience, optimising intra-city journeys by adapting to circumstances and personal preferences.
Compact, and with a contained weight of only 8.5kg, the e-Kick’s major innovations include a Motion Control electric assistance system (a lithium-ion battery built into the ultra-thin platform, with the motor integrated directly into the rear wheel, and the level of electric assistance based on user movements), a potential range of 12 kilometres, speeds of up to 25km/h, a foot-brake accompanied by a regenerative braking system that recharges the battery, and a clever handlebar that’s easily folded in a few seconds and allows the e-Kick to be rolled along on its front wheel so that the user doesn’t have to carry it.
The e-Kick is designed for customers who are looking for mobility solutions that go hand in hand with their vehicle. A “dockstation” allows the owner to store the e-Kick in the boot of the new 3008, and it also recharges the battery while the vehicle is on the move. Outside of the car, the scooter can also be recharged in about an hour.
Peugeot also designed a helicopter before.