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Seat readies urban mobility division for expansion with launch of new escooters

Seat is expanding its urban mobility solutions with the launch of two new electric scooters and an electric motorcycle.

The Spanish brand said the launch of the new products is timed well as the Department for Transport (DfT) is launching its trials into the feasibility and viability of allowing electric scooters to be used on pavement, cycle lanes and public roads with rental schemes before the end of June.

Subject to successful completion of the trials and being legalised, Seat will make the vehicles available to purchase across the UK.

The three vehicles include its MO eScooter125, its first all-electric motorcycle, as well as a last mile journey eKickScooter65 and eKickScooter25 (40 and 12 mile ranges respectively), that are expected to be used by private users while supporting shared and last mile journeys in city centres.

The MÓ eScooter125 has a range of up to 77 miles (125km) on a single charge of its 5.6kWh lithium-ion battery pack.

The battery can be charged when still in the vehicle at charging stations, or it can also be removed and plugged into a home power socket.

Fleet customers with multiple MÓ eScooter125s can swap out depleted battery cells for ones that have been fully charged to reduce vehicle downtime.

In addition to the MÓ eScooter125 destined for private users, there will also be a specific version for sharing between company employees.

Seat launched its new MO Urban Mobility division to in November last year at the Smart City Expo World Congress in Barcelona to lead development of its future mobility products, services and a platform-based solutions.

Seat’s Respiro car sharing platform also falls under the new MO division.

Luca de Meo, Seat president, said at the time of the launch: “This strategic business unit will enable us to focus our efforts on the user’s new mobility needs.

“Seat is the micromobility centre of competence for the Volkswagen Group, and that means developing purpose designed products for all the group’s brands, not only for Seat. In addition, we will also deliver services and solutions for private customers and for fleets.”

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