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Volkswagen Unveils Electric Scooter

E-Scooter revealed in Shanghai

German automaker Volkswagen unveiled an electric scooter concept at the 2011 Shanghai Auto Show.

Designed for the Chinese market, the Volkswagen E-Scooter was unveiled alongside the new 2012 Beetle. The E-Scooter follows the trend of Volkswagen’s German rivals BMW and Mercedes who also recently unveiled electric scooter prototypes under their respective Mini and Smart brands.

The Volkswagen E-Scooter is powered by a 350-watt motor powered by a lithium ion battery. The E-Scooter claims a range of 25 miles and a top speed of about 30 mph. According to Volkswagen, the E-Scooter weighs about 44 pounds without the battery.

Volkswagen E-Scooter

Though Volkswagen hasn’t ruled out commercial sales of the E-Scooter, the company is exploring alternative business models. One idea includes a scooter rental system where riders can rent E-Scooters from solar powered charging hubs at key locations such as train stations, shopping malls and business parks.

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