Volkswagen is preparing to launch a new three-wheeled electric scooter as part of plans to extend its operations into new mobility fields.
Revealed here in a series of official photographs for the first time, the new scooter has been developed under the internal working name Last Mile Surfer – a title Wolfsburg officials suggest will be brought to the production version of the foldable device.
The Last Mile Surfer is claimed to weigh 11kg. It has been developed to be carried in a car's boot and then used for the final phase of a journey in a manner similar to a Segway, allowing motorists to take advantage of parking possibilities outside congested city centres without the need to rely on public transport.
A lithium-ion battery is claimed to provide the new Volkswagen scooter with a range of 12.4 miles.
Volkswagen chairman, Martin Winterkorn, says the Last Mile Surfer will go on sale in 2016 at a price less than 1000 euros, suggesting it could be offered in the UK at around £700.