Berlin-based mobility company unu has launched the second generation of its electric scooter co-designed by unu’s design team and Munich based industrial designer Christian Zanzotti. The latest generation of the unu scooter was designed by unu and developed in cooperation with partners such as Bosch and LG in Germany. The scooter is powered by a Bosch electric motor and can be driven with a regular driver’s license. With its portable batteries which can be charged at regular power outlets, the scooter has a range of up to 100 km (62 miles). The motor is integrated into the scooter’s rear wheel, resulting in ample storage space underneath the seat, for example for two helmets and more. Instead of a key, the scooter can be unlocked with a keycard.
The consistent fusion of hardware and software in the new unu scooter opens up new possibilities for unu users. Drivers have the option to use a number of additional new features with the free unu App — they can check on their scooter’s location and charging status from anywhere. If the scooter is moved in the absence of the user, theft protection intervenes. The users are notified via the unu app and can then locate the scooter.
If a destination is sent to the scooter via the app, the users are navigated to their destination via the integrated display. unu users travelling in the city no longer have to look at their smartphone. In addition, the scooter can be started with a digital key via the app. This key can easily be shared digitally with friends, family and in the neighborhood via the unu app. All of these features can be activated optionally and free of charge by the customer and other features are also available when the software is updated through the cloud.
The scooter can be ordered online here in three models and seven colors, starting from euro 2.799 (∼ $ 2500 USD). Customers receive the unu scooter ready to ride, meaning with number plate and insurance, straight to their doorstep. “In the second product generation, too, we combine our individualized series production with direct trade via the Internet, which eliminates expensive dealer margins and makes our products accessible to everyone,” says Pascal Blum, co-founder and CEO unu.
The pre-order package offers advantages with a total value of about euro 330 (∼ $368 USD), including a euro 100 (∼ $111 USD) discount on the scooter, a free helmet and an additional third year of warranty. The E-scooters pre-ordered during the pre-order phase will be delivered to customers’ doorsteps in a box ready to drive from September 2019. The new scooter will replace the previous unu scooter classic, which is only available for a few more weeks. Regular sale starts in August.