Hyundai has unveiled a new prototype electric scooter.

Building on the concept presented at CES 2017, the new prototype boasts rear-wheel drive, a highly-capable lithium battery and stylish front and rear lights.

It’s part of Hyundai’s plans to enable first- and last-mile mobility through integrating the scooter with future Hyundai and Kia vehicles.

When mounted on a vehicle, the scooter is charged automatically using electricity produced while driving, ensuring the user can complete their journey seamlessly.

The latest model shifts from front-wheel drive to rear-wheel drive to enhance safety and stability by moving weight to the rear.

Engineers have also added suspension to the front wheel to provide a smoother ride, even on rough surfaces.

The latest version of Hyundai Motor Group’s electric scooter features a 10.5 Ah lithium battery that enables it to achieve a top speed of 20km/h with a range of about 20km on a single charge.

Weighing around 7.7kg, the scooter is highly portable, while its unique and compact tri-folding design means it is lighter and more compact than any similar product.

Enhancing its usability further, it features a digital display that shows battery status and speed, while for nighttime riding the new scooter is equipped with two stylishly-curved front LED headlights, and two rear tail lamps.

A regenerative braking system is also planned that will increase the scooter’s range by 7 per cent.

The ongoing efforts to provide customers with last mile transportation align with trends highlighted in research data by global consultancy,

McKinsey & Company.

It shows the ‘Last Mile Mobility’ market in the US, Europe, and China is expected to grow to $US 500 billion by 2030.

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Chris Riley has been a journalist for almost 40 years. He has spent half of his career as a writer, editor and production editor in newspapers, the rest of the time driving and writing about cars both in print and online. His love affair with cars began as a teenager with the purchase of an old VW Beetle, followed by another Beetle and a string of other cars on which he has wasted too much time and money. A self-confessed geek, he’s not afraid to ask the hard questions - at the risk of sounding silly.