The Mercedes-Benz eScooter: Overpriced City Commuter

Car manufacturers are exploring the micromobility market as electric scooters and eBikes get increasing attention from consumers. The coronavirus pandemic has further highlighted the need for alternative public transportation. Many commuters are looking for adult electric scooters in Australia. One of the six carmakers entering the market is Mercedes-Benz, with their creatively named scooter, Mercedes-Benz eScooter.  

Features Mercedes-Benz eScooter
Motor 500 W
Top Speed 20 km/h
Maximum Range 25 km
Tyres 8” pneumatic tyres
Suspension  Front and rear 
Brakes  3 (1 in front, 2 at the back)
Battery Capacity 280 Wh, LG cells
Charging Time 3-3.5 hours 
Weight 13.5kg
Extras Adjustable stem, headlight and taillight, display, mobile app

Is the Mercedes-Benz eScooter worth it?

According to the Mercedes-Benz store, the electric scooter retails at €1,072.18, which is about AU $1700. The eScooter was made in partnership with Micro Mobility Systems AG, which developed the Razor brand. They now sell electric scooters for adults. 

The hefty price tag is not surprising. It is a Mercedes-Benz electric scooter after all. People who just want an electric scooter with a Mercedes-Benz logo on it will find a decent last-mile solution that they can easily fit in the trunk of their Mercedes-Benz EQC SUV. The electric scooter has the right top speed to comply with speed regulations and safe e-scootering around the city. It’s best on bike lanes with flat surfaces because of its small wheels. But the dual suspension makes uneven road surfaces tolerable enough for short trips. It’s a bit heavier, but based on the dimensions, it’s portable and compact.

On the other hand, budget-conscious and discerning electric scooter owners will find no incentive in buying it. It goes as fast and lasts as long as a Bird scooter. There are value for money adult electric scooters in Australia. The Mercedes-Benz eScooter is also within the price range of high-performance electric scooters. Dual suspension and drum brakes are regular features in this category, with twice the speed and range that the “luxury” eScooter offers.

If you take away the Mercedes-Benz logo, what you really have is a Razor budget electric scooter with dual suspension, and drum brake. You can get these features – plus a top speed of up to 45 km/h and max range of up to 40 km – from a Turbowheel Swift, E-TWOW and Zero 9, all of which costs less than $1700.

We’re more likely barking at the wrong tree here. Fans of Mercedes-Benz with deep pockets will be happy with this electric scooter. It provides comfortable short trips in the city.

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