The next phase began. The five-person team turned many adjusting screws in AutoVision together with Porsche Engineering to fine-tune the lights, the folding mechanism, the horn and the battery. However, they fell short of the electric scooter’s target weight of ten kilograms. In the end, they settled at 17 kilograms. The reason for this includes the decision to opt for a lithium-ion battery, which would provide a comfortable range of up to 15 kilometers. Ludwig tirelessly continued to advocate for the electric scooter. "In addition to company gatherings, we also carried out some clandestine activities in an underground parking garage," he explains. These ultimately paid off. In fall 2017, it was decided that the Last Mile Surfer would be produced at Volkswagen Saxony.
By the time it first stepped into the public spotlight at the Geneva Motor Show this spring, it already had a new name: the Cityskater. The time is clearly ripe for this electric scooter, as shown by several market surveys. Of this, Ludwig is certain: "The Cityskater is an excellent product for today’s market. Customers want it, especially young people. The Innovation Fund’s investment in micromobility is sure to pay off."
In late June, pre-series production started at the Saxon production site in St. Egidien. Serial production will start at the beginning of next year. Around 20 employees, most of whom have disabilities, will then build the electric scooter in a 2,700-square-meter factory at ten separate workstations with no dependency on fixed cycle times. Assembly carts will transport components from station to station. Up to 140 models can be produced in a day. For Marcus Kunz, who has now managed the "Micromobility in Saxony" division for over a year, it’s a good start. "Volkswagen is developing into a mobility service provider," he says." During this transition process, the Cityskater is an important and very tangible step."