Jake Lingeman, Automotive News Europe/AutoWeek, 24th September, 2010
BMW’s MINI brand is bringing its electric-powered Scooter E concept to this year’s Paris Motor Show. It gives MINI a response to the electric-powered scooter concept being shown by the Smart brand of German rival Daimler.
The Mini Scooter E is the company’s first entry in the two-wheel segment. The funky, multi-colored scooters can carry two riders. The electric motor is packaged into the rear wheel. The scooter plugs in to any conventional socket, using an onboard charging cable that stows away when not in use.
The MINI scooter mimics design elements from MINI cars. The round headlights emulate the bug-eyed look of the current MINIs and the hand grips are shaped like the spoiler on the Cooper S. The rearview mirrors are proportioned to the vehicle similar to the MINI range and a band of chrome below the seat recalls the side sills of the cars.
The gauge cluster of the MINI Scooter E centers on the speedometer that features a mobile phone dock. While the Scooter E is in motion, the phone can be used for navigation, music or telephone service. MINI offers a branded helmet with a Bluetooth headset for connectivity.
MINI would not, of course, skimp on the fun stuff. A special app will use Google Maps to locate other MINI Scooter riders in the vicinity. A greeting function has also been developed. When two vehicles meet, an automated full-beam headlight function activates so the two riders can say hello.
The Scooter E is still a concept and MINI has not released any information on charge times, range or pricing but more technical details should emerge in Paris.
[Source: Automotive News Europe/AutoWeek]
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