MINI Scooter E ConceptSeptember 27, 2010
MINI has unveiled an electric MINI Scooter E Concept in London, with two other variants being shown at the Paris Motor Show.
The Scooter E Concept is powered by an electric motor which can be recharged at any conventional power socket using an on-board charging cable.
It uses a smart phone as the ignition key, and the idea is that the Scooter E Concept is recognisable as a MINI, thanks to distinctive features including the circular central instrument cluster and the iconic speedometer.
There are three body styles. The first MINI Scooter E Concept is a two-seater variant, mirroring the colour scheme of the current MINI E hatch prototype, 40 of which are currently on trial on UK roads – with body paintwork in matt charcoal, a yellow seat and yellow-painted mirror caps.
The second concept is a single-seater and, with paintwork in British Racing Green, is the sportiest of the new concepts.
The third model – shown exclusively in London – takes inspiration from the Mod era of the 1960s.
A snap-in adaptor for a Smartphone allows the driver to use their mobile device as a route finder, music player or as a phone via a wireless Bluetooth interface from the MINI ‘cockpit’. As soon as the rider docks his mobile phone and switches it on, the vehicle is ready to go.
A navigation app enables drivers to know where other MINI E Scooter E Concept drivers are on the map, similar to social networking systems, to encourage interaction between the MINI E Scooter community. Technology currently in development will mean headlights on the scooters automatically open when they meet on the road.
The MINI Scooter E Concept is driven by a built-in rear wheel electric motor which is powered by a compact lithium-ion battery. The battery can be plugged into any standard AC power outlet. A display screen indicates to the driver the amount of battery life available, and the Scooter E Concept can be charged via a retractable lead in the rear of the Scooter.
The study also incorporates an innovative version of the MINI Centre Rail as on the new MINI Countryman . The clip-on mechanism offers a range of options for transporting items that may required, for example a helmet, umbrellas, sunglasses and thermos flasks.
The world premiere of the MINI Scooter E Concept will be at the Paris Motor Show.