After we saw the Smart Escooter Concept, it’s time to see the new retro-styled scooter concepts from MINI, which will be revealed next week, at the 2010 Paris Motor Show. Dubbed Mini Scooter E Concepts, the new scooters will be displayed in three liveries: Mini E, British Racing Green and a look inspired by the Mod era.
Powering each concept is a an electric motor mounted in the rear wheel (just like the Smart Escooter), but more details regarding its performances are set to be unveiled later.
Furthermore, the concepts use a lithium-on battery, which can be recharged using an on-board retractable charging cable. The design is borrowed from the MINI lineup and is seen on the front light as well as on the central speedometer.
Again, just like we’ve seen on the Smart Escooter, the rider locks in their smartphone to the central speedometer and acting just like a key, display and control element.
Furthermore, the smartphone can be used as a navigation system, music player or simply as a phone, connected via Bluetooth to the rider’s helmet. What is really interesting is that the rider can view the position of other scooters via Google Maps, and can then connect to each other and be invited to ride together. [via autocar]