MINI Scooter E Concept: official details, photos and specs

Article by Christian Andrei, on September 23, 2010

If yesterday we showed you the leaked photos with the MINI Scooter E Concepts, today we were lucky enough to receive the full details, photos and specs with the new scooters from MINI.

Set to make their debut at the 2010 Paris Motor Show, the new concepts incorporate the current changes in urban mobility requirements offering seats for up to two people and keeping its compact dimensions.

As expected, the concepts are powered by an electric motor integrated in the rear wheel. The motor’s lithium battery can be recharged via any conventional power socket using an on-board retractable charging cable.

Regarding the design of the concepts, this is inspired by the MINI vehicles. The front view of the MINI Scooter E Concept is dominated by a large headlight inspired by the headlights found on the MINI Coutryman.

Projecting indicators invoke the front view of the classic MINI, and the glass covers for the flasher lamps are enclosed in chrome fames and curve slightly outwards to resemble the historic profile.

An interesting feature is the windshield configured below the headlight, because it’s shape is mimicking the contour of the hexagonal radiator grille in MINI cars.

Although a photo shows three scooter concepts, MINI talks about two concepts in its press release. One is described wearing matt anthracite creating an attractive contrast with the seat finished in yellow, with the iridescent colour of the windshield around the headlight unit and the yellow mirror caps providing further accentuating features. The other concept evokes the brand’s heritage and British origins.

It appears that this concept was designed just for one person and it is a sportier version. It comes in a British Racing Green finish inspired by the classic racing cars and a seat upholstered in dark brown leather, creating an used “look”. As we told you yesterday, the key in using this scooter is a smartphone: the concept comes with a nap-in adapter for a smartphone, which operates simultaneously as the vehicle key, display and central control element.

After the rider docks his phone and switches it on, the scooter is ready to go. While the scooter is in motion, the smartphone can be used as a navigation system, music player or telephone as required. A wireless Bluetooth interface can be connected to a helmet from the MINI Collection.

Building on the MINI Connected services already available in current MINI production cars, specific features can be implemented by adding further smartphone applications. For example, the navigation function can be supplemented by a special map view in Google Maps which indicates the current position of other scooters from the brand in the immediate vicinity.

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