2010 Paris Auto Show
What is it?
Mini Scooter E Concept
What's special about it?
The Mini Scooter E Concept is actually three concepts, or three different versions of the same concept, if you prefer. As you can see, the scooters are a couple wheels short of a typical Mini, but the company still plans to reveal them at an exclusive invitation-only party in London before their official public debut at the 2010 Paris Auto Show.
The chrome-flaunting scooters are planned to be shown in three distinct liveries: fluorescent yellow similar to the Mini E electric coupe currently undergoing trials on a lease program in various markets; a dark metallic green recalling the firm's traditional British Racing Green scheme; and a Mod-era-inspired gray that pays homage to the cult film Quadrophenia along with The Who's 1973 album of the same name.
The three concepts were styled by a small team in Munich, Germany, under the guise of BMW Group design boss Adrian von Hooydonk. Like most concepts, they will be used to gauge public reaction before Mini decides to press ahead with a premium-priced electric scooter — the likes of which look set to mushroom in future years.
Each scooter differs subtly in design but Mini is quick to point out the common links with its more established four-wheeled models. They include a heavily chromed headlamp surround, three-dimensional taillights, rounded mirror housings, a large round instrument binnacle and a prominent Mini badge set out in front.
As with similar two-wheeled concepts to be shown by Peugeot and Smart next week, the Mini Scooter E Concept uses a brushless electric motor to drive its rear wheel. Exact details aren't planned to be revealed until it debuts in Paris, but officials confirm that power for the motor is supplied by a lithium-ion battery. It can be charged via an onboard retractable cable stored in the rear fairing or easily removed for charging overnight at home or in an office during working hours.
As with the Smart eScooter revealed in a series of official photographs earlier today, the Mini Scooter E Concept uses an Apple iPhone for start, information display, entertainment and navigation functions. It locks into a mount within the instrument binnacle underneath a Perspex cover.
Edmunds.com says: So chrome headlights surrounds and a big Mini badge make for a "Mini" scooter? OK, great. Back to cars now, please. — Andreas Stahl, Contributor