Posted by Andrew on September 23, 2010

Category: Motorcycle, New bikes

Iconic British brand MINI unveils its exciting MINI Scooter E Concept today in London.  The MINI Scooter E Concept comes almost ten years to the day since the new MINI was first shown at the Paris Motor Show. There are a total of three interpretations of the MINI Scooter E Concept conceived by Adrian van Hooydonk, Senior Vice President BMW Group Design: two of which will be shown at the Paris Motor Show next week, while the third concept, inspired by the swinging sixties, the hey day of classic Mini is being shown exclusively in London.

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It’s not just a two-wheeler in MINI Design – this scooter meets the needs of the young urban generation: spontaneous, flexible, CO2-free mobility. Using a smart phone as the ignition key, the concept integrates infotainment, communication and navigation systems.  The MINI Scooter E Concept is powered by an electric motor which can be recharged at any conventional power socket using an on-board charging cable. The new scooter design concept is based on current production vehicles but pushes the creative boundaries. Just as the compact design of the classic MINI, born out of the 1950s oil crisis,  symbolised a new reality for modern city driving, the MINI Scooter E Concept is designed for the changing landscape in environmental and urban road traffic conditions, to offer a stylish and emission-free alternative for urban mobility.

MINI will bring three retro-inspired scooter concepts to Paris

MINI will bring three retro-inspired scooter concepts to Paris

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 clearly indicates to the driver the amount of battery life available: the MINI 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 first presented earlier this year in the new MINI Countryman. The unique clip-on mechanism offers a range of options for transporting items that may required before, during or after the journey, for example a helmet, umbrellas, sunglasses and thermos flasks.

The firm reckons that while it could make the scooter pretty easily – after all, BMW is set to launch its own electric scooter very soon – it will only do it if there’s a strong demand from customers, and even then it will take several years.

MINI Scooter E Concept Photos

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