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MINI Scooter E Concepts: First Official Photos

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MINI Scooter E Concepts: First Official Photos


Just after Smart published the first real life pictures of its 'escooter' study, MINI went ahead and released official photos of its take on the pure electric scooter concept. To be precise, the BMW Group owned maker will display three individually colored and trimmed versions of its lithium-ion battery-powered scooter study at next week's Paris Motor Show.

One of the Scooter E Concepts is themed after the MINI E electric car, the other is finished in a classic British Racing Green with a brown-colored leather seat and the last pays homage to the UK Mod subculture.

The MINI Scooter Es borrows some styling cues from the firm's automobile range including the headlamp and mirror designs.

Like Smart's scooter concept, the MINI models also utilize a smartphone that slots between the handlebars offering its service as a navigation system among other things.

More information on MINI's Scooter E concepts will be revealed at the Paris Auto Show.



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By Drew Johnson

Following three earlier teaser sketches, MINI has fully revealed its upcoming Scooter E Concept. Three different versions of the MINI Scooter E Concept will be on hand at this month's Paris Motor Show.

The first Scooter E Concept was designed around the concept of ‘the fun of driving for two.’ As such, it offers seating for two passengers and mimics the color scheme of MINI’s all-electric E prototype – a matte charcoal with bright yellow accents.

The second concept is a single-seat two-wheeler, with a greater focus on sportiness. Its color scheme is based on the classic British sports car, featuring a British Racing Green paint job, dark brown leather seat and silver mirror caps.

MINI describes the third concept as “design-progressive”, taking its design cues from the pop-culture of the 1960s. It features a white body with a number of different stickers and applications.

Like Smart’s recently unveiled Escooter, the MINI concepts use a snap-in adapter for smartphones to act as the bike’s infotainment center. When connected, the rider’s smart phone acts as the scooter’s GPS and music player, and even doubles as the vehicle’s key. MINI is pushing the E Scooter community idea, with special applications to let you know – via GPS – where other riders are.

MINI failed to detail the E Scooter’s drivetrain, but did reveal the concept is powered by a rear-wheel mounted motor, backed by a lithium-ion battery pack. Expect to hear more on the concepts in the coming days.



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2010 Paris Auto Show Preview: MINI Scooter E Concept

By Viknesh Vijayenthiran


September 23rd, 2010

In March of 2008 BMW first announced plans to establish a new research division called ‘Project i,’ whose task would be to develop a number of solutions for a vehicle designed for congested city motoring. The goal of Project i was never to exclusively develop one type of vehicle or another, but to come up with a range of technologies BMW could introduce across its fleet or even under a rumored fourth brand.

The first tangible development of Project i was the all-electric MINI-E, which BMW is using to gather feedback about what urban customers want and need from a zero-emissions vehicle. Now, almost two years after the launch of the MINI-E comes the latest development from BMW’s future mobility think tank.

At next week’s 2010 Paris Auto Show BMW will take the wraps off the new MINI Scooter E Concept, an all-electric scooter with absolutely no emissions. The new MINI Scooter E Concept is a follow up to last year’s C1-E electric scooter concept from BMW and shows the automaker is serious about putting such a vehicle into production.

The idea of an electric scooter for urban environments makes sense. The instantaneous pick-up of electric drive systems, plus the vehicle’s low weight and compact dimensions, ensure pure agility in typical urban traffic conditions.

The MINI Scooter E Concept is powered by an electric motor integrated in the rear wheel. The motor’s lithium-ion battery can be recharged at any conventional power socket using an on-board charging cable. Two different versions will be displayed, one with a single seat and the other with two.

When riding the MINI Scooter E Concept, brief stops can be used to top up the on-board energy storage system. Apart from the compact battery, a charging system and connecting cable are integrated neatly in the rear of the MINI Scooter E Concept. Plugs and cables are accommodated underneath a cover similar to the round tank flap in a MINI car. After opening the illuminated flap, the plug and charging cable can be pulled out to a length of more than 16 feet and connected to the power system. After the battery has been charged a button-operated spring mechanism ensures that the cable is retracted and tidily coiled away in a space-saving compartment.



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Mini showing three concepts for an electric scooter

05:35 AM

Looks like BMW's Mini is serious about getting into the electric scooter business. If it isn't, it thinks it has found a way to fake its way through the Paris Motor Show when it doesn't ahve any new models to unveil.

Mini revealed three concepts today for a Mini Scooter E -- the E stands for "electric" -- with the idea that it might be extension of the brand known for cheap but classy urban transportation. Two of them will be shown at the Paris Motor Show, where Mini made its modern-day debut 10 years ago.

The goal, Mini said, was to meet the needs of the young urban generation:

It wanted them to be "spontaneous, flexible, CO2-free mobility. Using a smartphone 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 scooters ape the Mini cars in a number of ways -- a circular central instrument cluster, a Mini-style speedometer, prominent turn indicator lamps in the style of the classic Mini and the chrome trims on the bodywork. The three concepts, however, differ:

The first MINI Scooter E Concept is a two-seater variant in the color scheme of the Mini electric hatchback being tried up in Europe.

The second concept is a single-seater and the sportiest of the new concepts. It has a brown upholstered seat and is done in British Racing Green.

The third is a two-seater being shown exclusively in London. It takes inspiration from the popular culture of the 1960s -- yeah, baby! -- a decade synonymous with the classic Mini, drawing on the distinctive graphics of the Mod era in particular. Its white and pickup up motifs from the colors of the Royal Air Force.



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