• Sep 10th 2010 at 5:54PM
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Mini Scooter E concept– Click above for high-res image gallery

Mini has shared plans with its Facebook fans (all 370,702 of them, making the automaker even more popular than David Hasselhoff) to bring its latest electric concept to the Paris Motor Show. Sporting the colors and insignia of the all-electric Mini E, a trio of drawings reveal a scooter with a Vespa-esque rear end following up a somewhat less successful fascia. The Mini-style mirrors are a nice touch while the turn signals remind of the BMW Isetta, which almost saves the design from its bland headlight, but its departure still seems significantly superior to its arrival. Perhaps it will look better when we see it in the metal. Maybe even better than its Smart competition.

More interesting than its aesthetics are hints at the mechanicals. It looks like – and feel free to correct us in the comments if you think differently – that both the front and rear wheels contain motors. This arrangement could also foretell some regenerative braking, though the extra engineering might add too significantly to the price tag should the scooter ever make it to a retail outlet near you (we said outlet, get it?). Also of interest is that little box that would be located between your shins if you were astride the little beastie facing what we hope is a Mini-style speedometer. Radio? GPS? Pedestrian warning system? We'll let you know in a few weeks.

[Source: Mini via Motorcycle.com]

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      • 8 Months Ago
      Regenerative braking would not be worth the cost on a scooter.

      Scooters are all about simplicity and frugality. Although, if they WERE to go to the "complex" side of things, I'd love to see an electric version of the Piaggio MP3.
      Jeremy Wayne
      • 8 Months Ago
      Does anyone know about how much the scooter will cost? I don't live in the city (yet), but if I get one I will definitely consider the Mini Scooter if the price is right.
      • 8 Months Ago
      This presumably uses batteries, although fuel cells using hydride canisters are a good solution for European cities, as lots of people who would use scooters live in apartments and so charging is difficult
        • 8 Months Ago
        My buddy from Taiwan (or 'Chinese Taipei' if you're in Europe) says there are zillions of electric scooters there, and most simply have removable battery packs. A small battery, good for a day's scooting around the city, can easily be light enough to detach and bring up to your apartment.

        I suspect BMW is going for range, rather than this kind of convenience, as they probably target a clientele with the affluence to have access to electricity.
        • 8 Months Ago
        Hi Goodcheer,
        The hydride cannister fc scooter system is also from Taiwan:
        'For refueling, ZES uses APFCT’s unique and service proven low- pressure metal hydride hydrogen canister in combination with canister exchange model. Each scooter is equipped with two canisters. When hydrogen is depleted, the empty canister can be easily removed and exchanged for fully charged ones at existing gasoline filling stations. The entire fueling process would take only a minute or so. '


        If you live in a tower block, that sounds a lot more convenient to me than fooling around removing batteries - a lot of folk would likely just stick to their vile, polluting, noisy present transport.

        I like battery electric, but it is not the most convenient or practical option for folk who can't easily get to a power point.
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