Set to hit the stage in Paris in less than a week, Mini's Scooter E concept, a two-wheeled, battery-powered urban dream machine, may indeed reach the inside of showrooms in the near future. Judging by the pics alone, the Scooter E appears ready to roll, but as Autocar recently discovered, the vehicle's fate lies mainly in the reaction from the public. In speaking with Mini design chief, Gert Hildebrand, Autocar learned that the scooter's purpose is to, "bring young people to the Mini brand." Hildebrand explains that the Scooter E could be used to draw in a youthful crowd in hopes that these buyers will then progress through the Mini range.
Autocar turned to BMW Group design chief, Adrian van Hooydonk for future explanation. Hooydonk details the likelihood that a production version of Mini's concept scooter will emerge, stating:
Drawing from Hooydonk's comment, we'd conclude that Mini is on the fence on this one, but we'd bet that if Smart gives its battery-powered scooter the nod, Mini will probably follow suit. Hit the jump for some outstanding video of the Scooter E concept.We will find a way to build them should there be enough demand. Mini has no history of scooters but Britain does - London does - and initial reaction will also shape how we move the project forward. We need to have ideas going forward; Mini always needs to be small yet premium and these scooters showcase this. We need ideas for zero-emission future mobility; you can't go where you want to all the time even with a car.