• Oct 1, 2010
Mini Scooter E concept – Click above for high-res image gallery

Squaring off, in a way, against the escooter that Smart unveiled yesterday at the Paris Motor Show, is Mini's entry in the fanciful all-electric scooter category, the Scooter E. There are more differences here than just where you put the "e," most specifically, how each scooter boils the essence of their four-wheeled cousins onto a platform smaller than half the size.

You can see the escooter in detail here, then compare it to the Scooter E, which manages to put a lot of what makes a Mini look like a Mini onto just two wheels. We think the bold yellow stripe around the leg opening, up to the headlight and around the seat is a nice touch. Considering that the Mini E and the Scooter E are both battery powered, perhaps the stripe is supposed to lightly mimic the yellow on that iconic car? We like what we see, and, apparently, Mini is paying close attention to what it hears in Paris to decide if the Scooter E gets put into production. Got an opinion?

Photos copyright ©2010 Drew Phillips / AOL

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    • 1 Second Ago
      • 4 Years Ago
      This doesn't look very different from the other 'retro' styled Chinese scooters. It doesn't even look like a Mini.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Hipsters rejoice!
        • 4 Years Ago
        Only if they have sidecars.
        • 4 Years Ago
        bikes are more hipster territory
      • 4 Years Ago
      Depends on price. If it is priced the same or less than a 150cc Vespa (~$4500 in the US), I think it could sell well. If it is priced higher, like a Piaggio MP3 (~$7000 in the US), I think people would prefer a 4-wheeled Renault Twizy.
      • 4 Years Ago
      If I was going to buy a scooter, this would be the one.

      That being said, I don't think I'll be buying a scooter soon. Or ever.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Perfect for a quick jaunt downtown from where I live now, just a few miles each way, and I live .5 miles from a Mini dealer. I will be checking these out for sure WHEN they put them into production!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Great design - but not sure I would want to ride one.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Those are some tiny wheels, by scooter standards!

      Watch out for potholes ;)
      Otherwise... pretty classy lookin' ride, if you compare it to a Vespa.

      I'll take my eBike or car though. I just think scooters are kinda silly.
      • 4 Years Ago
      That's a gorgeous piece of industrial design.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Something like this in the US market could actually kick start the entire scooter market in the US to something more like europe has known for decades.

      That's all dependent on it actually performing well of course.
      I am a little worried about the unsprung weight of those wheel motors and what it might do to manners and ride.
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