Just the Facts:
MUNICH, Germany — Mini has brought its familiar retro-inspired styling cues to a trio of plug-in electric scooter concepts planned to be revealed at an exclusive invitation-only party in London next Thursday. The scooters made their public debut on September 29 at the 2010 Paris Auto Show.
Called the Mini Scooter E Concept, the chrome-flaunting scooters are planned to be shown in three distinct liveries: fluorescent yellow à la the electric version of the hardtop currently undergoing trials on a lease program in various markets; a dark metallic green recalling the firm's traditional British Racing Green scheme; and a Mod-era-inspired gray that pays homage to the cult film Quadrophenia along with The Who's 1973 album of the same name.
The three concepts, styled by a small team in Munich, Germany, under the guise of BMW Group design boss Adrian von Hooydonk, will be used to gauge public reaction before Mini decides whether or not to press ahead with a premium-priced electric scooter.
Each scooter differs subtly in design from the others but Mini is quick to point out the common design links with its more established four-wheeled models. They include a heavily chromed headlamp surround, three-dimensional taillights, rounded mirror housings, large round instrument binnacle and a prominent Mini badge set out in front.
As with similar two-wheeled concepts to be shown by Peugeot and Smart next week, the Mini Scooter E Concept uses a brushless electric motor to drive its rear wheel. Exact details aren't planned to be revealed until it debuts in Paris, but officials confirm electric energy for the motor is supplied by a lithium-ion battery that has been designed so that it can be charged either via an onboard retractable cable stored in the rear fairing or easily removed for charging, at home overnight or in an office during working hours.
As with the Smart eScooter revealed earlier today, the Mini Scooter E Concept uses an Apple iPhone for start, information display, entertainment and navigation functions. It locks into a mount within the instrument binnacle underneath a Perspex cover.