BMW's Mini brand is bringing its electric-powered Scooter E concept to this year's Paris auto show. It gives Mini a response to the electric-powered scooter concept being shown by the Smart brand of German rival Daimler.
The Mini Scooter E is the company's first entry in the two-wheel segment. The funky, multi-colored scooters can carry two riders. The electric motor is packaged into the rear wheel. The scooter plugs in to any conventional socket, using an onboard charging cable that stows away when not in use.
The Mini scooter mimics design elements from Mini cars. The round headlights emulate the bug-eyed look of the current Minis and the hand grips are shaped like the spoiler on the Cooper S. The rearview mirrors are proportioned to the vehicle similar to the Mini range and a band of chrome below the seat recalls the side sills of the cars.
The gauge cluster of the Mini Scooter E centers on the speedometer that features a mobile phone dock. While the scooter is in motion, the phone can be used for navigation, music or telephone service. Mini offers a branded helmet with a Bluetooth headset for connectivity.
Of course Mini wouldn't skimp on the fun stuff. A special app will use Google Maps to locate other Mini Scooter drivers in the vicinity. A greeting function has also been developed. When two vehicles meet, an automated full-beam headlight function activates so the two riders can say hello.
The scooter is still a concept and Mini hasn't released information on charge time, range or pricing.