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2010-09-23 09:11
Mini takes its carefree attitude to two wheels with the introduction of an electric scooter at the upcoming Paris auto show.

Mini has started going electric with the launch of its Mini E model, but takes the concept further with the launch of the Mini Scooter E Concept, said to display zero-emissions driving fun for two people.  

The Mini Scooter E concept is powered by an electric motor integrated in the rear wheel while the lithium-ion battery can be recharged using a conventional household power supply.

The Scooter E’s relation to the four-wheeled Mini family is evident in the round light detailing, the chrome detailing on the Mini “grille” and two taillights mounted on the outside of the rear wheel fairing in an upright position.  Even the bright yellow colour scheme is modelled on the Mini E, denoting the concept’s emission-free drive concept.

This Mini concept also finds new ways to integrate the various devices required for our always connected world. The Scooter concept’s central speedo takes on the familiar circular appearance, but has a snap-in adapter integrated into the centre for plugging in a smartphone.

The smartphone, when plugged in, acts like a  key, display and central control so that, when the rider’s phone is docked, the vehicle is ready to go. While the scooter is on the road, the phone can be used as a navigation system, music player or telephone using a Bluetooth connection.

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