Mi­cro Mini on two wheels

Herald Sun - Motoring - - Prestige -

JUST when Mini was go­ing maxi with its new Coun­try­man wagon, the BMW-owned iconic Brit has lopped off two wheels and gone mi­cro.

Mini will show a plug-in elec­tric scooter con­cept at the Paris Mo­tor Show next month. But it will have some com­pe­ti­tion from Smart with its own plug-in elec­tric scooter at the show.

The Mini E Scooter Con­cept fea­tures a lot of styling cues from its plug-in elec­tric-car con­cept, right down to the large dish­plate speedo and the AC plug mo­tif.

It fea­tures an elec­tric mo­tor in the rear wheel with power from a lithium-ion bat­tery un­der the seat that can be charged from a stan­dard A/C power out­let via a re­tractable cable. Mini is mak­ing no com­ments yet on whether it will go into pro­duc­tion, but a scooter would be a bet­ter fit for the brand than for BMW, even though the Ger­man com­pany made a C1 scooter with a roof in 2001-02.

BMW Mo­tor­rad last year de­vel­oped an elec­tric ver­sion of the C1 for a Euro­pean study into traf­fic con­ges­tion, but the com­pany’s mo­tor­cy­cle di­vi­sion is con­cen­trat­ing more on per­for­mance bikes.

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