Mini Citysurfer Electric Scooter is a Range Extender for your Feet
On the whole, Mini tends to build small cars. However the automaker’s latest concept takes that formula to the extreme – so small in fact, that it only has two wheels. And it’s not exactly a car. This is the Citysurfer Concept, fresh off the show floor at the LA Auto Show, and it’s a lightweight and compact kick scooter equipped with electric drive. It’s a bit of a tangent from Mini’s typical four-wheeled runabouts, but the automaker suggests this two-wheeler is the perfect accomplice for individual urban mobility. RELATED: Check out more photos of the electric Mini Citysurfer Concept
Instead of driving your car into the city center, Mini proposes that you can sidestep more high congestion areas by parking further away and using the Citysurfer as a dedicated secondary means of travel, meaning you can forget the infrequent buses or crowded subways. The 40-pound scooter folds compact enough to conveniently fit in the back of the new Mini 3-door, and Mini affirms it’s even smaller than a folding bicycle.
Once up to speed, riders can activate the Citysurfer’s electric drive capability and zip around at speeds of up to 15mph for between 10 and 15 miles of range. The electric motor draws power from a lithium-ion battery pack (concealed in a rain-proof housing), which is located beneath the footboard. It even uses brake regeneration to aid in recuperating more range as well.
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Once that power is depleted, the electric motor switches off and disconnects from the wheel hub, allowing the rider to move on foot power without added rolling resistance. A full recharge can be supplied by the wall socket in your office or even through the 12-volt socket in your car.
Sure, there might be drier, warmer, and less strenuous ways to get from point A to point B, but a one-two-punch of Mini Cooper and mini scooter might be the easiest for the urbanite on the go.
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