At the 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show, Mini introduced its latest concept, an electric foldable kick scooter.
It can reach 25 km/h (15 mph) in top speed through a hub motor in the rear wheel. The motor is not activated until a minimum speed is reached from the rider’s own physical thrust, and is controlled by a thumb-operated accelerator. A lithium-ion battery provides a range of 15 to 25 km (10-15 miles), and the scooter has a brake energy recuperation system. It weighs only 18 kg (40 lb), and when folded fits easily in the trunk of a car.
Mini describes the City Surfer as the “ideal last mile solution” and as an example of the BMW Group’s “creativity in the development of sustainable solutions for future mobility”. We heard all this before when in 2010 Mini introduced the E Scooter at the Paris Auto Show:
We wish these concepts would make it to production, because Mini or Smart would legitimize the electric scooter. They would also reassure potential customers about a professional after sale service.