Volkswagen to launch a competitor for MINI Scooter E

MINI | May 1st, 2011 by 5
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In 2010, at the Paris Motor Show, MINI unveiled three Scooter electric models and the automotive world has already begun to ask if “MINI has gone …

In 2010, at the Paris Motor Show, MINI unveiled three Scooter electric models and the automotive world has already begun to ask if “MINI has gone too far”. A recent report from Autocar UK shows that MINI was on the right track. Volkswagen  is the latest brand to pickup the electric scooters trend and unveiled their own version at the Shanghai Motor Show.

According to Autocar, the E-Scooter has a 350-watt electric motor and nickel-metal-hydride battery, which can be removed to be charged indoors. The scooter weighs 44 pounds without batteries, and should be able to travel up to 40 miles at up to 30 mph on a single charge. Future upgrades may include regenerative braking, LED lights, a leather saddle, and lithium-ion batteries.

Volkswagen plans to sell the electric scooter directly to consumers or introduce them in a lease program around major cities. A trial version of the VW E-Scooter will begin in China in 2012.

Volkswagen to launch a competitor for MINI Scooter EThe MINI Scooter E’ drivetrain is based on that of the MINI E: a single electric motor is integrated into the rear wheel hub, and power comes from a compact lithium-ion battery stored under the seat. The battery can be charged from any standard A/C power outlet, via a retractable cable at the back of the scooter. Its driving autonomy is estimated between 50 and 60 miles with a recharge time of four to five hours. While not officially confirmed, top speed is rumored to be between 28 and 31 mph.

We expect other automakers will follow this trend in the future.

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  • http://www.7gen.com reikiman

    350 watts is nothing on an electric scooter. It’d go barely 15 miles/hr. What would be the point to such an underpowered machine especially when there are plenty of companies making more appropriately powered electric scooters? http://visforvoltage.org is a great place to learn about electric scooters.

  • Joanelectricscooter

    Speed isn’t everything- being able to be out and about and not worrying about gas prices is important too. escooters and ebikes need to be fun to be appealing- not necessarily fast. Driving restrictions, driver’s licenses and acceptable places to ride will be areas to deal with going forward. the big companies need to be big players in alternative fuel vehicles of all kinds.

    • pimeto

      When EV become common the precises of electricity will hit the skyes! The reality is that the current EV are total waste of money! You get less range and more wait for recharging… more expensive technology for nothing in return!

    • pimeto

      When EV become common the precises of electricity will hit the skyes! The reality is that the current EV are total waste of money! You get less range and more wait for recharging… more expensive technology for nothing in return!

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