Well Mini also comes smaller than the MINI car. Mini of BMW
has presented an innovative concept providing increased flexibility for
individual mobility in conurbation areas. This MINI Citysurfer Concept combines
the agile riding properties of a kick scooter with an electric drive and
expressive design features in the style of the British premium brand.
This concept scooter like vehicle has a wide range of
potential uses due to its compact structure, foldability and low weight of just
18 kg. Yes, it’s just 18kg. It is suitable both for use on its own and in
combination with other means of transportation and is easy to transport, for
example in the luggage compartment of the new MINI 3 door or on buses and
The MINI Citysurfer takes up minimum traffic space due to
single-track concept, enabling spontaneous and convenient mobility even in
those sections of an urban area not accessible to motorised vehicles. Thus, it
is the ideal mobility supplement for covering the distance between car park,
rail or bus station and final destination.
It has an auxiliary electric drive with thumb-operated
accelerator and gearless hub motor in the rear wheel. The electric motor power
permits top speed of 25 km/h. Theelectric drive of the MINI Citysurfer Concept
is not activated until a minimum speed is reached from the rider's own physical
thrust and the motor is deactivated by means of a brake lever.
The power supply is via lithium-ion battery permanently
installed in the frame which charges via 12-volt automobile socket or household
socket. Once can also charge during travel by means of brake energy
regeneration when brake is activated. The battery management system comes with
integrated power electronics. The electric range is around 15 to 25 kilometres
(10 – 15 miles). The use of the MINI Citysurfer Concept is possible at any
time, independently of auxiliary electric drive using physical strength and
without rolling resistance from the motor.
The concept has safe, versatile and agile riding properties,
large wheels with pneumatic tyres also make it suitable for bumpy paths, low
foot board, stable frame and height-adjustable handlebars. It has three brake
systems which operate independently of each other. The recuperation brake is via
electric drive generator function while there are hydraulic disc brakes at the
front and rear wheel. The concept has excellent deceleration and agile handling
since there are no limits to the rider in shifting the centre of gravity. There
is good all-round view and visibility to other road users due to upright riding
There is also protection from dirt and weather impact due to
trim parts and wheel covers at front and rear.
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