[UPDATE] We’re having trouble verifying these numbers with the official BMW press information. We published a range figure of around 60 mile in yesterday’s post based on inside sources (not
confirmed) but have yet to hear anything further. We’ll let you know if we get any kind of confirmation on the top speed.
This just in from BMW Blog:
Dubbed MINI Scooter E Concept, the model is e two-wheeler electric scooter. The electric motor is placed behind the rear wheel, and its fuel autonomy is estimated at around 62 miles. Top speed is 31 mph.
Bummer. It’s a bit of a disappointment, frankly. These numbers mean that this scooter is fully MINI in aesthetics, but less so in performance. While the 31 mph top speed places this scooter concept in what is arguably the most accessible conventional scooter speed range (50cc), it really limits where this vehicle can realistically travel. Though you’d be cruising in style, you’d be relegated to only the most urban of downtown avenues or the sleepy streets of your favorite suburb. The upside? In most states you’d be road legal with just your driver’s license â€” no motorcycle endorsement required. The 62 mile range is impressive and would be more than adequate for the urban commute plus plenty of nonchalant shopping, even if you couldn’t get there in much of a hurry. Here’s hoping for a future JCW version with a bit more oomph!