The scooters, which will be presented by BMW and Mercedes-Benz under the MINI and Smart brands respectively, are hints at the direction both companies could take with electric mobility in the future.
MINI’s Scooter E effort is based on the current production MINI cars, with 11-inch wheels and a “powerful and robust appearance,” which, combined with the large, round front light and radiator grill, evokes the MINI four wheelers.
MINI will present two concepts, with one- and two-seater versions that have different contrasting color schemes.
Both models feature the round center speedometer found on MINI vehicles and an integrated adapter for a smartphone, which operates at the vehicle’s key, display and central control element.
Smart, which unveiled its escooter a day earlier on September 22, uses an unconventional, sporty design which also pays tribute to the pioneering design used in the Smart four wheelers — including interchangeable plastic body panels.
It is capable of a top speed of 45 km/h and offers a range of up to 100 kilometers, charged from any household power outlet within three to five hours.
Like its MINI counterpart, the Smart escooter also integrates a smartphone as a key, speedometer and other vehicle information, using a special mount in the center of the handlebars.
Both concepts will be on show at the Paris Motor Show, which runs from October 2 – 17 in Paris.