Mini Citysurfer Concept: Urban fun for one
Mini stepped out of its conventional transportation arena in Los Angeles to reveal a new take on modern urban mobility in the form of the Citysurfer Concept. Combining the agility of a conventional kick scooter with supplemental electric drive, this diminutive two-wheeler can carry its owner in and out of even the tightest city confines with ease and then be quickly and easily folded and stored in the rear of a new Mini Cooper.
Weighing just 40 pounds, the Citysurfer Concept gets its EV motivation from a brushless electric hub motor in the rear wheel fed by a lithium-ion battery pack mounted under the floorboard. However, the motor only engages after the scooter reaches a human-propelled minimum velocity. The Citysurfer has a 10-15 mile range and can reach a top speed of 15 mph. Recharging can be done via a conventional household outlet or any 12V powerpoint as well as by regenerative braking which works in concert with the its conventional and fully adjustable front/rear hydraulic discs.
The Citysurfer Concept is fitted with impact softening pneumatic tires, height-adjustable handlebars and a flexible smartphone holder with charging socket that facilitates both communication and app-driven navigation. Mini hasn't said if it plans to bring out a production version of the Citysurfer.
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