Can’t see yourself getting around on a Segway? Fair enough, we say. MINI might have the right trick for us all, though, with its new Citysurfer scooter.
It’s not the first electric scooter, but, being a MINI, the Citysurfer boasts a certain amount of panache not found with most of its would-be rivals.
That’s ‘would-be’ because, like the brand’s earlier two-wheeled projects, the Citysurfer is merely a concept; a design and technology study.
Weighing in at 18kg, the Citysurfer claims a top speed of around 25km/h, or about the average speed for a relatively enthusiastic cyclist. (This writer averages about 23km/h on the pushy, so you’d have him beat on this thing.)
MINI promises a riding range of around 15 to 20 kilometres, which, really, is plenty for the average urban commute.
Beyond that, the electric motor will automatically disconnect from the scooter’s freehub, allowing the rider to switch to good ol’ foot power.
The upside to that is that, like many of today’s hybrids, the Citysurfer’s motor will then use brake energy recuperation to slowly-but-surely recharge itself.
But, just in case you push yourself too far, the Citysurfer will fold neatly for easy stowage in the average light hatchback.
No word yet on a production future, but we can see this thing becoming popular on the morning commute if MINI does make a move on it.