Building on almost 90 years of experienced in the field of motorised two-wheel vehicles, BMW Motorrad is tapping into the concept of “Urban Mobility” and their new venture, the Electro-Scooter is sure to take individual commuting to new heights.
Before the end of this year, BMW Motorrad will establish its new “Urban Mobility” area with two premium vehicles in the maxi scooter segment. The BMW maxi scooters combine the functionality of a scooter with the riding pleasure of a motorcycle. Both vehicles are powered by high-performance and efficient 2-cylinder combustion engines.
BMW recently unveiled their brainchild, the BMW Concept e, at the Frankfurt International Motor Show and it appears that this zippy two-wheeler will be the answer to eco-friendly urban transportation. BMW Motorrad designers have developed the style and shaping of the e-scooter of the future – electric, digital, dynamic.
And it is a clever, eye-pleasing design, too. The BMW Motorrad design style is reflected in the twin-tipped spoiler in the floating panel of the front trim, a boomerang-shaped and aerodynamically formed floating panel. The short, sporty rear highlights the active riding character of the electrically powered scooter, giving it a visual sense of dynamic performance which is underscored by the low cut windshield.
The Concept e replaced conventional rear mirrors with two video cameras integrated in the glass of the rear light cluster which clearly displays the situation on the road behind the rider on two LCD monitors installed in the cockpit. Speed and other relevant data is shown on a digital display in the cockpit which is reduced to the essentials.
For the power electronics and battery technology, BMW Motorrad draws on the innovative e-technology and expertise of the BMW Group. BMW i high voltage technology (> 60 volts) with the very highest safety standards enables electrically powered vehicles to equal the acceleration rates of a maxi scooter with combustion engine. The generous storage capacity of the battery, an intelligent battery management system and efficient brake energy recuperation ensure a realistic range of 100 kilometres for everyday use. What is more, BMW Motorrad developers are aiming to achieve a continuous output and maximum speed which will enable safe overtaking on urban motorways when carrying a passenger.
The battery is charged at regular household power sockets as found in Europe, the USA, Canada and Japan, there is no need for a special charging station. When the battery is completely flat, the charging period is less than three hours. Practical experience with concept vehicles has already shown that the battery rarely runs out completely, so charging times are generally shorter.
When the Concept e will show its snazzy rear in South Africa has not yet been announced, but one thing is for sure, morning traffic will never be the same on one of these.