Gizmag reports that BMW is considering entering the electric motorcycle market. BMW has brought out a concept bike, designed from the ground up as an electric bike, even though it’s called the E-scooter. It uses its battery casing as a primary component of the frame. With a regenerative braking system built in and a full charge from a conventional power socket taking less than three hours, the E-Scooter is capable of over 100km per charge, and easily makes freeway speeds.
The Mini Scooter E by BMW is a retro plug-in electric vehicle inspired by the Mini Cooper, just unveiled September 23, 2010 in London, England. Each of the E Series’ three scooter designs will feature the same circular instruments and speedometer found on the famed vehicle, and a lithium ion-power source.
Students at the International School of Design (ISD) at Valenciennes, France have created a concept machine that replaces the conventional combustion engine with a 20-litre cryogenic cylinder powered by a hydrogen fuel cell. Taking its styling clues primarily from BMW’s HP2 Sport, the new creation is called the BMW HP Kunst. Watch the video below to get a better look at what you may be riding in ten years time.
BMW has developed the C1 Electric scooter. It is based on the original petrol powered C1, with a more aerodynamic appearance. The new model is powered by a Vectrix electric motor and has the same previous safety features like a seat belt and roll over bar. There are currently no plans to put it into production according to the factory, as it was produced as part of a European safety project, but it certainly looks cool.
Read about this electric scooter, and other motorcycle gear and equipment that is going to come on the market in 2010, at Euro Gossip December 2009.
Seven years ago, BMW had introduced the C1 motorcycle. As part of a renewed demand for eco-friendly vehicles, they are bringing it back – this time in an electric-powered version.
BMW Motorrad is currently displaying its new C1 E concept. Although the styling differs from the original production model, the C1 E retains the safety cage, which provides the rider with rollover protection (some European countries allowed C1 riders to forgo helmets) and a four-point seatbelt.
The C1 E uses the powertrain from the electric Vectrix scooter.
The BMW Halbo, an entrant at the BMW Motorrad Innovation Contest 2009, is a front wheel-driven electric bike that uses a small rear wheel only to ensure balance. A ball joint is affixed to the rear, which helps the bike make turns with ease.
According to the designer, Pierre Yohanes Lubis, the Halbo is specifically designed for the “vibrant youth of highly populated cities.”
Isle of Man (May 12, 2009) — Istle of Man TTXGP motorcycle green grand prix founder Azhar Hussain Hussain test-rode its e-cycle, the TTX01, at the Zolder circuit in Belgium (an undulating 4.011 km (2.492-mile) track), where pro riders Werner Daemen (in photo) and Didier de Radigues test rode it. Daemen rides for Team BMW Motorrad and Radigues is a four time grand prix winner.
The TTX01 is a prototype of a bike Hussain hopes to start selling in 2010. He took a Suzuki GSX-R750 frame and outfitted it with air-cooled Agni Lynch electric motors and a 4.3 kilowatt-hour battery pack.