BMW’s Concept E Electric Scooter – Sleek, Pointy, Looks Like a Superhero

BMW wants you to know that on its way toward electric mobility, it has gone down the path of the single-track vehicle. To this end, the Concept e electric scooter – lacking, as it does, the platform footrest that makes the scooter so attractive – debuted at the IAA.

Scooters are not what BMW is known for – it does cars and motorcycles, but clearly, the company wishes to satisfy future mobility needs on both two and four wheels. The i3 and the i8 are the first wave of BMW’s push toward electric mobility, but it is now hoping to gain a foothold in the scooter crowd.

The primary purpose of the IAA exhibit is to display the framework for a future electric scooter – nothing definite has been revealed, only vaguest and most teasing hints. Acceleration should match a scooter with a traditional combustion engine, the range should be at least 62 miles, and the top speed should enable the scooter to travel urban freeways. The battery should charge in less than 3 hours.

Two LCD monitors grace the Concept e – one displays the feed from the rearview cameras and the other is a multi-function display for everything else (speed, range, etc) – while the overall shape recalls the BMW touring bikes and their two-stroke combustion-engine scooters planned for the end of 2011. The electric scooter should also provide a fair level of protection from the weather (it’s a scooter – if you want to stay totally dry, this is not the vehicle for you), and the construction materials should reflect the environmental friendliness of its electric engine. A date for sale has yet to be set. Promises, promises, BMW. It looks great – let’s see it happen.

Source | Gallery: Auto Motor Und Sport.

Charis Michelsen

spent 7 years living in Germany and Japan, studying both languages extensively, doing translation and education with companies like Bosch, Nissan, Fuji Heavy, and others. Charis has a Bachelor of Science degree in biology and currently lives in Chicago, Illinois. She also believes that Janeway was the best Star Trek Captain.