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BMW pushing ahead with E-Scooter development

BMW has yet to confirm its E-Scooter will even make it into production, but looking at the advanced nature of this prototype it would appear it will be sooner rather than later. The firm is still waiting for the launch of the 650cc conventional petrol powered scooters to arrive as they have been delayed due to a series of ‘quality control’...

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motosnape

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motosnape says:

Chinese...

"The firm is still waiting for the launch of the 650cc conventional petrol powered scooters to arrive as they have been delayed due to a series of ‘quality control’ issues". Would that be because they're using Kymco to build their engines? They get the engines manufactured in China, "on the cheap", after all why employ Europeans, their home market to do the job... After this considerable saving and contributing to our eventual domination by China, they make it pretty much the most expensive production petrol scooter that you can buy.

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Rogerborg

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Rogerborg says:

Last we heard, the engines were fine

It's the plastics that weren't up to scratch.  Mind you, it's now starting to look like there may be more "opportunities" lurking in there.

Quality issues are going to be particularly important on a scooter that will be strictly niche in the UK.  If anything goes wrong, good luck finding parts.

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piroflip

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piroflip says:

What they don't tell you is the battery will lose 1% capacity each re-charge and a new battery will cost an arm and a leg.

We're at least ten years away from practical electric bikes.

When the TT racers are doing three full speed laps instead of the "joke" one lap on half throttle that they're doing at the moment, we'll be getting somewhere near.

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venturer

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venturer says:

why electric

Come on BMW, stop playing about with electric motors and put that super light / powerfull / compact turbo diesel engine in the scooter, you know the engine that's been gathering dust in the corner of your workshop. If  BMW don't have that engine already i bet they could knock one out.

also don't even say "who diesel carcinogen" that info will be fed to us a little bit at a time, until we think it's a good idea to put an additional tax on diesel fuel.

 

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wings1372

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wings1372 says:

You can imagine the excuse coming from car drivers that knocked the rider off one of these:

"Sorry mate, I didn't hear you"

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Piglet2010

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Piglet2010 says:

Engine Origin?

Will the BMW maxi-scoots use Taiwanese Kymco engines, or mainland Chinese Lifan engines (like current G-series thumpers)?

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Rogerborg

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Rogerborg says:

Kymco, last we heard

They're good enough that mainland Chinese manufacturers like Dihao buy (Euro 4 compliant) engines from them.  When you consider that they normally like to squeeze every Yuan by doing everything in-house, that's a fairly big compliment to Kymco technology.

BMW are hardly going to boast about it either way though. ;)

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Fly by night

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Fly by night says:

BMW E what

60 miles to a charge, secondary drive what kind of bike company is BMW that they can't come up with something better than that which is already on the market.

 

If you want an E bike that has these specks you would be much better off going for the vectrix, that is a well put together scooter that is all electric and available now.

 

The only problem with them is they suffer the problems all electric motorcycles do, battery power.

 

The range is around 60 miles to a charge with a limited down top speed of around 60 mph.

 

It is classed as a 125 cc and I'm given to understand learners can ride them in the UK though I may be wrong on this one.

 

BMW you are too slow mate, way to slow in production and the design is way off the mark compared to what is already out there.

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Fly by night

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Fly by night says:

One other thing

BMW would be much better off doing what they know best at the moment and bring out a diesel motorcycle that can give the rider 200 miles to a gallon of fuel, do that and they may have some customers.

 

Perhaps even convert one of their existing styled big thumpers into a diesel, how about one of their big trail bikes running on diesel for around the same price as the petrol one, I would buy one of those.

 

 

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slparry

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slparry says:

yuck a diesel bike..... heavy, smelly, slow, ponderous .... all of the features not wanted in a bike to my mind.

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