Tomorrow's world: BMW unveil next gen electric scooter concept with advanced connectivity
BMW have unveiled the Definition CE 04: a technologically advanced electric scooter concept that brings their 2017 Concept Link one step closer to mass production reality. The idea behind Concept Link was to show rider that without the constraints of internal combustion, the design of a scooter could be radically altered, while also demonstrating how easily it could slot into your life thanks to its advanced connectivity.
Central to the design of the Concept Link and subsequently the Definition, is the use of large flat battery packs under the 'floor' of the scooter. By using the battery packs to create a floor the design opens up the room for a large storage area under the seat, that can be used to store a helmet while also giving plenty of leg space and seat space. It also lowers the centre of gravity considerably, making it easier to manoeuvre around town.
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To help the bike stay connected, the concept has a 10.25" full-colour TFT dash, which would not only display important info about the bike but also connect with a phone for music, calls and navigation.
At the unveiling of the Concept Link, BMW also suggested it could link up with your work calendar, seamlessly navigating you from one appointment to the next. To go with the scoot is also a range of funky clothing, the highlight of which is a parka with an in-built wireless charging pocket to ensure your smart phone is always topped up as you ride. Essential really, considering how integral it will be to getting the most from the bike.
"Electric mobility is a central drive system for the BMW Group and we are consistently relying on this technology in our sustainability strategy," says Edgar Heinrich, Head of Design at BMW Motorrad.
"Electric drives are also a current topic for BMW Motorrad, especially for the urban environment. Since 2013, we have been a pioneer in this area with the BMW C evolution scooter. The BMW Motorrad Definition CE 04 is the logical continuation of the electromobility strategy for urban conurbations and provides a concrete preview of what a contemporary production vehicle could look like."
The Definition comes at an interesting time for BMW. The whole group (which includes cars) thinks that 25% of their vehicle sales will be electric by next year, while their investment in battery technology means they’ll be in a position to begin manufacturing their own lithium batteries within 12 months.
With the current coronavirus pandemic dramatically decreasing public transport use, while large cities struggle with both congestion and increasing emissions, a new electric scooter probably couldn’t come quick enough for BMW.