With the pioneering i3 hatchback now seven years in the rearview,BMW is making strides toward becoming a major player in electric mobility once more. This month the German automaker unveiled what will be its flagship electric SUV, the iX, but it also hinted at the future of its battery-powered two-wheeled offerings.
BMW’s Motorrad division unveiled a concept called the Definition CE 04, which the company thinks will “redefine the scooter segment” and revolutionise urban transport.
Although BMW said the Definition CE 04 is a near-production concept, it didn’t reveal any specs, so details like the scooter’s range and battery size remain a mystery. What the company did reveal, however, is a host of interesting features and a futuristic design that looks right out of a sci-fi movie.
Here’s what we know about the Definition CE 04 so far:
With the Definition CE 04, BMW is looking to break the mould of traditional scooter design and bring it into the 21st century.
BMW designed it to be longer and lower than scooters currently on the market.
And the sleek two-wheeler’s diagonally slanted front end further sets it apart scooters available today.
A flat battery pack mounted in the bike’s underbody makes room for an illuminated storage cubby under the seat, where riders can stow a helmet.
BMW also says the low battery placement makes for a low centre of gravity and a more fun ride.
Designers purposefully made it so the side panels don’t cover up all the bike’s innards — BMW wanted the bike’s technology to play a role in its look.
A 10.25-inch display — which BMW claims is the biggest currently in the scooter segment — pairs to a rider’s smartphone.
BMW also sought to connect riders to the vehicle through a collection of protective gear that integrates with the Definition CE 04.
BMW developed black riding jeans, sneakers, and a helmet to launch alongside the concept, but the coolest piece of gear is undoubtedly an off-white parka.
It has integrated lights that riders can switch on and off through controls in the sleeve. There’s also a wireless phone charger built into the inner pocket.
All the sharp angles and clean lines make for a modern, minimalist design.
And while there’s not much stopping BMW from actually selling a bike that looks a lot like this in the near future, it will have to alter the design to account for requirements like mirrors and turn signals.
BMW said the concept “provides a concrete preview of what a contemporary production vehicle could look like.”
BMW already sells a $US14,000 electric scooter called the C Evolution, but it says the Definition CE 04 represents its next step in emission-free urban mobility.