BMW Motorrad’s brand new wireless charging solution patented
The future of personal transportation is heading down the path of electrification. As more EVs begin to hit the streets, the challenge of charging convenience will become paramount to the consumer, and as a matter of fact, it already has. Charging your electric motorcycle means having to pull out a cord physically, and plug-in to your machine for hours together. This might not be the most convenient way to do that.
BMW Motorrad has probably come up with a more natural way to do this, and the technology is not particularly new even. Remember wireless charging your smartphone on a charging pad?
2017 - 2019 BMW C Evolution
The Bayerische Motoren Werke introduced its original C Evolution electric scooter to the great proving ground that is the European scooter market all the way back in 2012 and it’s finally in the U.S. market. A boosted battery ampacity gives it the increased range needed to handle a long-distance commute, but it’s the electronics suite that really puts the C Evolution in a class of its own. Traction control, torque control and ABS all make an appearance along with the 35-horsepower motor that, according to the factory, has no problem running right up to the 80 mph governor. I had to remind myself more than once that this is still considered just a scooter, though it could certainly embarrass many a low- to mid-range ride. Not just other scooters either, but proper motorcycles. Don’t believe it? Read on and I’ll make my case.
Continue reading to see my review of the BMW C Evolution.
BMW’s electric supersport to beat the mighty HP4
The HP4 is an exemplary showcase of cutting-edge technology, exotic materials, skilled craftsmanship, design, and creativity. This tells us all about the experience, skillset and state-of-the-art know-how the folks at BMW have that make them rise above and beyond. But what if the same guys one day decide to power their machine with batteries and motors instead of pistons and shafts?
Don’t bother, because they have already done that a couple of years ago. The experimental vehicle eRR, created as a project with the Technical University of Munich, envisioned a BMW badge on an electric supersport motorcycle back in 2015 when the whole idea of electric powertrains was still in the concept stages.
Automatic transmission is on the prowl
Automatic vs. Manual has been a hot debate for the four-wheeler segment ever since the first automatic car was born in 1940 by General Motors’ Cadillac. And now, it seems like it will create similar situations in the two-wheeler segment as well. Or would it?
Honda has been at the forefront of new technology and has heavily invested into bringing automatic transmission to everyday motorcycles. It has been a pioneer in developing new forms of gear and clutch designs and is vying to change the dimensions of free riding, starting with the scooters all the way to the mighty Gold-Wing.
Every other major player has their own versions of the same having different acronyms but ultimately does the same job. It seems the manual transmission is well on its slide into obsolescence within the automotive world. And the ones responsible are these folks:
As I peruse different concept and technology sites in my search for cool motorcycle innovations, things catch my attention and I like to share them with folks of similar interests. Sometimes innovative and creative designs leave me wondering “How did I ever live without this?” Then there’s the rest of the time when I have to wonder “What the Hell were they thinking?” For me, the UNI-CUB by Honda and Halbo from BMW each fit into one of the categories and are certainly interesting enough to share.
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While it doesn’t exactly match the level of extravagance of the Dupai Police department, the Barcelona Police Department was the recipient of 30 BMW C Evolution maxi scooters from the German automaker, making it the first time the local police force in the Spanish city would be using electrically powered vehicles.
This is important for a lot of reasons, not the least of which is giving officers of the Barcelona PD an alternative vehicle to use for their everyday duties. That is an alternative that has had an increased importance in recent years because of the city’s growing acceptance of eco-friendly vehicles.
You can already see the transformation towards an more environment-friendly way of living throughout the city. The use of these electric scooters is just the latest step towards an environmental urban progression. It’s unclear how many of these electric maxi scooters BMW will end up delivering to the Barcelona police department, but I wouldn’t be surprised if more of these scooters are delivered to the police department in the coming months or years. After all, when you’re talking about a city as big as Barcelona, I reckon that you’re going to need more than 30 electric maxi scooters to patrol its busy streets.
BMW’s delivery of these bikes isn’t the only positive development coming out of Bavaria. On the business end, BMW Motorrad scored another impressive sales growth in the month of February. During that time, the German firm reported selling 9,195 motorcycles and scooters. That’s an impressive increase of 13.5 percent compared to the same time period a year ago. It’s a nice haul for BMW as it continues its sales ascendancy in 2015. In fact, the company’s sales volume for the first two months of the year has already hit 13,536 units, a number that according to the company’s head of sales and marketing Heiner Faust represents a 14.2 percent growth in sales volume in the first two months of 2015.
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BMW has revealed the complete specifications of its new C Evolution scooter. The new scooter is fully electric and features selectable regenerative braking, Torque Control Assistant (to limit power under acceleration if wheel slip is detected), a large TFT display and daytime LED running lights.
Power comes from a drivetrain swing arm with liquid-cooled permanent magnet synchronous motor via a toothed belt and ring gearing. The motor delivers 11 kW (15 hp), with a peak output of 35 kW (47 hp) which is more than enough to propel the scooter to a top speed of 120 km/h (75 mph, electronically limited).
The motor is linked to an 8 kWh capacity air-cooled lithium-ion high-voltage battery that delivers enough power to give you a riding range of up to 100 kilometres (62 miles). The battery can be fuly charged charged in around 4 hours using any standard 220V domestic socket with a 12A charge current.
Price and availability have not yet been announced.
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Most of the vehicle manufacturers are trying to keep it up with the latest technologies in the business and are constantly trying to develop new ways to make their products more efficient, comfortable and practical.
As the oil crisis is getting worse with every year that passes, the big manufacturers are looking for a viable replacement for the classic combustion engines and at the moment, the most promising technology is considered to be the one based on electric power.
BMW is aware of the potential that stays behind this type of technology and has already started to develop electric vehicles. After presenting the C evolution concept a while ago, the company is now ready with the production version and has officially announced that it will present its new model at the IAA Car Show in Frankfurt, 10 September 2013.
The new electric scooter will be based on the same technology used by the innovative BMW i3, so as far as performances are concerned we’ll certainly be pleasantly surprised.
The new scooter will be built on the same platform as the company’s C-series, so technically, it will be an electric maxi scooter that will provide plenty of space for the rider as well as a generous storage volume.
A while back, BMW brought out the E-Scooter Concept that would be previewing the brand’s electric drive line. Not much has been said about the production model as of yet, but our spy photographers were quick to click when they spotted this future electric bike testing, and they say it sounds just like a gas-powered model.
It is believed that the scooter caught testing is, in fact, a production version of the BMW Concept C unveiled in 2010 at the EICMA Motorcycle Show. Known as BMW’s maxi scooter, the new model will use a 650 cc engine and will be offered in two different versions. However, don’t expect to see much from the concept in the production version, especially those blue tires and lasers that made many fall in love with it to begin with. Those will definitely not be showing up as the production model will adopt a more conventional appearance.
Although it wears the BMW badge, this is a concept bike created by a group of design students at ISD of Valenciennes, France. Called the “BMW HP Kunst”, the whole concept spins around the idea of hydrogen power, so it features the fuel cell where you’ll normally find the internal combustion engine on a regular motorcycle, a 20-liter cryogenic tank and a lithium polymer battery pack for electrical energy supply.
The French students do offer a glimpse in the ecological future of motorcycles, but the thing still had to look good and perform even better. Being asymmetric, dynamic and featuring electronic brakes and controls as well as electromagnetic suspensions, we believe this is an overall great concept motorcycle with good chances to hit production if BMW ever thinks to turn their research effort on hydrogen into something profitable.
Urban traffic studies show that the city is precisely the environment where most crashes happen due to obvious reasons and BMW Motorrad is aware of that. What we’re interested in is the ingenious concept bike they’ve come up with as a solution to reduce the big number of motorcycle crash victims. Referred to as a “single track vehicle for city traffic”, the BMW C1-E concept is the electric version of the BMW C1 scooter, meaning that it protects riders with a safety cell made of roll-over bars and keeps them in the actual cell with the use of a seat belt.
Everything that rolls on wheels is green nowadays, so the BMW C1-E concept is powered by an electric motor made from Vectrix components and supplied with energy by a lithium-ion battery. Still, the thing could turn into a hybrid, but there’s no official word about production at this time. That is because BMW worked their magic with this concept to contribute at the European Safer Urban Motorcycling campaign. Read the press release after the break.
The BMW Halbo concept looks like the kind of bike you can take with you in vacation. Yes, it is small and this makes it fun, efficient, but also very dangerous to ride, at least from where I’m sitting now. Actually, designer Pierre Yohanes Lubis claims it only takes up half as much space as your average bike.
That is due to some innovative construction methods such as the engine being an integrated part of the full-sized front wheel. At the back, you get a whole different scenario: the tiny spherical wheel is mounted on a moving arm that is supposed to balance the bike.
Addressed to "eco-minded young individuals," we can suppose it features
an electric motor, but why would anyone want to hit the streets on such a bike? Sure, it can be efficient at work places where you have to move a lot (and where workers currently use bicycles) as long as companies are willing to pay the price (currently unknown), but it looks too risky for the streets.