German automaker BMW is one of the most diverse brands in the industry, having branched itself out past its cars division into other ventures, particularly motorcycles.

At the company’s recent Motorrad Innovation Day 2011, the German brand unveiled their latest two-wheeled concept machine, the electric drive E-Scooter.

Featuring a design that lends itself to the lack of a main frame, the E-Scooter comes with an aluminum battery casing that is connected to the steering head support, the rear frame, and the left-hand mounted single swing arm, which is directly hinged to a horizontally installed shock absorber. The charging device of the E-Scooter comes with a charge cable that allows the bike’s battery to be recharged in a painless manner - any household power socket will suffice.

The electric drivetrain of the E-Scooter allows it to reduce its range by somewhere around 10 - 20 percent depending on the bike’s profile.

The E-Scooter’s performance numbers have yet to be announced, but BMW is pegging the bike to produce an output that ’s right around the range of maxi scooters that are currently powered by a 600-cc combustion engine with a driving range of well over 60 miles.

For a scooter that boasts of an electric drivetrain, that’s a mighty impressive number given that it compares favorably to its fuel counterparts.


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  (374) posted on 10.17.2011

It will surely captivate lots of attention on its body design, so aggressive and oozing with angst on that. Anyway, I hope that they really had a plan to put this concept on the market production.

  (291) posted on 07.12.2011

hmm. It seems that going green among bikes is already demanding..I wonder if will drive the same with unreliable electric engine.. The performance of this bike is quite less powerful compare to the gas-powered.

  (392) posted on 07.12.2011

I want to see this concept with its camouflage removed. I bet those modified detailing would be a good piece to see. I bet this bike edition would be likely the same with its car upgrade

  (419) posted on 07.6.2011

I would admit that, for a company that is known more for cars, this one actually looks pretty impressive. Now, if only BMW would be kind enough and sign this one up for production.

  (434) posted on 07.5.2011

Hmm, it seems that this one is starting to be a new trend with the automakers. First, Jeep released their concept bike, now BMW is doing theirs. I wonder who would go next.

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