BMW has been developing motorised scooters and electric bicycles as part of its sponsorship of the 2012 London Olympics. The little electric two-wheeler is called the BMW Pedelec and has a powered top speed of 18 mph, which can be increased by pedalling. It’s a fold-up model much like a traditional pushed scooter so that it can be easily carried on transport.
While BMW has been developing its Concept C as a large, touring electric scooter, the Pedelec will actually go into production. BMW marketing boss, Ian Robertson says:
“We see this as a growing market, and as well as having 200 in use at the Games, we will take them to market.”
Source | Autocar
The BMW E-Scooter concept has become the BMW Concept C (or vice versa, or not at all?) and apparently it could be ready for a production model launch by autumn. We suggest that after seeing last year’s EICMA concept, we could actually see the production version at the 2011 EICMA this November. In any case, it looks as though BMW is at an advanced stage of the project and the only things left to reveal are the style and technical specs.
The BMW Concept C is an electric commuting scooter and we’re assuming BMW has been working on the range (and removing associated anxiety), of the model. HFL suggests we will see two models - both the electric version and a petrol-powered one designed to unseat the Yamaha TMAX as the industry’s favourite maxi-scooter.
In this video from BMW Mag, we can clearly hear the electric motor and we’re guessing BMW will create quite the luxury maxi-scooter. It claims that it has a range of 100 km and is a maxi-scooter in terms of its weight, size and power. We liked the quirky style of the Mini Scooter E, but are keen to see what BMW can produce with an electric maxi-scooter, which could become a very relevant entrant in this sector.
It makes so much sense to us that BMW should create its own maxi-scooter model that we almost can’t believe it hasn’t done so before. The BMW Concept C has been presented live at the EICMA show and it made quite a splash among those present. BMW plans to introduce two premium maxi-scooter models to start with, both equipped with an internal combustion engine. A future model will most likely offer an electric option but let’s take this one step at a time.
BMW has already announced the production of its new maxi-scooters at its new Berlin production plant. They will offer an innovative and futuristic take on the maxi-scooter segment (we like the style already even if the production version will change somewhat from the concept seen here) where the ‘C’ stands for Commuter. And there’s nothing BMW will do better than offer a luxury, cool but practical commuting scooter. Imagine going to work on this thing and you’ve got what BMW has in mind.
BMW Motorrad has done an impressive job with the Concept C scooter. Maxi-scooters are not traditionally the most emotional part of the motorcycle market, but the company has tried to mix both technical functionality and great style. On this first glimpse, we feel they’ve achieved that so far. For all the details, check out the press release after the jump with more pics from EICMA 2010 and the official Concept C gallery.