• Jul 6, 2011
BMW Motorrad E-Scooter – Click above to watch video after the jump

BMW have lifted the veil on its BMW Motorrad E-Scooter concept. Although it sports camouflage to disguise the contours of its bodywork, the company doesn't hold much back on its performance and inner workings. The "development study" is basically an elegantly packaged maxi-scooter capable of competently fulfilling your two-wheeled transportation needs in an urban environment.

In the real world, that translates to a range of 100 kilometers (62 miles) and a top speed said to enable easy passing on "urban motorways." Acceleration is most brisk from 0 to 60 km/h (37 miles per hour) and can easily attack a slope from a dead stop, even with a passenger on the pillion. Regenerative braking is in play and is said to recycle 10 to 20 percent of the energy expended, depending on your riding style. Charging takes three hours from empty and it plugs into a typical household socket.

The story under the camo is just as compelling. The battery box does double duty as the frame and is connected to the steering head up front and sub-frame out back. The motor, power electronics and charger (when it's in use) are all liquid cooled, while the battery is air-cooled. For extra tidiness, the final drive chain is enclosed in the single-sided swingarm.

No word on whether the machine will reach market soon, though we do find it interesting that it wasn't presented in a flashy finish like most concept vehicles. Check out the gallery below before hitting the jump for more details and a pair of videos featuring the bike in motion and its inner workings.



[Source: BMW]
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BMW Motorrad Concept Vehicle
BMW E-Scooter.

Innovative development study with
electric drive.


Space is becoming increasingly scarce in the major conurbation centres and traffic density is growing continuously. Political and social conditions are changing. All these factors coalesce in increasing demands in terms of private transportation. The concept vehicle BMW E-Scooter with electric drive provides an innovative look at changing urban mobility needs.

While the currently available, purely electrically-powered scooters have been almost exclusively used inside towns and cities to date due to their performance and range, which makes them suitable for short distances only, the concept vehicle BMW E-Scooter offers a much broader spectrum of use.

High range and excellent performance figures.
Since it was conceived as a future-oriented vehicle for commuting between urban areas and the city centre, therefore attracting funding from the German Federal Ministry of Transport, Building and Urban Development, there were two main requirements for its development: dynamic figures comparable to those of a maxi scooter with a combustion engine and a high range in realistic conditions of use.

The concept vehicle BMW E-Scooter provides the necessary sustained output and maximum speed for safe and reliable overtaking on urban motorways and also when carrying two people. It is also easily capable of managing hill starts on steep slopes with a pillion passenger.

The development study also has the necessary maximum output to be able to achieve acceleration figures within the important 0 - 60 km/h range, which are at the level of current maxi scooters powered by a 600 cc combustion engine.

The high storage capacity of the battery allows a daily driving range of over 100 kilometres. In this way, the BMW E-Scooter concept vehicle provides a long-term, zero-emissions urban and suburban travel option which is suitable for everyday use.

Fast charging at conventional power sockets.
The E-Scooter concept vehicle's battery is charged at regular household power sockets as found in Europe, the USA, Canada and Japan, so no special charging station is required. When the battery is completely flat, the charging period is less than three hours. However, practical experience has shown that the battery rarely runs out completely, so charging times are generally shorter.

Frame.
Unlike existing maxi scooters with combustion engines, the concept vehicle does not have a main frame. Instead, the aluminium battery casing - which also contains the electronic system required for battery cell monitoring - takes over the function of the frame. The steering head support is connected to it, as is the rear frame and the left-hand mounted single swing arm with directly hinged, horizontally installed shock absorber.

Electric machine, power electronics and charging device.
Due to its high output, the BMW Motorrad development study has no hub motor with direct drive or planetary gearbox. Instead, the high-performance electric machine is mounted behind the battery casing. The secondary drive consists of a toothed belt from the electric machine to the belt pulley mounted coaxially on the swinging fork pivot with drive pinion. From here, power transmission occurs via roller chain to the rear wheel.

When the E-Scooter is decelerated in trailing throttle or when braking, the energy released
is recuperated, thereby increasing the vehicle's range by between 10 and 20 per cent depending on driving profile.

The electrical components required for the electric drive are installed on the top of the battery casing. The external battery electronics system permanently collects and monitors data such as the temperature and voltage of the battery cells, both during travel and while charging. The power electronics acts as a control system and controls the electric machine. The charging device includes a charge cable which allows the battery to be recharged at a conventional household power socket. In addition to the other components like an ISO insulation monitor, high-voltage indicator and a high-voltage distributor, a DC-DC converter is included. It is required to change high voltage to low voltage power to supply the 12 volt vehicle supply and especially for the control units.

Cooling system.
During travel, the electric machine and power electronics are liquid-cooled as is the charging device during charging. An electric coolant pump ensures coolant circulation through the radiator. While a coolant is commonly used for the battery in electrically powered cars, the E-Scooter concept vehicle uses an air cooling system in order to save space.

Safety.
BMW Motorrad is one of the very few motorcycle manufacturers to be able to draw on its own experience and expertise in the automobile field in the development of electrically powered vehicles. Synergies are derived from the development of the BMW E-Scooter concept vehicle not just in the ready availability of technical components but also in the area of high voltage engineering and the associated safety requirements. Here for the first time,
standards established by the leading automobile manufacturer relating to high voltage safety (> 60 volt)and functional reliability are being applied to a two-wheel vehicle with electric drive.







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      Dan Frederiksen
      • 17 Hours Ago
      as I said on autoblog a couple of days ago, it doesn't have to be built this heavy thus could be cheaper. build it more like a bicycle with tough wheels. the lighter the cheaper in batteries. this BMW will no doubt cost about as much as a car..
        methos1999
        • 17 Hours Ago
        @Dan Frederiksen
        hhhmmm so are you saying you work for BMW, all wise and knowing DF? Because I don't see anywhere in the article, press release, or videos saying how much it weighs or costs... Therefore you must have some inside information we don't - please enlighten us. Or better yet - let's see the amazing vehicle designs you've come up with that are so amazingly efficient yet safe. Also let's see your plans to raise funds and mass produce since you're clearly such a genius designer - put up or shut up granny!
          letstakeawalk
          • 17 Hours Ago
          @methos1999
          Dan Frederiksen is on record as anti-pneumatic tire, which is what he means by "tough wheels". He has no engineering credibility, whatsoever.
        fly by wireless
        • 17 Hours Ago
        @Dan Frederiksen
        Dan, have you built a vehicle? Have you designed and spec'd a proposed vehicle you are certain can be built with what's on the shelf now? Yes, it's a BMW so it WILL be expensive. BMW = expensive, no way on earth to get around that. Separating the two would be like separating the N from the S of a magnet... Not happening. Low price is not even their priority: performance and cachet are.
      DarylMc
      • 17 Hours Ago
      I agree with DF It seems Vectrix has proved that people don't want a maxi scooter. It's certainly not for me but the market will decide whether it will sell or not. Having riden many high perfomance motorcycles in the past, I got huge smiles on a test ride of this battery powered scooter in a city environment. http://www.nope.com.au/products/electric-scooters/nope-j50-neo/ But for me to buy a battery powered scooter it should have a bit more range and performance. I think wheel motors are the way to go and there should be one front and rear to keep the wheel mass low, provide balanced regen braking and boost performance. In all likelyhood it will not stack up dollar wise but I'm sort of hoping I live long enough to be able to buy such a thing.
      paulwesterberg
      • 17 Hours Ago
      BMW says they are the only ones with a scooter that can do 100km, they must have forgotten about vectrix. They would have more room for storage under the seat if they used a wheel motor instead of the swingarm drivetrain.
        Turbofrog
        • 17 Hours Ago
        @paulwesterberg
        But they'd have worse ride quality, which BMW prides itself on above practicality.
      goodoldgorr
      • 17 Hours Ago
      That is not for sale not because of a lack of R & D but because they knows that there is no market for this. This is good for the museum instead. Im not interrested to buy and there is few interrested to buy, look at vextric. They patented fuelcells to prevent new business and this is just false pr from the petrol(swiss banks) industry. A green apparetus always offer more for less, this scooter offer way less for more dollars, it's a way to resale more crude oil where the profits and more are deposited in swiss international banks.
      Nick
      • 17 Hours Ago
      This is great news! Besides air pollution, scooters make a ton of noise.
      lne937s
      • 17 Hours Ago
      Compared to a heavy scooter, I would rather have a quardacycle like the Twizy.
        Nick
        • 17 Hours Ago
        @lne937s
        But the Twizy won't allow you to sneak around long lines of bumper-to-bumper cars idling.
      Peter
      • 17 Hours Ago
      Nice, BMW is doing the right things