Take your garden-variety European city--Paris, say, or Rome--and think about all the scooter-rocking businessmen zipping off to work. What if those fuel-efficient motos went even greener by making use of hybrid and EV technology? BMW Motorrad is taking on sustainability for the individual traveler with their Concept E scooter revealed at the Frankfurt Motor Show.
According to a study conducted by Pike Research, the number of electric motorcycles and scooters on the roads across the globe will increase from an estimated 17 million in 2011 to 138 million by 2017. Battery-powered two-wheelers are already widely used in China and other urbanized areas of Asia, says Pike. But in other regions, government incentives and rising fuel costs will contribute to increased demand for electric motorcycles and scooters.