BMW to ride in with 115-mile range e-scooter?
C1 revamped for electric era
Leccy Tech BMW has cracked the electric scooter nut and will start to sell what appears to be a genuinely usable electric bike in 2011.
That's assuming a report in overseas magazine Solo Scooter is correct, of course.
The putative BMW machine will apparently have a top speed of 120kph (75mph) and a range on a full charge of its lithium-ion battery pack of around 250km (155 miles).
BMW's C1: template for the new e-scooter?
This wouldn't be BMW's first flirtation with urban-specific two-wheel transport. Back in 2001, it launched its C1 scooter, a semi enclosed feet forward twist-and-go machine that sadly only found 13,000 buyers in its two years of production, leading to the premature cancellation of the entire project.
Though BMW designed the C1, it was built by Italian engineering and design concern Bertone. But with global car sales in the toilet at the moment, it's likely BMW has some excess production capacity it could put to use.
A new niche product like a leccy C1 could be just the ticket to help take up the production slack and give BMW engineers some more real world EV experience. ®
Next C1 bound to be a trike
When the Waterloo & City line was closed for a year, I got a BMW C1 to commute.. and it was fantastic, embarrassment was gone on my first trip in… when dry comfortable smugness spread from the other 20 C1’s going my way.
You do not get wet when driving in the rain.. as long as keep moving.. so you only need light waterproof trousers for the time you spend waiting at the front of traffic lights, and the windscreen wiper clears the rain from view. In a country with so much rain.. the roof & wiper should be a no-brainer.
The next C1 is bound address the faults:
• Helmets are a good idea.. good idea for open-top sports cars. The next C1 should not try to get round the law.. plus they can make the roof lighter making it more stable.
• They can make it a trike like the Piaggo MP3 making it more stable and obviating the need to lift all those batteries onto a stand.
BMW CLEVER Concept Vehicle
BMW was heavily involved along with Bath University in developing this rather cool three-wheel tilting vehicle:
It's pretty much identical to the Vandenbrink Carver One but it's greener and a lot cheaper... if they ever bring it to market which I very much hope they do...
Check out the video on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kfmg53kPJMg
The projects website doesn't seem to have been updated in ages so I'm not sure whether it's been mothballed: http://www.clever-project.net/
I would defo swap my motorcycle for one
The C1 was designed to be used WITHOUT a helmet. It's designed to fall on its side WITHOUT dropping the rider on the road. It is NOT designed to be fast nor beautiful, it was designed to COMMUTE and be safer and more practical than a 'bike. If you need a cock extension, a C1 s not your ideal transport.