BMW is latching like a lamprey onto the idea of urban mobility in a big way. In addition to debuting the Husqvarna Concept E-go, zie Germans also launched the BMW Concept e at the Frankfurt International Motor Show today. An electric variant of the BMW Concept C we brought you last year, BMW realizes that when it comes to urban people-movers, the electric power train becomes a ripe contender.

Announcing that it will debut two maxi-scooters by the end of 2011 that address the needs for transportation in urban environments, with the Concept e being the electric component to that two-pronged solution. Though we are certain that the BMW Concept e is an electric maxi-scooter, we should note that BMW’s press release makes conflicting statements about the eletric Concept e, which sees the media communication also state that BMW would debut two maxi-scooters that feature a twin-cylinder internal combustion motor.

With several pages of prose praising the BMW Concept e (we’ll let you form your own opinions on the concept’s aesthetics), the German company is quite reserved when it comes actually to quoting tangible production goals. We do know that BMW plans on a 100 km (61 mile) range with “everyday use” & regenerative braking, while the Concept e will charge to full in less than three hours from regular household sockets (presumably 240 volt plugs).

Other features include the Concept e’s complete lack of conventional rearview mirrors. Instead the BMW Concept e employs two video cameras integrated into the glass of the taillight assembly, which relays the rearview on two LCD monitors installed in the cockpit. Speed and other relevant data are also shown on a digital display in the otherwise spartan cockpit.

No word on a top speed, but BMW in a very German way ensures “safe overtaking on urban motorways when carrying a passenger.” We’re not sure what metric that translates into, but we expect more precise figures will come together when the maxi-scooter comes closer to production, and BMW figures out if it’s building an electric or hybrid maxi-scooter.

Source: BMW Group

  • Welcome to the party, BMW! Brilliant job with the e-scooter design. I love that it is unique enough to be identifiable as something special on the road. Also… killer color scheme!

  • Well, we know you’ve been to BMW headquarters, Brian, but the question is, has someone from BMW been watching the practices at Thunderhill or the TTXGP races? Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, I guess.

  • Looks awesome, but I’d prefer twin cylinder power over electrons at least for version 1.0

  • Dr. Gellar

    I’m really impressed by this electric BMW. I know it is very much only a concept bike, but it is quite a looker. Kinda gives you a glimpse of what may come once the big OEM’s get serious about producing electric vehicles. Now…if BMW would only consider building a TTXGP electric racer!! Maybe someday… :-)

  • Alexontwowheels

    So the electric motor turns the fan in the back with pushes you around like a backwards propeller? That’s brilliant :-P

  • digfoto

    Aesthetically sweet! I don’t think there’s a bad angle. Nice job BMW e-guys!

  • neil’o

    Lovely design execution; this is another example of a sensible evolution of moving the bike to another power plant with out the ‘shock of the new’ look employed by others.

    I could see one of these in my garage, it’s a sweet design solution. Congratulations design team.