BMW has another totally awesome electric scooter concept
Before the IAA Mobility show in Munich, BMW Motorrad wanted to see what would happen if it mixed a Honda Grom with a skateboard and a bicycle. CE 02 is what the design team came up with. It’s really cool. Almost as cool as CE 04 launched last year, and equally worthy of achieving production. It’s not quite a motorcycle, and neither is it a traditional scooter. It splits the difference up a bit, giving city dwellers a futuristic design and a useful form factor. I dig it.
The CE 02 isn’t overkill, it’s not too fast, and it’s light enough to be nimble without being too light to feel unstable. This battery-powered bike weighs a little more than a Honda Grom, which is impressive for an all-electric. With just under 15 horsepower, it will also be a bit faster than a Grom. With a top speed of 56 mph and a range of around 56 miles, it won’t do much more than run errands and do the daily commutes, but it does seem like a good piece for those activities.
Considering the boring nature of a daily commute, a small electric runabout with quick acceleration and a light, fun driving character, this could be the perfect commuter. I already like it, but wish it had a right foot rear brake instead of the reverse bike handlebar brakes shown in the concept.
“At first glance, there isn’t much about the BMW Motorrad Concept CE 02 that is typical BMW Motorrad – it’s something completely new. We want to aim for something new and be pioneers – that’s what we’ve proven our ability with various projects in the past. Concept CE 02 presents new proportions and modern forms of single-track mobility in urban settings. Additionally, we wanted to achieve a level of design innovation that we did not previously have at this level. Ease of use was important, but above all the emotional component was crucial, as well as the pleasure of driving, ”explains Edgar Heinrich, Head of Design at BMW Motorrad.
Big boyish wheels and low saddle height mean this bike is about as intimidating as two-wheelers can get. He’s a happy future cycling robot who just wants you to have a good time. “The characteristic proportions not only allow for a very agile riding experience, but are also intended to encourage non-riders to perhaps hop on and try. Yes, I would like to get started.
There’s not much here that isn’t production ready, which tells me it’s likely to be heading in that direction sooner or later. Expect a slightly different wheel design, more seat padding, and room for two riders. The bike includes a cool feature where you can store your own skateboard under the footrests and use your board as a footrest. This feature certainly wouldn’t do production, but it’s neat.
This is clearly aimed at young Europeans, as it has the specifications to come under the EEC level A license. 16-year-olds could ride every day without a hitch, providing a level of freedom that many Americans can’t even achieve. I would have liked one when I was a teenager, and I would like one today in my thirties. If BMW can drop this thing in the market for about 4 or 5 big, it will be a success.