Frankfurt Motor Show 2011: BMW E-Scooter Concept

Automaker BMW announced a new concept at the Frankfurt Motor Show 2011, but instead of a car, the company is releasing details of its new electric scooter design that it hopes to someday turn into a production vehicle.

Earlier this year, we covered news that the company was developing an all-electric scooter, and now BMW is proving more specifics on a model called the Motorrad Concept e. From the photos released, the Motorrad scooter looks much more stream-lined than the electric scooter announced this summer.

BMW Motorrad Concept e, BMW, Electric Vehicles, Electric Scooters, Frankfurt Motor Show 2011

image via BMW

The green side panels covering the battery and drive unit, seen above, are made of acrylic glass with a rear-set metal grid. So far, few powertrain details about the electric vehicle have been unveiled, but BMW says the high volt technology (60+V), battery capacity, and regenerative braking system will give the scooter a range of approximately 60 miles, and that the scooter can be charged from a standard wall outlet in just three hours.

The concept scooter features some high-end extras, like two LCD display screens, seen in the image below, on either side of the digital dash that show the road behind the rider.

BMW Motorrad Concept e, BMW, Electric Vehicles, Electric Scooters, Frankfurt Motor Show 2011

image via BMW

If you’re still disappointed BMW didn’t release a full-size car at the international auto show in Germany, fear not as the manufacturer announced news of two green concepts less than a month ago. These were also showcased at the Frankfurt Motor Show.

Aaron Colter is a freelance writer and marketing consultant in Portland, Oregon. A graduate of Purdue University, he has worked for the NCAA, Dark Horse Comics, Willamette Week, AOL, The Huffington Post, Top Shelf Productions, DigitalTrends, theMIX agency, SuicideGirls, EarthTechling, d'Errico Studios and others. He is also the co-founder of BananaStandMedia.com, a free record label, recording studio, and distribution service for independent musicians.

  • http://twitter.com/JijiNakaba Jiji Nakabayashi

    I want!!

  • MovenQi

    Bring it on, and in the US!

  • Ormond Otvos

    The rear fender is too short. It will throw mud on your back.nThere are about fifty Chinese electric scooters with similar looks and rangenalready on the market.