BMW Motorrad is pushing further into the EV sector with their latest concept bike, the scooter-like CE 02 concept.
Not quite your traditional EV scooter, the CE 02 has a few features that make it stand out from the ever-growing market of small electric mopeds other than its premium BMW badging.
“At first glance, there is little about the BMW Motorrad Concept CE 02 that is typically BMW Motorrad – it’s something completely new," explains Edgar Heinrich, Head of Design BMW Motorrad.
"We want to strive for something novel and be pioneers – which is what we’ve proven ourselves capable of with various projects in the past. The Concept CE 02 features new proportions and modern forms of single-track mobility in an urban environment. In addition, we wanted to achieve a level of design innovation that we have not had before at this level. Straightforward use was important, but above all the emotional component was crucial, as well as riding fun.”
It's certainly different with its overall monkey bike aesthetic but we do question the choice of using a built-in removable skateboard as the footpegs of the bike. Somehow we doubt that rather cringe-worthy addition will make it to the final stage of development...
The rest of the CE 02 concept is quite clever, however.
Weight is said to be around 120kg which combined with a low seat height of 720mm should make it unintimidating at its young target audience of learner riders and urban youth, while its battery range is about 90km.
The CE 02 concept isn't lacking in the power department either, considering it's a scooter/moped hybrid, with a top speed of 90kph from its 11kW electric motor.
It's an interesting concept for sure, and a welcome one considering the overall perception that youth bikes in the road world are often overlooked. Since this is its first showing, however, we expect that like the CE 04 which recently went into production BMW Motorrad will take a few more years to refine the concept into something production-ready.