BMW wants to 'redefine the scooter segment' with this futuristic electric concept - Business Insider

BMW wants to 'redefine the scooter segment' with this futuristic electric concept

11/27/2020 4:14:00 PM

BMW wants to 'redefine the scooter segment' with this futuristic electric concept

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BMW's Motorrad divisionunveileda concept called the Definition CE 04, which the company thinks will "redefine the scooter segment" and revolutionize urban transport. Although BMW said the Definition CE 04 is a near-production concept, it didn't reveal any specs, so details like the scooter's range and battery size remain a mystery. What the company did reveal, however, is a host of interesting features and a futuristic design that looks right out of a sci-fi movie.

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Here's what we know about the Definition CE 04 so far:With the Definition CE 04, BMW is looking to break the mold of traditional scooter design and bring it into the 21st century.BMW Motorrad Definition CE 04.BMWBMW designed it to be longer and lower than scooters currently on the market.

BMW Motorrad Definition CE 04.BMWAnd the sleek two-wheeler's diagonally slanted front end further sets it apart scooters available today.BMW Motorrad Definition CE 04.BMWA flat battery pack mounted in the bike's underbody makes room for an illuminated storage cubby under the seat, where riders can stow a helmet.

BMW Motorrad Definition CE 04.BMWBMW also says the low battery placement makes for a low center of gravity and a more fun ride.BMW Motorrad Definition CE 04.BMWDesigners purposefully made it so the side panels don't cover up all the bike's innards — BMW wanted the bike's technology to play a role in its look.

BMW Motorrad Definition CE 04.BMWA 10.25-inch display — which BMW claims is the biggest currently in the scooter segment — pairs to a rider's smartphone.BMW Motorrad Definition CE 04.BMWBMW also sought to connect riders to the vehicle through a collection of protective gear that integrates with the Definition CE 04.

BMW Motorrad Definition CE 04.BMWBMW developed black riding jeans, sneakers, and a helmet to launch alongside the concept, but the coolest piece of gear is undoubtedly an off-white parka.BMW Motorrad Definition CE 04.BMWIt has integrated lights that riders can switch on and off through controls in the sleeve. There's also a wireless phone charger built into the inner pocket.

BMW Motorrad Definition CE 04.BMWAll the sharp angles and clean lines make for a modern, minimalist design.BMW Motorrad Definition CE 04.BMWAnd while there's not much stopping BMW from actually selling a bike that looks a lot like this in the near future, it'll have to alter the design to account for requirements like mirrors and turn signals.

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BMW Motorrad Definition CE 04.BMWBMW said the concept "provides a concrete preview of what a contemporary production vehicle could look like."BMW Motorrad Definition CE 04.BMWBMW already sells a $14,000 electric scooter called the C Evolution, but it says the Definition CE 04 represents its next step in emission-free urban mobility.

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