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Will BMW’s C1 Scooter Make Comeback as e-Version?

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Will BMW’s legendary C1 scooter celebrate a comeback as an electric version? According to the latest info out of the company headquarters in Munich the now presented C1-E model is a unique copy. BMW Motorrad developed the C1-E study as a contribution to

Will BMW’s C1 Scooter Make Comeback as e-Version?

MUNICH, Germany – Will BMW’s legendary C1 scooter celebrate a comeback as an electric version? According to the latest info out of the company headquarters in Munich the now presented C1-E model is a unique copy.

BMW Motorrad developed the C1-E study as a contribution to the European safety project European Safer Urban Motorcycling (eSUM in short, see www.esum.eu). This study is based on the concept of the legendary Italian-made BMW C1 that was once brought to bed, probably due to its high sales price. C1-E is characterized by “a very high level of active and passive safety and is driven by an electric motor”.

The electric motor employed in the study has been designed for city use and is based on components by the company Vectrix Electrics (see www.vectrix.de). The motor obtains its power from a lithium-ion battery and thus possesses sufficient power for mastering most inner-city traffic riding with ease. Alternatively the vehicle could also be equipped with an efficient, low-emissions internal combustion engine.

The safety features of the C1-E have been taken from the former BMW C1 and further enhanced. BMW’s avant-garde two-wheeler is regarded as a milestone in safety on two wheels. It is the only motorized single-track vehicle to be exempt from mandatory helmet wearing in almost all European countries.

 

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