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Brief Published: 5 Oct 2011

BMW Concept E-Scooter


German automobile manufacturer BMW is developing plans for an electronic scooter concept and two new eco-friendly cars.

The streamlined BMW Motorrad E-Scooter’s high volt technology (60+ V), battery capacity and regenerative braking system give it a range of approximately 60 miles. Unlike most electric vehicles currently on the market, this scooter can be charged from a standard wall outlet in just three hours. It also includes high-end extras, such as two LCD display screens.

Meanwhile, the i3 is an electronic four-seat vehicle with a 125 kW electric motor and a range of 90 miles on a full battery, slated for release in 2013. The i8 – also a four-seat vehicle – is a plug-in hybrid equipped with a three-cylinder petrol engine, slated for release in 2014. Both vehicles will be manufactured at a carbon-neutral facility in Germany. BMW is investing more than $560 million (£357 million) in the new plant, as well as hiring 800 new employees.