E-wheels spark interest
ELECTRIC bikes and scooters are moving from novelty items to real transport alternatives with heavyweight motorcycle manufacturers BMW and Husqvarna producing concept models.
With BMW buying the Swedish motorcycle manufacturer in the past year, the technologies are likely to be shared, but their vision of future electric two-wheeled transport is different.
BMW Motorrad’s Concept e scooter has a traditional maxi-scooter look with a robust and substantial body.
However, Husqvarna, which is known for its offroad machines, has gone for a more nimble bike with offroad capability in its Concept E-go.
BMW claims their scooter will be a ‘‘future serial production vehicle’’, but neither company is giving a timeframe for production.
The Husky Concept E-go weighs only 80kg and has interesting innovations such as a ‘‘single-sided double-leg fork’’ with 35mm of inner tube and an aluminium single-side swing arm.
The battery support is also constructed from aluminium, the frame and oval piping is made from steel, while the single seat is self-supporting.
The BMW Concept e electro-scooter has the company’s ‘‘split face’’ from the upper trim section to above the front wheel cover.
It also has a twin-tipped spoiler in the floating panel of the front trim, a boomerang-shaped acrylic glass side panel and low-cut windshield. The design of the light alloy wheels is derived from the styling of BMW’s electric ‘‘i’’ cars.
It is powered by a 60-voltplus motor with acceleration promised to match a com- bustion engine maxi scooter for ‘‘safe overtaking on urban motorways when carrying a passenger’’.
Range will be about 100km and charging from flat will take less than three hours.
The charging socket is in the front section of the central tunnel and features a transparent plastic cover.
Before the end of this year, BMW Motorrad will also return to conventional scooter production with two maxi scooters powered by twocylinder combustion engines. BMW Group Australia spokesman Miles Davis says the arrival date of the maxis is not yet confirmed.
‘‘There should be some sort of release before the end of the year at one of the major European shows,’’ he says.
Meanwhile, Domino’s Pizza is going electric with a fleet of electric delivery scooters across Australia.
Domino’s Andrew Rennie says the move to replace its current petrol-powered fleet with electric scooters over the next three years is part of a commitment to reducing its impact on the environment. It will give Domino’s the largest electric scooter fleet in Australia, he says.
‘‘We have done extensive research and testing to ensure electric scooters can deliver long term benefits to our business and our environmental impact,’’ he says.
Domino’s New Farm store in Brisbane was one of the first stores to use electric scooters as part of a trial.
Domino’s Pizza will use a fleet of electric delivery scooters
BMW Motorrad is returning to conventional scooter production by the end of the year