Park you motorcycle on the charging pad and the side stand conducts electricity directly into the battery. No need for you to faff about plugging in some heavy cable. Nice.
Park you motorcycle on the charging pad and the side stand conducts electricity directly into the battery. No need for you to faff about plugging in some heavy cable. Nice.

Now this, we like. It may only be a patent at this stage, but BMW looks like it might have just cracked the rather cumbersome idea of having to physically plug-in your future electric motorcycle to an old-style cable sprouting from a nearby electrical socket.

How it does this is by direct transfer of the electric charge through a motorcycle’s sidestand up into the bike’s battery store. The current is delivered from a charging ‘plate’ which will remain plugged into the mains.

It’s like a mobile phone wireless charger for you motorbike. Rock on with this idea, BMW – it looks spot on. No details of charge rate or capacity (in fact, not much info about much at all) is on the patent, so for now this is pretty much a what-you-see kind of deal.

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And that usually means that we’ll have to wait quite a while to see anything like this in the real world. Still, quite a cool idea isn’t it? Especially for the M1300GS model which BMW has trademarked the name of. – that’s very likely to be a hybrid electric/petrol powered big Adventure of the future (we think).

Tony Carter

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