Despite almost a decade of experience in electric two-wheelers, there’s never actually been a production electric motorcycle designed by BMW.
However, a recently filed patent reveals that things could be about to change very soon.
Of course, it makes sense to make use of existing parts, and with a solid base of a G310R chassis and the electric technology from its CE 04 scooter, BMW could be on to a winner.
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Okay, so while it’s slightly disappointing that the Bavarian firm doesn’t appear to have its sights set on the high-performance models from the likes of Zero, Energica and Harley-Davidson, it’s a positive step forward from one of the biggest names in the game.
It will be interesting to see how the battery pack and motor from the CE 04 fit into the G310R frame, particularly when you consider its more compact dimensions.
However, it looks as though BMW has made some clever tweaks to accommodate the components, with the motor being rotated 90º and the battery pack being placed vertically at an angle under the front section of the bike.
At this stage details are a bit hazy, so we’ll have to sit tight to get the full lowdown on the bike. Either way, it’s great to see BMW making a start.
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