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September 13, 2011
BMW concept e scooter

BMW Concept e electric scooter (BMW image)

The Frankfurt Motor Show’s media circus began today, and once again, BMW dangled a scooter concept sure to make everyone drool like Pavlov’s dog.

The Concept e has such gee-whiz features as rearview cameras instead of mirrors. Oh, and you can charge it completely in ONLY three hours! And that full charge will take you 60 miles!

Unlike other electric scooter concepts, this one looks like it could be easily fitted with a GY6 or Piaggio LEADER engine (and therefore be made useful). Mirrors could replace the cameras. The result could be a reasonable price, if it were to go on sale… BMW isn’t saying anything about that.

But I will say again, large numbers of electric vehicles will bring America’s Soviet-era electric grid to its knees. That’s been happening all summer in Texas due to record heat. Oh, in Texas they burn coal to generate electricity. Think of what it would be like if even 5 percent of Texas’ vehicles needed to plug in.

Even Germany, which has undertaken the world’s most aggressive program to implement solar power, is facing questions about being able to meet the demand for electricity without nuclear reactors, which the German government has decided to phase out in the wake of the Japan earthquake last March.

BMW is not the only one showing a green (or “green”, your choice) concept vehicle. Volkswagen displayed something it calls Nils, which is kinda like a scooter. Except it has four wheels. And doors. And a roof. And a trunk. And only holds a driver.

I guess the idea of a motor scooter powered by a small internal-combustion engine is just not complicated enough. Favicon

  1. Jack Riepe permalink
    September 13, 2011 2:44 pm

    Dear Orin:

    The electric scooter is an idea whose time has come. Of course, it may be a while before the production model’s time comes. I thought gas would have hit $5 a gallon by this time, (for the mid-grades), but it is nowhere near that. Until gas gets absolutely prohibitive, the scooter culture is going to find it slow going in the US.

    Fondest regards,
    Twisted Roads

  2. September 16, 2011 10:48 am

    I could seriously go for something like that for local riding. The style really does if for me. Must be ego. If I’m going to ride a scooter it has to look really cool!

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