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BMW unveils new electric scooter concept with next-gen ‘E-Drive’

BMW has unveiled yet another electric vehicle concept as part of its Vision Next 100 series, but this time for BMW Motorrad.

The scooter-like concept is called ‘The BMW Motorrad Concept Link’ and it is supposed to represent BMW’s vision for the future of electric transport on two wheels.

Alexander Buckan, Head of Vehicle Design at BMW Motorrad, explained:

“The BMW Motorrad Concept Link is not based on today’s concepts, but rather meets the basic functionality needs, the technical architecture and the digital reality of today’s users. The technical realities of electric drive – such as the flat energy packs in the underfloor and the compact drive on the rear wheel – allowed us to create a highly distinctive design which shapes a new segment. The resulting expressive power of the vehicle is absolutely new for BMW Motorrad and breaks with all conventional viewing patterns.”

They built the concept around the battery pack and even exposed the pack’s electric cables as part of the design. Here are a few pictures that BMW released:

BMW describes the vehicle as being aimed at “modern urban mobility”:

“The new and emphatically function-driven architecture provides a high level of riding pleasure due to the E-drive. The BMW Motorrad Concept Link is ideally suited to meet the requirements of modern urban mobility with fast acceleration and easy handling. Due to its low overall height, getting on is easy from the side or even from the back. A reverse gear ensures that it is easy to manoeuvre, making it ideal to park in tight city spaces.”

The German automaker already sells an electric scooter, the C Evolution, and it sounds like this new concept could give us an idea of the look of the next generation.

They didn’t announce any spec for the concept, but they hinted that it could be quite powerful:

“Contrasts are deliberately played on in conjunction with the clear shapes of the BMW Concept Link to give it a powerful and impressive appearance. The orange-coloured cables connecting battery pack and drive on the right side are highly contrasting in appearance and make a clear and self-assured statement. Their diameter already hints at the power in the drive unit.”

The new Vision Next 100 concept follows the self-balancing electric motorcycle concept that BMW Motorrad unveiled in the same series last year.

Here are a few more pictures of the new BMW Motorrad Concept Link:

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