By Dennis Chung
BMW revealed a new electric scooter concept called the Definition CE 04. Debuting at #NEXTGen 2020, a BMW event showcasing the company’s ideas on the future of mobility, the Definition CE 04 offers a blend of electric drive and digital communication technologies. If any of this sounds familiar, it’s because BMW introduced a similar concept in 2017 called the Concept Link.
So, what’s the difference? The CE 04 is close to being ready for production. BMW says the Definition CE 04 is the “near-series” version of the Concept Link, and all indications suggest BMW is intent on eventually putting it into production.
The design of the Definition CE 04 stays fairly close to the original Concept Link, with a low and elongated body and layered body panels. The long, frame is to accommodate the flat shapes of the energy packs stored in the underfloor. The electric motor sits behind these batteries, further lengthening the wheelbase. This helps to keep the center of gravity low for better handling while also creating more space for underseat storage.
“We have managed to transfer many innovative elements and details of the concept into the series. The technical realities of electric drive – such as the flat energy packs in the underfloor and the compact drive train – allow us to create a highly distinctive design which defines a new, urban aesthetic and which differentiates itself clearly from conventional styling,” says Alexander Buckan, Head of Vehicle Design BMW Motorrad. A design that follows the basic needs for simple functionality, clear aesthetics and the digital reality today’s users live in. The new architecture has led to a visual revolution and has produced many new design themes. Maybe it will polarise, but it will definitely stand out.”
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