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BMW might just get in on the e-scooter game

Never one to miss a niche, BMW has dropped two new ‘urban mobility’ concepts

Published: 26 Jul 2021
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If you live in a city, there’s a fairly good chance you’ve tripped over a strewn e-scooter in the past few weeks/months. Literally everywhere, aren’t they?

Well, never one to miss a niche-filling opportunity, BMW has now decided it should have a crack at this ‘urban mobility’ lark. Check out the two concepts above that its Group Research department has just unveiled.

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The first is called the CLEVER COMMUTE (yep, all in caps) and essentially it’s a standard e-scooter with a range of over 12 miles and a removable battery that can be charged at home. However, BMW says it can fold small enough to fit into the boot of a Mini Hatch, and it has a ‘public transport mode’ that shortens its wheelbase so you can fit onto an escalator without incurring a raft of tuts from those behind. 

The second concept is the DYNAMIC CARGO (louder for those at the back please BMW). Again, it’s very similar to a standard electrically-assisted tricycle, although here the rear two wheels are connected to the front via a pivot axle that allows the rider to lean whilst that storage section stays flat. BMW reckons you can also put kids on the back, and there would be a ‘modular system of weather protection’ so you can use it all year round. 

BMW is apparently in discussions with potential licensees for both the CLEVER COMMUTE and the DYNAMIC CARGO, so these might actually be coming to a city near you soon. THOUGHTS, Internet?

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