The new electric motorcycle concept from BMW looks realistic with a clear and fresh vision. The concept is Motorrad Vision DC Roadster.
And as many who have seen the motorcycle, would consider it as the most coherent electric two-wheeler concept to come out of Munich.
The electrical awakening of the boxer engine –
BMW has spent the last few years steadily working toward an electric motorcycle; and this week, it showed off a revamped vision of what that bike might ultimately look like. As part of a suite of announcements tied to the company’s new push to accelerate its electrification plans; BMW revealed the “Motorrad Vision DC Roadster”; an electric motorcycle concept that looks as close to road-ready as almost anything the company has shown before.
The following was mentioned in the announcement made in the BMW blog post –
“The boxer engine is the heart of BMW Motorrad – an absolute stalwart of its character. But BMW Motorrad stands for visionary zero-emissions vehicle concepts, too. In view of this, one question that arises is: what would happen if we were to replace the boxer engine with an electric motor and the required battery? The Vision Bike shows how we’re able to retain the identity; and iconic appearance of BMW Motorrad in distinctive form while at the same time presenting an exciting new type of riding pleasure,” explains Edgar Heinrich, Head of Design BMW Motorrad.
“After all: anyone who’s ever tried it out in practice knows very well that riding on two wheels is just as exciting when its electrically powered! The high level of torque right at set-off makes for breath taking acceleration. This almost brutal power delivery creates a whole new experience of dynamic performance. And the BMW Motorrad Vision DC Roadster puts a face to this experience.”
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The BMW Motorrad Vision DC Roadster –
In true concept form, the company hasn’t released any specs; and it hasn’t said if or when it will turn into a real motorcycle that people can buy. But it’s one of the most grounded takes on an electric motorcycle from BMW yet.
In a motorcycle, the motor is the centerpiece – it is the fundamental element, providing the basis for the entire architecture. But electrical drive components have completely different requirements in terms of installation space. While in a conventional motorbike the size of the engine is mainly determined by its capacity; it is the battery that takes up most space in the case of an electrically powered vehicle. The electric motor itself is relatively compact. Starting from this new basis, the BMW Motorrad Vision DC Roadster is able to make this transfer; retaining the iconic appearance of a boxer while filling it with a new function. This is why the Vision Bike is instantly recognizable as a BMW motorcycle, revealing its electric nature on closer inspection.
Replacing what would previously have been the engine, there is now a vertically fitted, longitudinally oriented battery. For cooling purposes, two side elements protrude with cooling ribs and integrated ventilators. As in the boxer engine of the BMW R 32; the development of which was masterminded by Max Friz in 1923; the cooling elements are placed in the air stream. The cylinder-shaped electric motor is positioned underneath the battery and is directly connected to the universal shaft. The BMW Motorrad Vision DC Roadster thus demonstrates a clever drive architecture that visually echoes the history of BMW Motorrad; while at the same time taking it a step further.