BMW Dynamic Cargo eTrike & Clever Commute eScooter Concepts
The BMW has already presented a number of micromobility solutions to the public in the past, and have now added the electrified bicycle Concept Dynamic Cargo trike and the e-scooter Concept Clever Commute to that line-up.
Jochen Karg – BMW Group’s New Technologies and China division
“Our goal was to develop a concept that retains the agility and driving feel of a normal bicycle while adding innovative, safe transport options. The Concept Dynamic Cargo is the first dynamic ‘pick-up’ cargo bike that combines driving pleasure with flexible use and increased year-round suitability.”
BMW Concept Dynamic Cargo trike
A compact, three-wheeled cargo bike concept with flexible usage options and increased year-round suitability, the Dynamic Cargo runs a loading platform with attachments for transporting loads and/or children as well as for leisure activities.
The key component of the three-wheeled Concept Dynamic Cargo is the front main frame, which is connected to the rear section via a pivot axle and tilts in corners. The rear section remains stable through all corners without tilting towards the road. The non-pivoting design of the transport platform has the additional benefit that the rider is barely aware of any extra weight being carried, enabling safe, stable transportation of all loads while also ensuring a pleasurable riding experience.
This combines with the electrified powertrain – which is activated as soon as the rider starts to pedal and drives the two rear wheels – to make the cargo bike just as easy to ride as a standard bicycle.
This can be fitted with a selection of innovative modular attachments for carrying luggage and/or children. The modular design principle paves the way for many more use cases, too.
The concept is rounded off by a facility for adding a system of weather protection. The BMW Group will not manufacture the Concept Dynamic Cargo but is already in discussions with potential licensees.
BMW Concept Clever Commute
Ergonomic design meets riding stability and an extremely compact design that can be packed up, in the Clever Commute. This scooter is ideal for park and ride, with the minimal size when packed making it ideal for carrying in a car boot.
E-scooters have established themselves in the urban mobility mix, thanks to sharing schemes in particular. They offer flexible usability and the ability to get city dwellers to their destination extremely quickly over short “last-mile” urban journeys.
The uptake of e-scooters for private ownership in comparison has been relatively slow to date. Robust models that can be ridden safely are difficult to take onto public transport or carry by car due to their size, while small, more portable models suffer from poor riding stability.
As such BMW Group presents an e-scooter that folds easily for carrying on public transport and/or by car without compromising on riding stability in any way. In public transport mode, the footboard folds up at the sides and the rear wheel pivots into the aperture from below.
This mechanism shortens the wheelbase of the Clever Commute substantially so that it can even be carried on an escalator without difficulty. This is an important requirement if the journey includes underground transport routes.
It can also be rolled along on both wheels in this mode, rather like a trolley case. And the front wheel’s integral hub motor provides an electric impulse that makes it easier to push up ramps. The e-scooter’s compact dimensions when folded up means it should be possible to take it on all forms of public transport free of charge.
The Clever Commute can be folded up to a size that fits easily into small vehicle boots, with larger boots able to accommodate several for family outings.
Like the Concept Dynamic Cargo trike, BMW Group will not manufacture the Concept Clever Commute, it is already in discussions with potential licensees.
Both micromobility concepts have been designed in such a way that the electric range can be scaled with regard to the respective application. One final very important feature for city use is the battery pack, which can be removed and charged at home.
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