Bavarian based automotive and motorcycle brand BMW is well-known for their claim Sheer Driving Pleasure. Within the last years the company invested much power and money into electric vehicles like the BMW i3 and the BMW i8. Beside that they want to stay at the forefront of progress they’re also into taking part in building the future.
Especially regarding to tomorrow’s city traffic I’m convinced that cars won’t be the answer. Two-wheelers like bicycles, scooters or motorcycles need less space, make less noise and additionally less pollution. Hereby I’m specially speaking about electric two-wheelers. After introducing the C evolution scooter last year BMW Motorrad recently presented a real eye-catcher, the eRR.
The experimental vehicle eRR leans on the S 1000 RR supersport motorcycle. Although the RR is really fast its acceleration on the first metres is slower than the C evolution’s. Without further ado BMW tried to combine the RR with an electric engine whereby due to that special engine the original frame and fairing had to be customized.
Stephan Schaller, Head of BMW Motorrad, hereby said that „Since their market launch, the RR is giving the creeps to motorsport athletes. If acceleration, handling or topspeed – the RR is setting standards. However, if acceleration on the first metres, up to 50, 60 kph, is the point, the RR’s 199 bhp have to admit defeat by another BMW product: the C evolution with its electric drive. We asked ourselves: What happens when combining a sport motorcycle and an electric drive? The experimental vehicle eRR brings the topic zero emission and electric drive on a new, more fascinating level.”1
In my opinion this concept isn’t only sexy it additionally clears the way for a totally new array of products. I’m hereby speaking of an electric GS, an electric R nineT and so on. With their Project LiveWire also the traditional motorcycle brand Harley-Davidson proved that electric motorcycles can be sexy and make fun. The eRR will be officially revealed next week at EICMA.
Image rights: BMW Motorrad – Konzept eRR