With the BMW Motorrad Definition CE 04 scooter, the BMW Group presents the near-production version of the BMW Motorrad Concept Link at #NEXTGen 2020. As a link between the user’s analog and digital worlds, the BMW Motorrad Definition CE 04 is both a means of transport and a means of communication for the urban traveler. With its electric propulsion, pioneering design and innovative connectivity solutions, it sets out to redefine the scooter segment.
Electrically powered and connected to the life of the rider
The BMW Motorrad Concept Definition CE 04 electric propulsion has been constantly developed and adapted to meet the needs and daily customer requirements. True to the motto «Connected to life«Combines the customer’s analog world with the digital one. Together with the corresponding smart pilot equipment, it creates an experience of holistic mobility, highly emotional and newly conceived.
“The electric mobility is a central propulsion system for the BMW Group and we constantly rely on this technology in our strategy of sustainability. Electric powertrains are also a hot topic for BMW Motorrad, especially for the urban environment.
Since 2013, we have been pioneers in this area with the scooter BMW C evolution. The BMW Motorrad Definition CE 04 is the logical continuation of the strategy electromobility for urban demarcations and provides a concrete preview how could it be a contemporary production vehicle, With which we will take electric mobility in metropolitan areas on two wheels to a new level, both technically and visually“, Explain Edgar heinrich, Head of Design at BMW Motorrad.
Innovative architecture and pioneering design
The segment-defining design of the BMW Definition CE 04 represents a new urban aesthetic. While the BMW Motorrad Concept Link in 2017 It still seemed like a very distant vision of the future, the BMW Motorrad Definition CE 04 in 2020 transfers the radical design of the Concept Link to the preparation for production with a almost unchanged design.
«We have managed to transfer many innovative elements and details of the concept to the serial production. The technical realities of electric drive, such as flat battery packs on the floor of the vehicle and compact powertrain, they allow us to create a very distinctive design that defines a new urban aesthetic and clearly differs from the conventional style. A design that follows the basic needs for simple functionality, clear aesthetics and the digital reality in which today’s users live.
The new architecture has led to a visual revolution and has produced many new design themes. It may polarize, but it will definitely stand out“, keep going Alexander Buckan, Head of Vehicle Design at BMW Motorrad.
Visually, the BMW Motorrad Definition CE 04 clearly breaks with the look of scooters as we know them. Instead, a elongated and low body and the front that rises diagonally create a silhouette that is as modern as it is clear. The generous and calm surface design with well-defined edges blends seamlessly into a modern urban environment.
The flat battery in the underbody offers new freedoms, like the new storage solution, which is illuminated and can be folded from the side. Gives the rider a easy access for store a helmet and other equipment. In addition, the low position of the coin cell battery provides a favorable center of gravity, which guarantees a fun driving and one dynamic driving.
Clear shapes and modern technology interpreted in timeless style
The clear lines, the generous surfaces and the distinctive design underline the modern impression of the proportions. This is reinforced by the use of two colors: under the modern surface finish in Mineral White metallic, a matte black zone forms the core of the vehicle, the technical heart. It extends from front to back and, in addition to the tires and headlights, it also integrates the power unit and suspension elements.
The BMW Motorrad Definition CE 04 deliberately features motorcycle technology as part of the design. That is why Side panels do not completely cover the sides of the vehicle at the rear. Instead, they extend along parts of the side of the vehicle like little wings that allow view drive unit, the cooling fins, the single side swing arm, the spring-damper arrangement and the toothed belt.
The size of the lights is so reduced as modern. The two headlights of Led U-shaped are characterized by a minimalist design Clear and the slim contours accentuate the modern and pioneering visual appeal from the front section. The taillights have been integrated into the side panels in the form of two light elements in the form of C.
Practice-oriented design and ergonomics
“A scooter is not only a “Fun motorcycle” that can be taken for walks in the mountains in good weather, but which is a practical vehicle for every day and drive from home to office or meet friends at night; it is simply a vehicle for every day in the city, “he says. Alexander Buckan.
That is why we intensively deal with powertrain design Y Energy storage to meet the needs of the actual user: the urban target group mainly travel short distances of approximately 12 km per day. Therefore, long-distance comfort is less important than variable ergonomics and easy accessibility.
In this way we were able to create a “floating” bench seat, allowing you to comfortably slide on the vehicle even from behind. It also offers improved ergonomics for individual drivers, regardless of leg length and height. ”
Both when it comes to design and digital use, the BMW Motorrad Definition CE 04 always focuses on practical and easy to use solutions. BMW Motorrad sees great potential in the interaction between the vehicle and the driver’s equipment in terms of safety, comfort and emotional experience.
The driver is connected to his environment with his smartphone via BMW Motorrad Definition CE 04. Your 10.25 inch screen It is the largest in the scooter segment to date and acts as an interface between the digital and analog worlds of the rider.
Driver equipment as part of vehicle communication
The designers have also broken new ground in terms of driver equipment: «We deliberately wanted to create a modern look that was urban yet highly functional instead of classic motorcycle clothing. We want to develop products with which you can get out of the vehicle and move around in your daily work without complications.
At the same time, the driver’s equipment offers protection it is used to from BMW Motorrad and it even becomes part of the vehicle’s communication with the outside world, “he explains. Julia Lein, Head of Driver Equipment Design at BMW Motorrad.
In the heart of pilot equipment developed exclusively for the BMW Motorrad Definition CE 04 is a warm casual cut coat suitable for daily use. Black jeans to mount, elegant tennis shoes and a open white helmet complete the look. The off-white coat offers a high degree of comfort thanks to its wide cut and is distinguished by its urban style.
The long neck and the large hood provide a level of even greater freshness. Details such as the positioning of the zippers or the discreet print emphasize the urban look, that allows you to go from your scooter directly to the office… Y with style. The high-tech material of the coat is waterproof, robust and breathable. The flexible protectors incorporated into the coat provide the safety expected from BMW Motorrad.
Innovative features, such as light guides integrated into the sleeves and the Hood, guarantee a increased visibility in traffic and they can turn on and change color via sensors on the sleeve. To ensure the rider is always fully connected, the inside pocket the coat has a inductive charging field for phone smart. The Rider Kit fits seamlessly into the life of the rider.
Graphics as a unique style feature
The discreet graphic design The BMW Motorrad Definition CE 04 shows the new concept to optimum effect. However, completely different design versions are possible here. Gerald Höller, graphic designer at BMW Motorrad Design explains: “Thanks to the new architecture, we have created something completely new with this vehicle, and in the future we want to use graphics and colors to emphasize this even more. We see the BMW Motorrad Definition CE 04 almost like a moving screen with which a client can express his personality, from the modern to the urban ”.
Electric mobility from BMW Motorrad
Following the BMW Group’s sustainability strategy, BMW Motorrad also aspires to constantly pursue electric mobility. With the Concept e, BMW Motorrad already showed in 2011 how can electric mobility be in the urban environment. This was followed by the first prototype of the BMW C evolution in London, which was presented during the Summer Olympics 2012.
BMW Motorrad was the first manufacturer in the Premium segment to launch a series production vehicle for commuting on two wheels, with purely electric drive. The BMW C evolution saw the light in 2014, But that was only the start.
For the successor model, designers and developers had freedom with their hands. The result: a completely new architecture and a iconic design. With the BMW Motorrad Concept Link, the brand has already shown what the future of urban mobility on two wheels emission-free may seem.
The BMW Motorrad Definition CE 04 now continues electromobility strategy from BMW Motorrad for urban boundaries and thus provides a concrete preview of what a contemporary production vehicle.