In 2025, BMW Motorrad wants to electrify the first series. As early as 2023, the 15 hp fun bike CE 02 should complement the “Urban Mobility” range. “Every 18 to 24 months we will launch a new model with an electric drive,” promised Markus Schramm, Head of BMW Motorrad, at the start of series production of the CE 04 in November 2021.
No electric travel enduros
The roadsters will make the e-start in the motorcycle segment. BMW’s top seller, the GS series, will only follow in the next step or the one after that. For the foreseeable future, it makes no sense to convert large travel enduro bikes to electricity. No interest from the clientele – there are no charging stations in the desert and in no man’s land – and therefore also not from the manufacturers.
Triumph TE-1 with 180 hp
Triumph, for example, will complete the live test phase of its TE-1 electric prototype in late summer 2022. The demo bike then receives its final bodywork and paint finish in preparation for closed track riding and initial press testing.
Development partners are specialists such as Williams Advanced Engineering (including battery pack, vehicle control unit) and the University of Warwick (final test simulation). “It has been really exciting to see the progress of the project. I am delighted with the results we have already achieved and the exciting preview of the potential electric future that lies ahead,” says Nick Bloor, CEO of Triumph.
Audi subsidiary Ducati is also powered. The Italians will provide the fleet for the MotoE racing series from 2023. As with MotoGP, motorsport experience should flow directly into the further development and, in this case, electrification of the Panigale and Monster series. In 2025, the first E-Ducati designed around a new electric drive could be on the road.
Outside of Europe, the Americans are particularly active when it comes to new motorcycle designs. Tarform from Brooklyn, New York, e.g. B. recently opened the online order books for the avant-garde e-racer Luna. The down payment of the equivalent of 460 euros (total: from 22,700 euros) can be made using ApplePay. New motorcycles, new ways. You can rely on that too.