BMW visited the IAA Mobility show in Munich, Germany to unveil two new electric motorcycles with interesting specifications for their categories. Both have the same performance making it a high speed electric bike and a low speed electric motorcycle.
Both models were technically unveiled by different divisions of BMW.
BMW has unveiled the i Vision AMBY, a high-speed electric bicycle.
The company’s motorcycle division, BMW Motorrad, unveiled the Vision AMBY. This little “I” makes a big difference.
The i Vision AMBY can technically fall under the category of electric bikes, but it shares very little with its electric bike brethren. The frame uses suspension components similar to other high-end bikes and what appears to be a Gates carbon belt drive, but the electronics appear to be fully customized.
A more powerful motor and a gigantic 2000 Wh battery allow it to reach much higher speeds in its highest setting. This large battery also allows BMW to claim a range of up to 300 km (186 miles) in its lowest power mode.
Using a smartphone app, cyclists can choose between the European legal speed of 25 km / h (15.5 mph), a second e-bike mode that reaches 45 km / h (28 mph) and a new High-speed electric bike mode that increases the focus to 60 km / h (37 mph). BMW even pioneered the idea of making these speeds changeable in real time based on geolocation, which means you could be slowed down automatically when you reach downtown and then released at your top speed an after you’ve turned onto a wider road.
Don’t get too excited though – you’ll need to register the bike and get a special license plate to use it on public roads other than in the slowest mode.
It’s also not an electric motorcycle in disguise. These pedals are for more than a show; they are needed to power the motor. Without a hand throttle, cyclists will have to keep pedaling constantly to reach and maintain high bike speeds. The range rating also drops significantly to just 75 km (47 miles) when traveling at 60 km / h (37 mph).
However, the highest speed mode certainly does not correspond to any current legal designation for e-bikes.
BMW clarified further by saying:
“In the absence of any existing legal framework for a vehicle of this type with a modular speed concept, the ‘AMBY’ vision vehicles set out to spark the introduction of such legislation and, consequently, developments of this nature. “
The bike also features other interesting design elements, such as LED light bars integrated into the handlebars and seat post, as well as an angular frame with a much folded seating position.
On the other hand, the BMW Motorrad Vision AMBY electric motorcycle seems to be a much quieter ride.
Instead of a pair of pedals, the Vision AMBY replaces the more realistic motorcycle-style foot pegs.
Interestingly, the Vision AMBY electric motorcycle also achieves the same top speed of 60 km / h (37 mph), which is rather slow compared to other entries in the lightweight electric motorcycle category. Its lightweight design will make it more closely compete with small electric track bikes like an Sur Ron Light Bee, although BMW’s presumably street-legal design would offer a significant advantage over off-road alternatives.
BMW Motorrad has yet to share details of the motor or battery configuration in the motorcycle version of the AMBY concept line, but it will surely contain at least as much capacity as the 2,000 Wh configuration in the e-bike version. high speed.
Unlike the road-oriented BMW i Vision AMBY, the motorcycle variant appears to be primarily designed for off-road riding. Wider tires and a more robust suspension system seem trail-ready, although a license plate holder shows road riding is still in the stars.
BMW Motorrad Design Manager Edgar Heinrich discussed the lightweight electric motorcycle in more detail:
“The BMW Motorrad Vision AMBY takes us into new territory. For us, the focus is on user behavior – the question is: how will customers want to move in the future? What will they expect their vehicle to be capable of? This was precisely the starting point for our deliberations. Our aim was to develop an extremely emotional vehicle for intelligent mobility in and around the city offering maximum freedom. The BMW Motorrad Vision AMBY really allows our customers to experience city life in a whole new way, to travel distances more flexibly and to ‘break free’ from the city every now and then. At the same time, BMW Motorrad is steadfastly pursuing its electromobility strategy for urban agglomerations. It is a fascinating introduction to the world of BMW Motorrad which also promises maximum driving pleasure.
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