BMW Motorrad shows off its first electric motorbike

Vision DC Roadster concept offers a glimpse into a battery-powered future

25 June 2019 - 18:47 By AFP Relaxnews
BMW Motorrad recently unveiled its new electric Vision DC Roadster.
BMW Motorrad recently unveiled its new electric Vision DC Roadster.
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On Tuesday at BMW's NextGen event in Munich, Germany, the motorcycle division of the company unveiled its first electric motorbike: the Vision DC Roadster concept.

This was a step BMW was destined to take, considering its recent expansion of emissions-free cars and SUVs.

As expected, the iconic boxer engine that has become representative of the Motorrad brand has been replaced with an electric motor and battery – but not without retaining some characteristic design cues.

According to BMW, the company "retain[ed] the iconic appearance of a boxer while filling it with a new function".

Only when looking closely can one tell that the bike is powered by a battery instead of a petrol engine.

The low front and high rear give the concept a sporty yet light disposition. Exposed mechanical components are reminiscent of classic Motorrad design, though they have been reinterpreted for a more emissions-conscious world.

The concept was unveiled with complementary protective gear, which at first glance "stands as a modern, emotional fashion statement". The sewn-in protectors are nearly invisible, thanks to the large graphics and iridescent finish.

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The Vision DC Roadster represents the future of BMW Motorrad: an attempt to translate the company's identity - which has been built on petrol-powered models - into a bike with an entirely new powertrain.