BMW recently sold the brand Husqvarna in order to focus on his offer of urban two-wheelers. The first BMW scooters have been launched in 2012 and their electric variant is expected for 2014 (see Concept-e and C Evolution).
After the new brand BMW i launched two years ago and that will sell a specific range of green cars BMW i3 and BMW i8, separately from the rest of the range… The business’ restructuration continues!
It is now the motorcycle sector’s turn with Husqvarna just bought by Pierer Industrie AG (KTM, Husaberg ...).
A strategic choice to focus on urban mobility
BMW has denied that this choice is guided by financial interests but mentioned that they want to focus on its urban mobility activities. This decision follows the launch of the brand’s first two scooters (C600 and C650) last year. BMW also confirmed the launch of their first electric scooter, the C Evolution.
Looking like its combustion cousins, the C Evolution hides an electric motor developing 48hp in peak, more than a Yamaha T-Max (46 hp). Enough power for the highway, although its speed is limited to 120 kph for an improved range. The prototype’s range reaches 100km with a 8kWh lithium battery that recharges in 3 hours on a 16 amps plug.
In case you have not read between the lines, other concepts of electric two-wheelers are expected from BMW… Interesting isn’t it?!