BMW says this electrically powered scooter concept has been consistently developed and adapted to meet the everyday needs and requirements of the commuter rider.
“The BMW Definition CE 04 is the logical continuation of the electromobility strategy,” says Edgar Heinrich, BMW Motorrad’s design head. “It’s designed for urban use and provides a glimpse of what a contemporary production vehicle could look like, with the aim of taking two-wheel electric mobility in metropolitan areas to a new level, both technically and visually.”
BMW Definition: Innovative Design
In terms of design, the BMW Motorrad Definition CE 04 clearly breaks with the bulbous look of scooters as we know them. Instead, an elongated, low vehicle body and the diagonally rising front end create a silhouette that is as modern as it is clear. The generous, calm surface design with sharply defined edges blends perfectly into modern, urban surroundings.
The flat battery in the underbody provides new freedoms, such as the new storage solution. BMW chose to illuminate that area, and riders can fold it open from the side. It gives the rider easy access for storing a helmet and other equipment. In addition, the low position of the flat battery provides a favorable center of gravity, for enhanced handling and dynamic riding fun.
Clear lines, generous surfaces and distinctive design underline the modern proportions of the BMW Definition CE 04. BMW finished the primary surface in Mineral White Metallic. A matte black area forms the core of the vehicle, or the technical heart. The black area stretches from the front to the rear and, in addition to the tires and front lights. Finally, it integrates the drive unit and the suspension elements.
The BMW Motorrad Definition CE 04 stages the bike’s technology as part of the design. That is why the side panels don’t completely cover the vehicle’s side section at the rear. Instead they stretch across parts of the vehicle’s side. Little wings allow views of the drive unit, cooling ribs, single-sided swing arm, spring strut and tooth belt.
Innovative features such as the integrated light guides in the sleeves and hood ensure greater visibility in road traffic. Riders switch them on and change their colors via sensors in the sleeve. To ensure that the rider is always fully charged up, BMW fitted the inside pocket of the parka with an inductive smartphone charging field. The rider equipment is seamlessly integrated into the rider’s life.
The unobtrusive graphic design of the BMW Motorrad Definition CE 04 showcases 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 colours to emphasise this even further. We see the CE 04 Definition almost as a moving screen with which a customer can express his personality – from modern elegant to urban.”