BMW Lifestyle To Kick-Start Electric Scooter Range

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BMW Lifestyle is expanding its urban scooter offering with an electric model, the imaginatively-named E-scooter.

E-scooters, or micro-scooters, are becoming increasingly popular, despite the fact that in the UK, they are classified as Personal Light Electric Vehicles and cannot be used on public roads or pavements – in fact the only place you can use them legally is on private land.

A review of the law seems possible considering that the tiny electric motors on these scooters are very eco-friendly – however, this means the scooters would probably have to be registered, taxed, and riders would have to wear helmets.

None of this is putting off BMW’s plans for the E-scooter, designed in co-operation with Micro mobility Systems, inventor of the Microlino electric car.

The new BMW E-Scooter has a range of twelve kilometres (7.5 miles) and a top speed of 20 km/h (12 mph). It has two separate braking systems and embedded front and rear lights, yet weighs only 9kg. Folded, the 150-watt motor and lithium-ion battery slip away almost out of sight into the footplate and rear wheel, making the E-Scooter easy to carry. Battery charging takes two hours.

The low footplate with integrated kickstand and the large wheels are designed to offer ride comfort.p90300266 highres bmw kids scooter 04 crop 659x387 BMW Lifestyle To Kick Start Electric Scooter Range

A non-electric model, the City Scooter, is also in the works, as is the Kids Scooter (pictured), intended for children aged three to 12, which has a seat which opens to reveal storage space. The seat can be taken off and the height of the handlebars adjusted as the rider gets taller.

Prices will be around £799 for the E-Scooter, £199 for the City Scooter and £99 for the Kids Scooter, when they go on sale in September.

Australian pricing and availability to be confirmed.

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