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BMW designs a "safe" two-wheeler


BMW Motorrad has developed the C1-E single track vehicle for "a higher level of safety" in city driving

 What does a safe, environment-friendly and highly practical single track vehicle for city traffic could look like in the future? This is BMW's idea... the C1-E.

The C1-E is part of a European safety project called eSUM and this snazzy vehicle is based on the concept of the BMW C1, which was released for a short time overseas in 2000.

The C1-E is driven by an electric motor and offers high levels of passenger safety through the roll-over bar, side bumpers, seat belt and energy-absorbing impact element on the nose. The windscreen provides protection against the elements and there is plenty of luggage space behind the rider.

The electric motor gets its power from a lithium-ion battery, but BMW says the C1-E could also be equipped with an efficient, low-emissions internal combustion engine.

Production of the C1-E is currently not planned, however BMW says findings from the project will find their way into other future developments.

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