Friday, May 08, 2009

BMW Project i: The Clever concept


Under their Project i, BMW are now working on new two- and three-wheelers...
Pics: iMotor, via AutoblogGreen

According to a report on iMotor, BMW are developing new battery-powered two- and three-wheelers that will be eco-friendly and fun to ride. These vehicles are being developed under BMW’s Project i, which is aimed at sustainable mobility in the (near?) future.

One of the proposals being considered by BMW is the three-wheeled ‘Clever’ concept, which the German company has co-developed with the Bath University. According to BMW, this tilting trike will deliver the thrills of a motorcycle but would not require the rider to wear a helmet. Top speed for this two-seater trike would be around 100km/h and it would be easy to ride and park.

For the Clever concept, BMW is experimenting with compressed natural gas (CNG) and lithium-ion batteries. The idea is to find the right balance between range, performance, longevity and environment-friendliness. According to a BMW spokesperson, the company will have a production-ready version of the Clever concept within the next five years.


Apart from the 'Clever' concept (below), BMW was also working on the 'Simple' leaning trike concept (above). Both look interesting, neither is very likely to make it to production...!
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