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...!


Sam said...

The Clever? Ever heard of the Carver One? The Clever doesn't sound so clever anymore, the concept and even the name is a copycat.

Anonymous said...

True, looks like the carver.
Mirrors/turns Ok, mirrors/headlight when can-shaped not Ok.
I think that the tilting susps are worth to be explored/developed, but honestly when I see these trikes with all that aerodynamic canopy/body..I have the feeling that the poor guy never passed the flight simulator at pilots academy.


darkeneddreams said...

Under their Project i, BMW are now working on new two- and three-wheelers..

I only see three-wheelers.........

Anonymous said...

Concept bike? More like a Copy bike! Have a look at the Carver. Shame on you BMW.

Anonymous said...

I've been following the Carver One/Pursue Hybrid/Venture One for a while now, and it's looking like they won't be able to get their vehicle off the ground. So if BMW launches the Clever and puts it into production, I say "to the victor goes the spoil." I'm buying which ever one comes out of the gate first.

Anonymous said...

I'm sick of nay sayers, there's a lot of people that would buy this, especially for travel to work and back, plus it looks like it would be fun to drive.

Anonymous said...

Carver? Decades earlier, GM (yes that GM) had a concept called the Lean Machine.

Maybe it's just that a good idea comes around a few times before the timing is 'right'. Either way I'd love to take it for a spin.


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