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BMW Motorrad reveals experimental eRR electric superbike

BMW Motorrad reveals experimen...
The experimental BMW eRR combines a sport motorcycle and an electric drive
The experimental BMW eRR combines a sport motorcycle and an electric drive
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The experimental BMW eRR combines a sport motorcycle and an electric drive
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The experimental BMW eRR combines a sport motorcycle and an electric drive
Modeled after the S 1000 RR superbike, the eRR reveals BMW's intent to enter the top class of electric motorcycles
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Modeled after the S 1000 RR superbike, the eRR reveals BMW's intent to enter the top class of electric motorcycles
The experimental BMW eRR is not equipped for the road, but appears ready to hit the racetrack
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The experimental BMW eRR is not equipped for the road, but appears ready to hit the racetrack
BMW says that the eRR's technical details will be revealed at a later date
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BMW says that the eRR's technical details will be revealed at a later date
Carbon S 1000 RR fairings hide the eRR's electric drivetrain
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Carbon S 1000 RR fairings hide the eRR's electric drivetrain
In the beginning there was the S 1000 RR, now we also have the eRR
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In the beginning there was the S 1000 RR, now we also have the eRR
The race-worthy carbon tail section of the BMW eRR
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The race-worthy carbon tail section of the BMW eRR
Green e-power and the unmistakable RR of the BMW eRR
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Green e-power and the unmistakable RR of the BMW eRR

BMW has flagged its ambition to move beyond the C Evolution scooter and enter the top class of electric motorcycles with a battery powered alternate to its S 1000 RR superbike – the experimental eRR.

BMW has never been one to shy away from technological evolution, and when it comes to electric mobility the company is making a strong foray on the car front with the i3 electric town car and the sporty i8.

In the motorcycle sector BMW Motorrad rolled out the C Evolution scooter in 2014, equipped with an all-electric drivetrain and modeled after the C 650 scooter family. In similar fashion to the way the i8 evolved in its automobile division, BMW has now revealed a high-end electric sport bike that is based on the looks and running gear of the S 1000 RR superbike.

While technical details won't be revealed until "a later date," BMW says the experimental vehicle is designed to investigate the possibilities of applying an electric power source to a sport bike. Whether this means there is a production version in the near future remains to be seen – perhaps as soon as next week at EICMA in Milan.

The experimental BMW eRR is not equipped for the road, but appears ready to hit the racetrack
The experimental BMW eRR is not equipped for the road, but appears ready to hit the racetrack

"Since its market launch, the RR is giving the creeps to motorsport athletes," says Stephan Schaller, Head of BMW Motorrad. "In acceleration, handling or top speed the RR is setting standards. However, if acceleration on the first meters up to 50-60 km/h, is the point, the RR's 199 bhp have to admit defeat by another BMW product: the C evolution with its electric drive. We asked ourselves: What happens when combining a sport motorcycle and an electric drive? The experimental vehicle eRR brings the topic of zero emissions and electric drive on a new, more fascinating level."

In USA there are several motorcycle manufacturers with electric sport bikes in production. The Lightning LS-218 blew us away when we rode it earlier this year and there's more than enough electric racers going around to fill the starting grid in the Isle of Man TT Zero, spearheaded by Victory Motorcycles' very competitive debut in 2015. Honda appears to be close to developing a strong package with its Mugen electric superbike that has dominated TT Zero the last two years, while European factories have yet to enter this field.

This is a solid chance for BMW to become an early adopter, the first among European mainstream manufacturers to mass produce an electric sport bike. We wouldn't bet against a German racing team at the TT Zero in the near future, either.

We'll be on the floor at EICMA next week to bring you further details of the eRR as they are revealed.

Source: BMW Motorrad

5 comments
IllyAndrius
Nice, I like the s 1000 rr,this should be cool as well
mhpr262
Great idea ... but are they seriously calling it the eRR??? Not the most fortunate of choices, lol.
gizmowiz
Lots of electric racing bikes. ZERO electric cruisers. Motorcycle manufacturers just don't get it.
Mel Tisdale
As electric cars become the norm, they will be speed limited to the maximum safe speed for wherever they are: such as a maximum of 10 kph in a carpark and 80 kph in built up areas. They will also not be allowed to cross a red light. It is difficult to imagine similar restrictions not being applied to motorcycles at the same time, so I guess a better bet would be to buy a three-wheel electric scooter with good weather protection rather than some sport machine and obligatory racing leathers. Indeed, if these machines are going to enjoy a long life, they had better be manufactured ready for such restrictions to be easily applied, one assumes by fitting a plug-in black box (that cannot be unplugged, sorry!
schmoe90
@gizmowiz, did you miss the Livewire? http://www.harley-davidson.com/content/h-d/en_US/home/motorcycles/project-livewire.html