BMW shows SIMPLE leaning trike concept

BMW shows SIMPLE leaning trike concept

BMW Simple concept fq

BMW has been the subject of various rumours as of late including the “0 Series” range of cars (read news) and a revival of its Isetta microcar brand. However, BMW is staying especially tight-lipped on plans to diversify into the microcar market. Keeping rumour running rampant is BMW’s new Simple concept, a leaning trike that is geared toward the “professional commuter” – an urban dweller who travels alone.

From the start, the SIMPLE (which stands for: “Sustainable and Innovative Mobility Product for Low Energy consumption”) has been designed to minimise resources both in use and in production. The concept has the same height as a 5 Series, but is shorter than a Mini Cooper, and offers seating space similar to that of a 3 Series coupe.

The Simple weighs around 450 kilograms and has a a low co efficent drag figure of 0.18 so it only needs a small internal-combustion engine and an electric motor to power it. BMW says the Simple is capable of hitting 100 km/h in under ten seconds and it tops out at over 200 km/h , yet needs just 2 litres of gas over 100 km.

There are no plans for production of the SIMPLE yet but BMW’s expertise in motorcycles and its Efficient Dynamics initiative means a similar vehicle is likely sometime in the future.

BMW Simple concept fq

BMW has been the subject of various rumours as of late including the “0 Series” range of cars (read news) and a revival of its Isetta microcar brand. However, BMW is staying especially tight-lipped on plans to diversify into the microcar market. Keeping rumour running rampant is BMW’s new Simple concept, a leaning trike that is geared toward the “professional commuter” – an urban dweller who travels alone.

From the start, the SIMPLE (which stands for: “Sustainable and Innovative Mobility Product for Low Energy consumption”) has been designed to minimise resources both in use and in production. The concept has the same height as a 5 Series, but is shorter than a Mini Cooper, and offers seating space similar to that of a 3 Series coupe.

The Simple weighs around 450 kilograms and has a a low co efficent drag figure of 0.18 so it only needs a small internal-combustion engine and an electric motor to power it. BMW says the Simple is capable of hitting 100 km/h in under ten seconds and it tops out at over 200 km/h , yet needs just 2 litres of gas over 100 km.

There are no plans for production of the SIMPLE yet but BMW’s expertise in motorcycles and its Efficient Dynamics initiative means a similar vehicle is likely sometime in the future.

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