BMW Motorrad presents its eRR electric-powered supersport motorcycle!

Article by Christian Andrei, on November 18, 2015

BMW Motorrad gives us a glimpse of the future with its latest experimental vehicle – the eRR -- made possible with the efforts of the Technical University of Munich. Some years back, BMW i first displayed the vision of the BMW Group when it comes to sustainable transportation.

Its two examples -- the BMW i3 and i8 – were presented to prove that it is possible to make environment friendly vehicles that exhibit the latest in design principles like having an aluminum chassis and a passenger cabin made entirely from carbon fiber.

Another example is the BMW Motorrad C. All of these showed that vehicles with zero emission were also practical and fun to ride in. Through the eRR, BMW Motorrad is showing the world that it has taken the needed step towards building a supersport motorcycle powered by an all-electric drive. The design and the technology used for the chassis of the eRR were based on the S 1000 RR supersport motorcycle, the difference being that it uses an all-electric drive.

According to Stephan Schaller, Head of BMW Motorrad, since the RR was released to the market, it had made motorsport athletes excited. The RR has managed to set new standards when it comes to a number of features like handling, top speed, and acceleration. While the acceleration of the RR is impressive especially when it reaches around 50 to 60 kph, its 199 bhp engine is no match to another product, the C evolution and its electric drive.

Schaller says that the company started to ask themselves what would happen if the electric drive is combined with a sport motorcycle. Thus while it is still experimental, the eRR manages to elevate the electric drive and zero emissions to new heights, adds Schaller. BMW Motorrad reveals that it will be announcing the different details of the eRR on a future date.

The BMW Group is the world leader when it comes to premium automobiles and motorcycles. The Group also offers services like providing financial and other mobility services. The Group has three main brands in the BMW, MINI and the Rolls-Royce. BMW Group has a worldwide sales network in 140 countries and 30 manufacturing and assembly facilities in 14 countries.

Back in 2014, BMW Group reported that it sold an estimated 2.118 million cars plus 123,000 motorcycles around the world. Revenues in 2014 were €80.40 billion with pre-tax profit of €8.71 billion. As of December 31, 2014, BMW Group’s workforce had 116,324 employees.

BMW Group continues to attribute its success on the fact that it had always prioritized thinking in the long-term partnered with responsible action. Thus it had managed to establish itself as having not only ecological but also social sustainability within the value chain. BMW Group also makes sure that it has complete product responsibility while also taking on an obligation to conserve resources.

Press Release

BMW Motorrad presents the experimental vehicle eRR. Supersport dynamism and zero emission thanks to electric power.

Munich. BMW Motorrad has a long tradition in pointing out new ways and thoughts for the topic „mobility on two wheels“. For that, again and again many studies were presented in the past giving views to the future. The experimental vehicle eRR, created as a project with the Technical University of Munich, embodies an idea of an electric powered supersport motorcycle made by BMW Motorrad.

Already a couple of years ago, BMW i showed the BMW Group’s visionary and sustainable approach with the vehicles BMW i3 and i8 and their revolutionary design principles (aluminum chassis and passenger cabin made from carbon fibre) and BMW Motorrad’s C evolution proved, that zero emission, riding fun and practicability do not exclude themselves.

With presenting the experimental vehicle eRR BMW Motorrad goes one step forward and shows the possibilities of an all-electric drive in a supersport motorcycle. Regarding design and chassis technology the eRR leans on the supersport motorcycle S 1000 RR, however using an all-electric drive.

Stephan Schaller, Head of BMW Motorrad, emphasizes: „Since their market launch, the RR is giving the creeps to motorsport athletes. If acceleration, handling or topspeed – the RR is setting standards. However, if acceleration on the first metres, up to 50, 60 kph, 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 zero emission and electric drive on a new, more fascinating level."
BMW Motorrad will announce technical details of the eRR at a later date.

Topics: bmw, technology

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