BMW trademarks electric two-wheeler names

BMW trademarks electric two-wheeler names

4th Sep 2020 8:00 am

BMW Motorrad has reserved as many as 11 names for its future electric two-wheelers, classified as DC for motorcycles and CE for electric scooters.

BMW Motorrad has filed trademark registrations in Germany for its upcoming line of electric motorcycles and scooters. The German manufacturer has reserved as many as 11 names for its future electric two-wheelers, classified as DC for motorcycles and CE for electric scooters. The trademark files state that these are intended for use on ‘motorcycles and parts and accessories for motorcycles’ and ‘vehicle models’. 

What do we know about the electric motorcycle range?

While there is no specific mention of  'electric motorcycles', the terms DC and CE have been used previously by BMW in the Vision DC Roadster electric motorcycle, concept and the C-Evolution concept electric scooter. This leads us to believe the new trademark name denotes the new line of electric two-wheelers from BMW Motorrad.

The names under the DC line range from DC 01 to DC 09. This could indicate different models based on the same platform, the kind we've seen in the case of BMW's petrol-powered motorcycles, like for instance, the new F900 range. 

The new electric motorcycles could be based on the Vision DC Roadster concept, that features a lightweight, aluminium tubular frame with a longitudinally oriented battery and side elements that resemble BMW's petrol-powered Boxer engines. While it is obvious that the production of electric motorcycles will look different, expect to see the Vision DC's inspiration in some areas. 

Late last year, BMW Motorrad showcased the first prototype to take inspiration from the Vision DC Roadster – the E-Power Roadster. The prototype looks little like the DC Roadster, but uses some of the engineering elements from the concept. 

What do we know about the electric scooter range?

BMW also registered the names CE 02 and CE 04, denoting the line of electric scooters. The C indicates BMW's C-series scooters and E stands for electric. While it is only an assumption, the CE electric maxi scooters are expected to be based on the Concept Link scooter, that showcased BMW's vision of future electric mobility.

Just like with all trademarks, these show no indication on when these models will see the light of day. All that can be said is that the BMW Motorrad line-up for  the future, definitely looks interesting.

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