BMW CE 04 E-Scooter

BMW’s next electric model, the CE 04 scooter that’s due to be launched in the next couple of months, follows exactly that template, as do Zero’s bikes and the Harley LiveWire, as well as dozens of other machines. But when it comes to the new generation of large electric motorcycles that are planned for BMW’s lineup, the firm is taking a different route.

We know BMW is taking a two-pronged approach to electrics, and for its bigger electric bike models, BMW has secured a range of trademarks using the “DC” name, followed by numbers from 01 to 09. The firm has previewed some of the ideas for that range with its Vision DC concept and the E-Power Roadster prototype. Both those machines share one key difference to the electric bike norm, and it’s explained clearly in a new patent filing.