The new BMW Motorrad X2City kick-scooter with electric auxiliary drive is light and compact, and has a top speed of 25km/h and an electric range of 25 to 35 kilometres.
This personal mobility device (PMD) is ideally suited to all situations where individual mobility by car or public transport reaches its limits. It can be used as a stand-alone one-person transporter over short distances, or as a supplement to private transport or to public transport – any combination is possible.
Thanks to its low weight of 20 kilograms and the foldable steering unit, the X2City can be stored easily in the luggage compartment of a small car. It is ready to use after a few easy steps and can take its rider from parking space or city limits to the final destination inside the congested urban centre. The compact dimensions of the X2City also make it easy to transport in the bus or on a train.
This PMD is even smaller than a foldable bicycle, and thanks to its electric auxiliary drive in the rear wheel, it’s more comfortable and more fun to ride.
The brushless hub motor provides effective support for the rider and accelerates the X2City to a top speed of 25km/h (which is the e-scooter speed limit by law in Singapore). The operating unit on the handlebars offers five speeds (8, 12, 16, 20 and 25km/h). For safety reasons, the supporting power of the electric motor is only activated once a speed of 6km/h has been reached. The electric drive can be turned off at any time using a switch in the brake lever, thereby interrupting any electric support.
A 408Wh lithium-ion battery supplies the electric motor with power. It is contained in a rain- and splash-proof housing underneath the running board and is integrated into the frame, from where it can also be removed easily. A battery management system with integrated power electronics ensures a range of 25 to 35km in everyday use.
A specific charging unit with magnetic connector makes for easy charging using the exterior charging socket on the scooter or directly at the battery itself. The battery is charged using a conventional household socket and it takes approximate 2.5 hours to charge an empty battery.
The big and wide wheels are equipped with robust pneumatic tyres, so as to provide excellent grip and ensure safe and comfortable riding even off the beaten track, which is especially useful when crossing uneven road surfaces or travelling on footpaths. Generous trim and wheel guards at the front and rear keep away the dirt and splash-water. The rigid frame also helps to provide agile and easy handling.
An integrated micro-USB socket in the display/operating unit charges your smartphone from the lithium-ion battery while you’re riding.
For safe stopping and slowing-down, the front and rear wheels are equipped with powerful and very responsive disc brakes. Both front and rear brake levers can be adjusted individually. The rider can also increase the dynamics and intensity of the brake response by shifting his centre of gravity. A brake light, which is integrated into the rear light, lets following traffic and pedestrians know when you are braking.
High-grade components have been used in accordance with the BMW Motored claim to premium quality. The drive system, including the lithium-ion battery, has a 48-month warranty.
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