BMW unveils innovative tilting electric cargo trike, then immediately says it won’t produce it
By Micah Toll
July 26, 2021
The BMW scooter not to be?
BMW is taking another stab at the world of personal electric mobility, this time showing off a new design for an interesting electric cargo trike, as well as a similarly-styled standing electric scooter. The electric cargo trike is known as the Dynamic Cargo.
While most delta trikes with two rear wheels suffer from instability in turns, BMW designed the Dynamic Cargo to lean into turns. The frame pivots just forward of the rear wheels and cargo section, meaning the rider and front wheel can lean into turns like a conventional bicycle.
The only problem is that along with the new debut, BMW has simultaneously stated that it will not be producing the Dynamic Cargo electric trike. Instead, it is hoping to find another manufacturer that wants to license the design for third-party production. So we likely won’t see a BMW Dynamic Cargo, but the design isn’t necessarily dead on arrival either.
Another design that BMW unveiled but won’t be producing is a companion electric scooter known as the Clever Commuter. It looks similarly styled to the Dynamic Cargo but offers a more traditional standing scooter design. “Traditional” might not be the best word here, though, as the appearance is certainly novel.
The electric scooter design features an innovative folding mechanism that shortens the scooter’s wheelbase by also folding back the rear wheel, which BMW showed off by illustrating how it can be carried sideways onto an escalator.
A front hub motor provides power to the scooter, and both the Clever Commuter scooter and Dynamic Cargo trike use removable batteries rated for 20 km (12 mi) of range.