The BMW C1

Case Study: BMW C1 (CityOne) New concept for a city car

Keywords: urban travel, BMW, C1, scooter, concept car, prototypes, microcar, city car

Download the study on the BMW C1, click here.


Cities currently gather the bulk of human activity, it is this concentration of activities and therefore employment that explains the constant rural exodus of 200 last years.

The countryside is empty by giving birth to cities more and more immense. Many geo-politic institutes announce, with reason, the development of huge megalopolises for the next century, each grouping more than 20 million inhabitants. This trend is more characteristic of the industrialized countries, but the developing countries have been experiencing the same phenomenon for several decades.
The rural deserts contrast the overflowing activity of the urban poles. The aging rural population reinforces this desertification of rural activity. It is necessary to reverse this trend so as not to see thousands of abandoned villages on all sides. Could the rise of the Internet (teleworking) bring these deserted regions back to life (do we still need reliable and inexpensive connections)? Concentrations of urban populations pose a great deal of
problems, we will limit ourselves to that of transport.

Urban activities require large means of transport of populations, the centers of the cities are saturated as well by the transport as by the population. Houses in the city center are expensive and there is not enough space to live close to the place of work. The populations migrate on the outskirts of the center to create suburbs, then crowns several tens of km from the center. In addition, there is rarely a job near the home and it is often necessary to cross a good part of the city to get to work. The construction of huge centers of dense housing near the activities would limit this need for travel but I doubt that in France dormitory cities based on the Asian model are born (and that's good).

The urban population must therefore move regularly and systematically to a greater or lesser extent. The problems caused by these displacements are numerous but can be summed up in the word saturation: saturation of the voices of circulation and the air.

Let's see how the politicians and manufacturers are trying to reduce this saturation and we will focus more particularly on the design study of the new scooter 100% urban BMW C1 (CityOne).

Download the study on the BMW C1, click here.

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2 comments on “The BMW C1”

  1. Have you heard that in Germany, which is not the furthest behind in terms of ecology, motorcycles are not affected by traffic restrictions in protected areas, and have been since 2007…?
    here is the text translated by me (I am bi-national) which looks like the French text to be mistaken: exemption for vehicles for the disabled, construction machinery, police, army, ... collection vehicles ( thank you Mr Dassaut and his fiat 500), but the 2 wheels are not there!…

    uniform federal regulations:
    Extract from the thirty-fifth ordinance implementing the Federal Law on Pollution (Regulation on the identification of motor vehicles with low pollutant emission - 35. BImSchV)

    (. Federal Law Gazette I, No. 46, p 2218e) From October 10, 2006, amended by Article 1 of Regulation 5 December 2007 (BGBl. I, no. 61, p. 2793), entered into force on 8 December 2007 Annex 3 (§ 2 para. 3) 

    Derogations from the obligations of the environmental identification sticker.

    in accordance with § 2 par. 1 

    The following vehicles are also exempt from the traffic prohibition § 40 para. 1 federal law that the "Pollution Control Act"

    has also excluded even if they are not marked with an identification sticker in accordance with § 2, paragraph 1: machinery, 

    2.working machines 

    3.agricultural and forestry tractors, 

    4.two and three wheels, 

    5. ambulances, medical cars with the appropriate identification "medical emergency" (in accordance with § 52 para.6 Regulations on the issuance of road traffic permits). 

    6. Motor vehicles, which push, train people, vehicles for the disabled, or severely handicapped, blind
    in accordance with § 3 par. 1 no. 1 to 3 of the rules "aG", "H" or "demonstrate BI" 

    7. vehicles for special rights under § 35 of the Traffic Regulations may be taken in the same context.
    8. Vehicles of non-German troops from states not part of the North Atlantic Treaty, residing in military cooperation in Germany, provided that they are used for trips for urgent military reasons, 

    9. civilian vehicles which are used on behalf of the armed forces, insofar as there is emergency travel to fulfill legal obligations of the Bundeswehr, 

    10. Oldtimer (according to § 2 no. 22 of the vehicle registration regulations), an indicator according to § 9 par. 1 or § 17 directing the registration regulations of vehicles, as well as vehicles in another member state of the European Union, another party to the Agreement on the European Economic Area or Turkey are permitted, provided that 'they comply with equivalent requirements. 

    Each municipality or city can authorize exceptions to a ban without an environmental sticker. Special type vehicles such as quads and trikes are not covered by the law on polluting emissions in general. This is essential here because this vehicle is registered. This has been done here especially so that it is considered a motorcycle and therefore not as a vehicle which could be required to bear the identification sticker. Quads and trikes have a car registration, but do not fall under the sticker regulations. 

    Rule of thumb: 2- and 3-wheel vehicles do not receive the sticker and can still enter German environmental zones. 

    Quads are part of the L assigned vehicle category and therefore do not require any environmental badges.

    A. Maier Translation
    antoineottomaier @ free.

    original text;

    authorized and even recommended dissemination
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  2. Even the BMW c1 produced between 2000 and 2002 will be in the next exterminator cart ...
    Yet ecologically so virtuous (see it also risks being banned because it was born too early and too evolved for the “bourins” of the time who still govern today, see for yourself:
    3 liters per 100km of unleaded 95, 3-way catalysis, injection regulated by lambda probe and I am not even talking about the life insurance supplied with it!…

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