BMW's C1-based Electric Proto in 2009

This is the prototype electric scooter that BMW built back in 2009. It was a cross between their own C1 'safer scooter' and the existing Vectrix electric maxiscooter, with rear hub motor.
It was clearly much slimmer and lighter than the petrol-powered C1s of 2000-2003 while keeping their crash protection, seat belts and lack of need for a crash helmet.
The company actually built two of these fully-operational prototypes and you can see one being ridden in a 4 minute video here:
http://www.ovguide.com/video/bmw-c1e-develops-a-higher-level-of-safety-71d290cc3ff411e2b71912313d237e48
It seems a great shame that BMW chose to start again from the ground up with the C evolution electric scooter, first seen at the London Olympics in 2012 in prototype form and on sale by the summer of 2014. (And then, in 2017, improved as the C evolution Plus with much-improved range and the option of an extra cable to plug into a car chargepoint, which it should have had in the first place!)
While the C-evo's frame-mounted motor is better placed from a handling point of view, there's a lot of higher battery weight, and the rider sits much higher too. Furthermore, its only real crash protection is for the lithium batteries – crash protection for the rider is no longer a priority, it would seem! See here:
http://bikeweb.com/node/2958
See here for a Vectrix:
http://bikeweb.com/node/3018
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BMW's C1-based Electric Proto in 2009