BMW is currently working on a new electric scooter and has given us a preview of it with the BMW C evolution near-production prototype. BMW has recognized a growing problem in city centers: growing traffic volume, rising energy costs and constantly increasingly stringent CO2 restrictions on vehicles. BMW sees these issues as challenges of the future and is developing serial production solutions to meet the mobility needs of today and tomorrow.
With a growing emphasis on “Urban Mobility,” BMW has created the C evolution e-scooter. It was conceived as a future-oriented vehicle for commuting between the urban perimeter and the city center. Although the C evolution is a “green” motorcycle, it’s still a BMW. BMW says that there were two particular requirements for its development: performance figures comparable to those of a traditional maxi scooter and a long driving range.
The “C evolution” draws on the styling of the BMW Motorrad family, which according to BMW offers a thrilling, inspiring design which arouses an emotional response to the new drive technology. As in other BMW motorcycles, the so-called split face runs across the upper trim section, giving the scooter a distinctive and dynamic front view.
With 11 kW continuous output and 35 kW peak output, the “C evolution” has a powerful motor that gives the e-scooter enough power to comfortably holds its own against current maxi scooters a capacity of 600 cc or more. The top speed is electronically limited to 75 mph and the E evolution has a range of 62 miles. The battery is charged via the integrated charging device, either at a regular household outlet or a charging station. When the battery is completely flat, charging time takes less than three hours. The C evolution features a car-type charging socket – currently the only one of its kind in an electrically powered two-wheel vehicle.
The fact that the charge socket is the identical to the car standard has the advantage that the “C evolution” can be charged at charge stations throughout the USA with the integrated charge cable and standardised plug. This technology is not currently offered by any other electrically powered two-wheeler. Charge cables with the relevant specifications will be offered in later serial production models so that they can be charged at stations in Europe.
BMW has not announced when the C evolution will enter production.
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