BMW extends range on electric scooter
Monday, September 12, 2016
Posted by: Wes Fleming
BMW is calling the new C evolution "innovative e-mobility on two wheels." It will initially be available only in Europe, but is expected to debut in the USA in the near future.
For years now, there have been drastic changes in the demand for individual mobility concepts, in particular in conurbations. Constantly expanding traffic volumes, rising energy costs and increasingly rigorous CO2 restrictions on inner-city traffic – these are the challenges that electrically powered vehicles consistently set out to tackle. Following the BMW Group's sustainability strategy and parallel to BMW i in the automobile sector, BMW Motorrad moved into the field of electric mobility at a very early stage in 2012, ultimately putting forward a convincing statement in the form of the C evolution e-scooter.
Increased e-performance and a European version that meets the requirements for the A1 driving license. Ranges of 100 and 60 miles, respectively. With the new C evolution, available in two variants in future – the Long Range version and the European version that meets the requirements for the A1 driving license – BMW Motorrad now raises the benchmark in the e‑scooter segment to a new level. Featuring a new generation of batteries with a cell capacity of 94 Amp-hours (Ah), as used in the current BMW i3, the range has been significantly extended. What is more, a new charge cable with a smaller diameter is now included as standard. New optional accessories such as the smartphone cradle also mean there are now many more ways to customize the BMW C evolution.
In the new C evolution Long Range the continuous output is 26 hp, 11 hp more than in the predecessor model, while the range has been significantly extended to approximately 100 miles. The top speed is electronically limited to 80 mph.
In the A1 driving license* version (Europe only), the new C evolution has an output of 15 hp. The range here is around 60 miles, with a top speed of 75 mph.
Dynamic paint finishes in Ionic Silver metallic / Electric Green. Last but not least, the new BMW C evolution now steps into the limelight with a refined visual appearance. Both versions of the new C evolution are available in the new paint finish Ionic Silver metallic / Electric Green, combined with the contrasting color Blackstorm metallic. A new graphic has also been added to the center tunnel trim in the Long Range version. Already available in Germany, France, Italy, Spain, the United Kingdom, Switzerland, Austria, the Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg, Portugal, Ireland and China, the C evolution is now also due to be launched in the USA, Japan, South Korea and Russia.
An overview of the highlights:
- Innovative electric drive via drive train swing arm with liquid-cooled e‑motor, tooth belt and planetary gear.
- Significantly increased range due to enlarged battery cell capacity of 94 Ah (previously 60 Ah).
- Long Range version: 26 hp continuous output and 48 hp peak output. Top speed 80 mph, range approx. 100 miles.
- A1 driving license version (Europe only): 15 hp continuous output and 48 hp peak output. Top speed 75 mph, range approx. 60 miles.
- Intelligent recuperation in coasting mode and when braking.
- Standard charge cable with smaller diameter.
- Short charging times possible.
- Synergy effects with BMW automobiles and electrical safety according to car standards.
- Hybrid chassis with agile handling due to low center of gravity.
- Powerful braking system with ABS.
- Extensive range of standard features including multifunctional TFT instrument cluster, LED daytime running light, LED turn indicators, several riding modes, reverse assist and Torque Control Assist (TCA).
- New paint finishes Ionic Silver metallic / Electric Green.
- High-end details such as tinted windshield and color seat seams.
* The European A1 license is for people 17 or older and restricted to a max 125cc scooter, moped or motorcycle. Seventeen and 18-year-olds in Europe may only hold an A1 license, and getting one requires holding a full drivers' license and completing mandatory motorbike training courses.