BMW announces new electric scooter

How do you tell when an automaker is serious about selling EVs, as opposed to just building a couple of “halo” models to keep the government happy? One indication could be that a company plans to electrify several different segments of its product line. It’s also a good sign when the new electric models fit well with the brand’s overall identity.

On those counts, the recent news from BMW is promising – the company is pushing the performance and fun aspects of the mid-market i3, and especially the super-sporty i8, and it’s taking the same line with the new C evolution electric scooter, which “fuses riding fun and dynamism with the benefits of zero-emission performance.”

The C evolution is powered by a drivetrain swing arm with a liquid-cooled permanent magnet synchronous motor. Peak output is 47 hp, and top speed is electronically limited to 120 km/h (75 mph). Acceleration from 0-100 km/h (62 mph) is 6.2 seconds, which BMW says is better than some gas-powered maxi scooters. The air-cooled lithium-ion battery has an 8 kWh capacity. Range is up to 100 km (62 miles), and charging takes around 4 hours at 220 V.

There are four riding modes, ABS disc brakes, and a Torque Control Assist feature that limits the motor’s torque depending on the slip of the rear wheel.

The C evolution electric scooter is scheduled to go on sale in Europe next year.

 

Source: BMW via AutoBlog Green