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BMW unveils a new electric ‘C evolution’ scooter with up to 100 miles range


While BMW’s electric vehicle plans are not entirely clear as of late, the German automaker is still going forward with a few new additions to its EV lineup. The latest is a new generation of its C evolution electric bike unveiled this week. It will make its official debut at the Paris Motor Show next month.

The C evolution is getting the same new battery treatment as its bigger brother, the BMW i3, meaning that it is now equipped with the new 94 Ah.

The new e-scooter is offered in two versions: ‘Long Range’ version and the ‘European version’. The ‘Long range’ is capable of up to 100 miles (160 km) on a single charge, while the ‘European version’ is restricted to meet the requirements for the A1 driving licence. It gets up to 62 miles (100 km) of range on a charge.

An overview of the highlights:

  • Innovative electric drive via drivetrain 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: 19 kW (26 hp) continuous output and 35 kW (48 hp) peak output. Top speed 129 km/h, range approx. 160 km.
  • A1 driving licence version (Europe only): 11 kW (15 hp) continuous output and 35 kW (48 hp) peak output. Top speed 120 km/h, range approx. 100 km.
  • 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 centre 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 colour seat seams.

It’s not cheap. BMW didn’t release pricing for the latest generation, but as a reference, the current C evolution is priced at around €16,000.

Here’s a gallery of the bike:

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