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August 8th, 2012

BMW Introduces C Evolution Electric Scooter

BMW is gearing up for the presentation of its first zero emissions model from BMW Motorrad, which is the company’s motorcycle division.


Following the original E-Scooter concept at the BMW Motorrad Innovation Day 2011 and the Concept e at last year’s Frankfurt Motor Show, BMW has now introduced a near-production prototype of the electric Scooter named the C Evolution.


The electric-powered scooter was presented in the U.K. capital with BMW to allow selected London Olympics visitors to drive the prototypes during the games. The C Evolution features a hybrid composite structure upon which it fits an electric motor producing a continuous output of 11kW (15hp) and a peak output of 35kW (47hp) allowing for an electronically limited top speed of 120km/h (75mph).


According to BMW, in terms of acceleration from 0 to 60 km/h (37mph), the C Evolution “comfortably holds its own against current maxi scooters a capacity of 600 cc or more”. The 8kWh battery provides a range of up to 100 kilometres (62 miles) and can be recharged through an integrated charging device via a regular household socket or a charging station in less than three hours. The company believes that it can have the production model ready for sale by 2014.