On July 27th 2012 in London, BMW Motorrad presents the near-production prototype of an e-scooter as it might soon become part of everyday road traffic in cities throughout the world. This prototype is outstanding in terms of performance, functionality and design. With 11 kW continuous output and 35 kW peak output, the C evolution offers a powerful, speedy ride experience. With a top speed of 120 km/h and impressive acceleration it easily stands up to comparison with current maxi scooters (with a capacity of 600 cc and more). It supremely handles motorway riding and overtaking – even with a passenger. Thanks to its low centre of gravity it offers extremely easy handling and excellent slow-running properties. What is more, a high-performance brake system with ABS ensures maximum safety.
The key factor in an e-scooter is of course the storage capacity of the high-voltage battery (8 kWh): in the C evolution this enables a range of up to 100 kilometres – currently the best level among e-scooters generally. When the battery is completely flat, charging time ideally lasts less than three hours. The battery is charged via the integrated charging device, either at a regular household socket or a charging station.
The BMW C evolution also offers a pioneering solution in terms of energy regeneration – so-called recuperation. The crucial point here is that riders do not have to activate the recuperation process themselves. The vehicle recuperates automatically whenever possible – either via engine drag torque in trailing throttle or during braking. This increases the range of the e-scooter by 10 to 20 per cent, depending on riding style. The blend of the paint finish “Light white” with “Electric green” as a highlight creates an innovative colour scheme for the C evolution, making a clear visual statement.