BMW C Evolution Electric Scooter To Go On Sale in May

8 months ago by Eric Loveday 7

BMW C Evolution

BMW C Evolution

It seems like we’ve been waiting decades now for the arrival of the BMW C Evolution electric scooter.

BMW C Evolution

BMW C Evolution

But finally, it’s almost here.

Since first debuting at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show, the C Evolution has garnered quite the following, mostly because it’s a BMW and has BMW levels of performance one would expect:

  • Liquid-cooled permanent magnet synchronous motor
  • Power output is 11 kW (15 hp)
  • Peak output of 35 kW (47 hp).
  • Top speed of 120 km/h (75 mph, electronically limited)
  • Out accelerates some ICE maxi scooter with engines sized 600cc and up
  • 8 kWh capacity of the air-cooled lithium-ion high-voltage battery
  • Range of up to 100 kilometres (62 miles)
  • Full recharge takes 4 hours on @ 220V /12A

Though BMW has still yet to release pricing information, we’re thrilled to see that the C Evolution is finally a reality.

We suspect it’ll be expensive though, perhaps touching $20,000 when kitted out, but there’s really no competition out there in the performance electric scooter category where the C Evolution resides.  Or is there?

BMW C Evolution

BMW C Evolution

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7 responses to "BMW C Evolution Electric Scooter To Go On Sale in May"

  1. Mr. M says:

    Aren’t the Brammo electric bikes a competitor (http://www.brammo.com/). They are faster, around same range, little less in price. What do you think?

    1. Eric Loveday says:

      Yes…Brammo is a competitor for sure. This BMW scooter won’t sell well in the US. It’s more for the European market. Here in the US, we have several highly capable electric motorcycle that make this scooter look like a toy. And the BMW is far too expensive for a scooter. It’s a European thing.

    2. Benswing says:

      The market for this scooter is definitely different from the market for Zero (http://www.zeromotorcycles.com) or Brammo (http://www.Brammo.com) bikes. Zero and Brammo make motorcycles with more range (especially Zero) and the styling is completely different (ie – not scooters).

      Glad to see BMW get their product out there finally! More options are better options.

      Looks like a slightly upgraded Vectrix in terms of top speed and range. If Vectrix were actually making a Li-Ion VX-1, then there would be some interesting competition.

  2. David Stone says:

    That thing is HUGE for a scooter.
    If they took a big from the front and put it on the sides, it would be a normal sized motorbike.

    Why don’t the make a motorbike with the same specs?

    At 20k it should at least be a motorbike.
    20k is too much for a scooter, even for us europeans.
    And especially for us europeans who HATE scooters ;)

  3. vadik_veselovsky says:

    They announced the base price in Europe at 15 000 euros.

    A great idea esp. for city traffic, not only in Europe.

    I do not see motorcycles as relevant competitor to it.

  4. Gibber says:

    Yea, my visits to Long Beach BMW have been excessive of late. I have waited so long for the new R1200RT and it’s finally trickling in. It’s an amazing machine and properly equipped it’s about $22,000. This scooter would never sell in the States.

  5. Mico says:

    I had the pleasure to ride a few laps on it at Intermot 2012. It has real power!
    Now what’s the selling point of a scooter? Practicality. But the underseat storage is tiny and the windscreen too low. My Vectrix has twice the storage.
    ABS is nice though and I am sure that it will sell here in Europe. Not huge numbers but it won’t flop