BMW C Evolution Electric Scooter Uses New BMW i3 (94 Ah) Battery, 100 Miles Range

8 months ago by Mark Kane 14

BMW C evolution (94 Ah)

BMW C evolution using the new battery cells found in the 2017 BMW i3 (33 kWh/94Ah version)

BMW C evolution (94 Ah)

BMW C evolution (94 Ah)

BMW Motorrad announced a new BMW C evolution electric scooter, equipped with higher capacity lithium-ion cells straight from the BMW i3 (94 Ah instead of 60 Ah).

The new version is aptly named the C evolution Long Range, and will debut at the 2016 Paris Motor Show. The previous version (60 Ah / 8 kWh) still still will be available – but only in Europe.

BMW doesn’t provide kWh numbers in the spec, but a cell capacity increase of over 56% translates to range increase from up to 100 km (62 mi) to about 160 km (100 mi).

Also the continuous motor output increases from 11 to 19 kW (while the peak motor capability remains at 35 kW). Top speed has increased to 129 km/h (80 mph).

Acceleration 0-100 km/h (62 mph) takes 6.8 seconds compared to 7.0 seconds earlier.

BMW C evolution (94 Ah)

BMW C evolution (94 Ah)

The new BMW C evolution.

BMW C evolution (94 Ah)

BMW C evolution (94 Ah)

With the new C evolution, available in two variants in future – the Long Range version and the European version that meets the requirements for the A1 driving licence – BMW Motorrad now raises the benchmark in the e-scooter segment to a new level. Featuring a new generation of batteries, as used in the current BMW i3, the range has been significantly extended. The world premier will take place at the Mondial de L’Automobile, Paris 2016.

The new BMW C evolution – innovative e-mobility on two wheels.

For years now, there have been drastic changes in the demand for individual mobility concepts, in particular in conurbations. Constantly expanding traffic volumes, rising energy costs and increasingly rigorous CO2 restrictions on inner-city traffic – these are the challenges that electrically powered vehicles consistently set out to tackle. Following the BMW Group’s sustainability strategy and parallel to BMW i in the automobile sector, BMW Motorrad moved into the field of electric mobility at a very early stage in 2012, ultimately putting forward a convincing statement in the form of the C evolution e-scooter.

BMW C evolution (94 Ah)

BMW C evolution (94 Ah)

Increased e-performance and a European version that meets the requirements for the A1 driving licence. Ranges of 160 and 100 kilometres respectively. With the new C evolution, available in two variants in future – the Long Range version and the European version that meets the requirements for the A1 driving licence – BMW Motorrad now raises the benchmark in the e‑scooter segment to a new level. Featuring a new generation of batteries with a cell capacity of 94 Ah, as used in the current BMW i3, the range has been significantly extended. What is more, a new charge cable with a smaller diameter is now included as standard. New optional accessories such as the smartphone cradle also mean there are now many more ways to customise the BMW C evolution.

In the new C evolution Long Range the continuous output is 19 kW (26 hp), 8 kW (11 hp) more than in the predecessor model, while the range has been significantly extended to approximately 160 kilometres. The top speed is 129 km/h (electronically limited).

BMW C evolution (94 Ah)

BMW C evolution (94 Ah)

In the A1 driving licence version (Europe only), the new C evolution has an output of 11 kW (15 hp). The range here is around 100 kilometres, with a top speed of 120 km/h.

Dynamic paint finishes in Ionic Silver metallic / Electric Green. Last but not least, the new BMW C evolution now steps into the limelight with a refined visual appearance. Both versions of the new C evolution are available in the new paint finish Ionic Silver metallic / Electric Green, combined with the contrasting colour Blackstorm metallic. A new graphic has also been added to the centre tunnel trim in the Long Range version. Already available in Germany, France, Italy, Spain, the United Kingdom, Switzerland, Austria, the Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg, Portugal, Ireland and China, the C evolution is now also due to be launched in the USA, Japan, South Korea and Russia.

BMW C evolution (94 Ah)

BMW C evolution (94 Ah)

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.

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14 responses to "BMW C Evolution Electric Scooter Uses New BMW i3 (94 Ah) Battery, 100 Miles Range"

  1. Martin Welzl says:

    “The electric scooter BMW C Evolution also uses 36 of those cells, making a battery with 8 kWh (36 x 60 Ah x 3,7 V). The upgrade to 94 Ah will make the scooter’s battery capacity improve to 12,5 kWh.”

    1. Just_Chris says:

      Yes, and the reason they don’t state the kWh is, totally IMO, because it is bigger than the battery in the X5.

      If someone is going to the Paris auto show can you photograph the 2 together? Ideally it would be nice to put the seats flat in the X5 and put the scooter in the boot with some wires running from somewhere around the battery pack to under the carpet in the X5’s boot. I just think that the someone needs to perhaps seed an idea in the minds of the people at BMW.

  2. mhpr262 says:

    Now make an electric superbike like the Lightning LS 216 or the Mission RS prototype, BMW! If anyone can pull it off it is you!

  3. kjd says:

    How much does it cost?

  4. ffbj says:

    The BMW C Evolution will make its official debut at the Paris Motor Show 2016. Prices haven’t been released so far, but we expect the European version to get a tag of around €15,000 ($16,840).

    Read more: http://www.autoevolution.com/news/2017-bmw-c-evolution-electric-scooter-makes-its-debut-111136.html#ixzz4K3zwcDC5

    1. Cerio says:

      That price and lobby rating of range would make an electric motorcycle (thus no scooter!) made by Zero look like a bargain – cheaper and higher range. And way cooler anyways.
      http://www.zeromotorcycles.com/zero-ds/specs.php?model=ds

    1. William says:

      “It is smart mobility without relinquishment”. An interesting translation from German. It seems BMW could find a better term than “relinquishment”, to get the attention of the English speaking scooter buying public.

  5. speculawyer says:

    I hate it when people use Amp-hour . . . it doesn’t tell you much without the voltage level.

  6. William says:

    This will make the old Vectrix a nice benchmark in the history books. Look out ZEV LRC scooters, the new crop of BMWs is coming to the states soon.

    1. wavelet says:

      ROFL.

      ZEV is a really weird outfit (I can find basically no 3d-party reviews of their many models of e-scooters).

      Them aside, this BMW scooter is pretty silly. It’s massively heavy (275kg? Really? That’s double the weight of any mid-range ICE maxiscooter), way overpriced and has pretty poor range for the battery.

      It’s ridiculous compared to any number e-scooters, and even compared to real e-motorcycles:

      Price in Germany is 15K Euros. The base Zero S costs 12.5k Euros, has about double the range, and of course much better acceleration, handling etc. And it only weighs ~170kg .

  7. Samwise says:

    I’ll take this instead…
    https://www.arcimoto.com/
    Yeah I know it’s not the same thing, but it will probably cost the same…

  8. Someone out there says:

    I think they can do better than that.

  9. mike says:

    Continuous power increase is a bad news. In some EU markets it will need a full motorcycle license. I guess that’s why they want to keep the older version around but it would be better to use fewer 94Ah cells instead.