BMW just announced the delivery of a fleet of what appears to be 13 C evolution scooters to the Barcelona Police Department in a release from the BMW Group the other day. The C evolution is a respectable 11kW, 120km/hr top speed maxi-scooter that's enjoyed fairly widespread use in a few major cities in Europe, among them, Barcelona for over a year now. More than that, it's a good fit for the forward-looking philosophy of the city. From the BMW Group site:
In recent years, Barcelona has embraced the concept of sustainable travel in a big way, with its ‘bicing’ bike sharing scheme, tram network, hybrid taxis, and an ever increasing amount of electrically-powered vehicles on the streets. This meant that there was much interest in the C evolution, with motorcycle police, other scooter riders, and drivers of various e-cars all giving our riders the 'thumbs-up' for their choice of transport.
Guenther Seemann (right), President of BMW Group Spain and Mayor Xavier Trias
Here's some more information on the C evolution on one of our previous stories, and the specs:
- Innovative electric drive system via drivetrain swing arm with liquid-cooled permanent magnet synchronous motor, toothed belt and ring gearing.
- Rated power output 11 kW (homologated according to ECE R85) and 35 kW peak output.
- Maximum torque 72 Nm (53 lb-ft).
- Top speed 120 km/h (75 mph).
- Acceleration 0 – 50 km/h (31 mph) in 2.7 s.
- Acceleration 0 – 100 km/h (62 mph) in 6.2 s.
- High range of 100 kilometres (62 miles) in practical operation.
- 4 ride modes available to choose from: Road, Eco Pro, Sail and Dynamic.
- Torque Control Assist (TCA).
- High-voltage battery with high capacity of 8 kWh and innovative air cooling.
- Intelligent recuperation when coasting and when braking.
- Recharged from the domestic mains supply.
- Takes just 4 h to charge to 100 % capacity at 220V / 12A (220V / 16A = 3 h).
BMW Motorrad delivers first fleet of the electric scooter BMW C evolution to local police in Barcelona.
The City of Barcelona receives the first ever fleet of the electrically powered scooter to be delivered to an official authority.
Barcelona committed to clean transportation
Barcelona/Munich. A fleet of maxi scooters comprising 30 of the innovative BMW C evolution was delivered to the Barcelona City Hall for use by the local police. The first completely electrically powered scooter manufactured by BMW Motorrad will allow the police to move with maximum efficiency and zero emissions.
The BMW C evolution is BMW Motorrad’s answer to zero-emissions urban mobility. With a continuous output of 11KW and a maximum output of 35 KW, the scooter is homologated to be ridden with an A1 or B licence. The BMW electric scooter combines sheer electric riding pleasure with excellent dynamic qualities as well as the advantages of a zero emission vehicle, thereby providing a whole new riding experience.
With its high performance, the BMW C evolution was a perfect choice for Barcelona - a pioneering city in the use of environment-friendly vehicles. The model purchased by the city authorities is identical to the regular version but with modifications to adapt it to police use. These include a raised screen for protection purposes and a public address and signalling system.
Highlighting the importance of the delivery of this fleet for BMW, Guenther Seemann, President of BMW Group Spain, was there to hand over the scooter keys to mayor Xavier Trias. Seemann said: “The delivery of this fleet is a special achievement for the BMW Group for two main reasons: it is the first fleet of electric maxi scooters worldwide to be supplied and secondly the recipient is the city of Barcelona - a role model in Europe when it comes to two-wheel mobility. At the BMW Group we believe strongly that the future of urban mobility will be shaped in the next few years by cities with minimum emissions."
Alphabet, leasing multi-brand company of the BMW Group, participates as administrator of the motorcycle fleet. Rocío Carrascosa, CEO of Alphabet Spain, said "With this project we show once again our commitment to promote a more sustainable mobility in our cities." Alphabet offers innovative solutions such as AlphaCity, which offers its customers the possibility to rent vehicles incorporating technology developed for shared use by multiple users and also billing for private use use. AlphaElectric offers also rentals of electric vehicles, with solutions for the installation of charging points and tools to determine the possibilities to electrify a fleet in the optimal way.
The BMW C evolution