BMW C Evolution Electric Scooter Goes Into Production

May 07, 2014 View Comments by

BMW C Evolution Electric Scooter Goes Into ProductionWith its curious combination of features, reportedly high price, and stiff competition, it would seem that BMW is not overly interested in unit sales when it comes to their latest model. We first introduced you to the C Evolution concept back in September but now that it’s going to, in theory at least, be available for consumer purchase, it’s worth a second look.

The C Evolution shares many styling cues with its conventionally powered brethren, the C 600 Sport and C 650 GT scooters, but that doesn’t mean they’re all that similar. Under the skin the C Evolution is a truly unique vehicle. Without going too deep into the technical details, here are some of the pertinent facts. The electric scoot is powered by a liquid cooled permanent magnet synchronous motor with a peak power output of 47 horsepower (15 horsepower is rated power). That’s good for an electronically limited top speed of 75 mph. BMW claims a 62-mile range, though they don’t mention whether that’s with highway or city riding (our guess is city). The air-cooled lithium ion battery pack is rated at 8 kWh and recharges in around four hours (on European 220V sockets). The specs, then, are nearly identical to the concept.

Like other BMWs there are multiple riding modes, with varying degrees of what BMW calls “dynamism” and power consumption. There’s also traction control, ABS, and even reverse. The C Evolution’s instrument panel is dominated by a large color TFT screen that gives a nice futuristic look while displaying all the electrical power information you could ever wish to see.

The final verdict on the C Evolution can, of course, only come through riding and living with it. However, with its rather unimpressive range (even compared to other electric vehicles), 584-pound bulk, and a list price rumored to be in the neighborhood of €15,000 ($21,000) it’s hard to see a good case for it. Maybe that’s why BMW seems to have no plans of bringing it to the U.S.


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