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It's a C evolution for BMW

BMW Motorrad tests its first near-production prototype of a high-performance e-scooter

Published: July 27, 2012, 4:00 AM
Updated: April 29, 2018, 4:06 PM

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For the next couple of weeks, BMW is street-testing its first near-production prototype of a high-performance electric scooter, the C evolution.

Citing growing traffic volume, rising energy costs and constantly increasingly stringent CO2 restrictions on inner-city vehicles as the challenges of the future, BMW Group is developing serial production solutions, including single-track mobility. In 2011, the Group debuted the C600 Sport and C650 GT maxi-scooters. Last year also saw the presentation of the concept vehicle E-Scooter, and in Frankfurt, the design study of the electric scooter BMW Concept e.

The third stage of BMW's e-scooter development, the C evolution was conceived for commuting between the urban periphery and the city centre. The C evolution has a max speed of 120 km/h and a large battery capacity that allows for a 100 km range.

Charging time "ideally" lasts less than three hours from totally dead. A car-type charging socket, the only one currently in an electric-power two-wheeler, is located behind a cover in the footwell; the charge cable is housed in a storage compartment in the footwell as well. The charge socket is identical to the car standard.