For several years, BMW has been announcing its intention to launch production of city scooters powered by electricity, and now the automaker has finally moved on from words to deeds. BMW Motorrad division announced the launch of serial production of electric scooter CE 04, which features a futuristic design, has a good power reserve and costs $12 thousand.
The conceptual version of CE 04 was presented at the end of last year. Notably, the production version of the scooter looks a lot like the concept. Instead of making the design softer and more appealing to a wide range of buyers, the developers retained bright orange accents and sharp angular lines of the concept CE 04. BMW positions the novelty as an everyday vehicle for moving in urban conditions.
The BMW electric scooter can travel up to 130 km without recharging. This range is provided by the 8.9 kWh battery, which is based on cells that are also used in the batteries of BMW iX SUVs. Compared to electric cars, the range doesn’t look too impressive, but one battery charge will be enough to cover the distance typically covered by scooter owners.
The BMW Motorrad CE 04 is also all right with speed. It is equipped with a 42-horsepower electric motor, which provides a maximum speed of 120 km/h. The developers have implemented automatic stability control and dynamic traction control functions, as well as equipped the scooter with an anti-lock braking system. The steering wheel has a 10.25-inch TFT display with built-in navigation, which can also be used to connect a smartphone.
The retail price of the Motorrad CE 04 starts at $12,000. Exact dates for the first deliveries have not yet been announced.