2014 BMW C evolution Electric Scooter Revealed

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BMW has expanded its maxi-scooter lineup with a new electric-powered model. Officially revealed after a year of testing at various events in Europe such as the 2012 London Olympics, the BMW C evolution is now ready for production, joining the gas-powered C650GT and C600 Sport.

The C evolution is powered by a liquid-cooled permanent magnet synchronous motor claiming an European Union-rated 15 hp, though if you really strain the motor peak output can reach 47 hp. Peak torque is claimed to be 53 ft-lb. BMW claims this will be enough to propel the C evolution to an electronically-limited maximum speed of 75 mph. BMW also boasts a 0-50 kph (31 mph) time of 2.7 seconds and a 0-100 kph (62 mph) time of 6.2 seconds, acceleration the company compares to a gas-powered 600cc scooter.

The motor is powered by a 8kWh lithium-ion battery, with its die-cast aluminum casing also serving as the main component of the chassis. BMW says the battery can get a full charge in four hours through a domestic 220V socket with a 12A current (or three hours with a 220V/16A outlet), which should be enough for a range of 62 miles.

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As with many modern two-wheelers, the C evolution offers multiple ride modes; the main difference is in addition to altering performance, the C evolution’s four ride modes control energy regeneration. Besides connecting to a power outlet, the C evolution can regain energy through regenerative braking or by closing the throttle and harnessing energy from coasting (although doing so does introduce a braking effect.)

Road mode offers maximum acceleration, full energy regeneration ability from braking and 50% regeneration while coasting. Eco Pro mode restricts acceleration to maximize energy regeneration. Sail mode minimizes energy regeneration from coasting, so a rider can coast without as much deceleration. Dynamic mode combines full acceleration with a somewhat vaguely-described “high degree of recuperation.”

As we mentioned, the battery casing is the main part of the chassis, though the trade-off is a lack of storage space under the seat. The pillion seat does lift up to reveal a storage area while a smaller storage compartment is built into the back of the front shield. The large battery is also a contributing factor to the C evolution’s claimed weight of 584 pounds, making it 9 pounds heavier than the C650GT’s claimed wet weight and 35 pounds heavier than the C600 Sport.

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The steering head’s steel tubing directly attaches to the front of the battery casing and the single-sided swingarm connecting at the rear. The front wheel is suspended by an upside-down fork while a spring strut serves as rear suspension.

Like all BMW two-wheelers, the C evolution comes standard with anti-lock brakes. The C evolution also uses BMW’s Traction Control Assist technology, a form of traction control that limits motor torque to compensate for wheel slippage.

Other features include a TFT color display, LED daytime running lights and heated grips. the TFT screen displays data such as speed, battery charge status, power consumption, range and voltage of the on-board electrical system. The screen also displays a reversing aid to help move backwards at slow-speed.

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The 2014 BMW C evolution will be offered in Light White with Electric Green. Pricing and availability will be announced later.

[Source: BMW]

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