BMW has been warning us for years that it needs to make and promote a radical electrical metropolis scooter, and now it’s following by way of. On Wednesday, the German automaker introduced that its Motorrad division will put the hanging BMW CE 04 into manufacturing, with respectable vary and pace on provide in addition to loads of futuristic vibes.
The CE 04 broke cowl as an idea scooter in November 2020, although that itself was principally only a reimagining of one other idea that BMW debuted in 2017. What’s actually hanging in regards to the pictures BMW launched Wednesday is how comparable the manufacturing model appears to be like. As an alternative of watering down the daring design in an try to please a wider vary of patrons, the CE 04’s vivid orange accents and sharp, angular traces make it look simply as very similar to it belongs in an anime as its idea predecessors.
BMW is admittedly angling the CE 04 as a metropolis car — a lot in order that the press launch fairly significantly opens with an prolonged first-person narrative written from the angle of a fictional proprietor and parka-obsessed city-dweller that I can’t suggest sufficient.
This framing helps contextualize the restricted 81-mile vary, which is made potential by a lithe 8.9kWh battery (constructed on the identical cells that energy the brand new iX SUV). However whereas that pales compared to the three-digit vary figures of most each trendy four-wheel electrical car, it’s sufficient to cowl the sorts of day by day brief journeys one sometimes makes with a scooter just like the CE 04. Driving in a metropolis means there may also be quite a lot of braking, which presents ample alternative to make use of regenerative braking to feed vitality again into the battery.
For nonetheless lengthy the battery lasts, it sounds just like the CE 04 shall be a enjoyable experience. BMW says it has a most output of 31kW (42 horsepower) and a prime pace of 120 kilometers per hour (roughly 75mph). Automated stability management, dynamic traction management, and an anti-lock braking system — applied sciences that BMW has been iterating on for some time now, with the corporate going as far as creating a prototype self-driving bike — are all out there to assist riders hold that quickness in examine. A 10.25-inch TFT display screen between the handlebars will provide onboard navigation and smartphone connectivity. (And the bike could have an “[a]ctively ventilated cell phone charging compartment with USB-C charging port” as well, in keeping with BMW.)
BMW has offered a futuristic electrical scooter earlier than, the C Evolution, which was fairly well-received regardless of by no means actually catching on — probably due to the $13,000 price ticket. BMW didn’t drop a worth for the CE 04 or say when and the place it will likely be out there. Keen patrons will apparently have to attend for the corporate to drag these particulars from the longer term, too.