BMW CE 04 is expected to make its market launch in Europe later this year
BMW Motorrad has officially unveiled its upcoming flagship electric scooter named CE 04. A pre-production concept of the same made its maiden appearance back in November last year at EICMA. CE 04 becomes the first electric two-wheeler from the Bavarian automaker.
Prior to its online unveiling, test mules of the e-scooter have been spotted overseas on a couple of occasions. The scooter as evident from its earlier images sports a rather quirky yet futuristic styling. The scooter flaunts an intricate and layered bodywork that resembles Ducati Sport 1000 Biposto.
CE 04 Design
CE 04 e-scooter gets a skateboard-like design with a flat underbelly. It sits on a tubular frame structure that features a bulky but squarish bodywork with large side panels mimicking superbikes. Upfront, it gets a compact apron that houses a V-shaped LED headlamp with integrated LED DRLs along with deep creases and angular lines.
The otherwise flat, floating, single-piece seat gets a small bifurcation between the rider and pillion. It also gets a multi-layered floorboard and raised handlebars which offer a relaxed riding posture. The battery pack and electric motor are cleverly hidden inside the side body panels.
The e-scooter has been offered in two variants- Standard and Avantgarde Style. The former is offered in Light White colour with matt black sections. The latter is offered with Magellan Grey metallic colour with black/orange seat, orange wind deflector and body graphics.
A handful of modifications over the concept model have been carried out to make the electric scooter road legal. These include mirrors, reflectors, brake lights and a tyre hugger at the rear wheel which houses mudguard-mounted indicators and a number plate. Overall, the scooter looks like a modern-day Maxi-style scooter.
Features on offer
In terms of features, BMW CE 04 comes with a 10.25-inch TFT colour screen which comprises in-built navigation and smartphone connectivity. The electric scooter also receives a slew of rider-aided electronics which consist of a traction control system, multiple riding modes- Eco, Road, and Rain as standard while Dynamic mode for enthusiastic riding. Other features include all-LED lighting, black-out alloy wheels and keyless operation.
Speaking of its specifications, CE 04 is powered by an 8.9kWh battery pack paired with a permanent magnet electric motor mounted on the frame instead of a wheel-based BLDC hub motor offered in most contemporary e-scooters. This powertrain delivers 20 bhp over a continuous period and up to 41.5 bhp for a short duration. The e-scooter can sprint 0-50 kmph in just 2.6 seconds and reach a top speed of 120kmph.
BMW claims a maximum range of 130km on a single charge. Using a standard 2.3 kW charger, the battery could be restored from zero to 100 percent in 4 hours 20 minutes. However, on using a 6.9 kW DC fast charger, the battery could be replenished from zero to 80 percent in just 45 minutes.