75MPH BMW c Evolution Electric Scooter Coming Soon To Dealer Near You
If you’re in the market for an electric scooter, your options are limited to cheap, gutless two-wheelers with cobbled-together drivetrains and questionable reliability. The electric scooter market needs a bigger player to up the game, and BMW is doing just that with the introduction of the BMW C Evolution Electric Scooter
Maxi-scooters are massively popular in Europe, so it’s no surprise that BMW will be launching the C evolution on the continent next year. But despite looking like the similarly styled C 600 Sport, BMW’s first electric scooter is completely designed from the ground up.
The eight-kWh, air-cooled lithium-ion battery — a little smaller than the pack fitted to our long-term Zero DS — forms the chassis, connecting the forks up front to the swing arm out back. Rather than stick the electric motor directly to the rear hub, ruining handling in the process, BMW mounted it on the swing arm, which then drives the rear wheel through a belt.
BMW rates the electric motor at 11 kW — or 15 horsepower — with a temporary boost to 47 HP and an impressive 53 pound-feet of torque when you twist the grip. Range is rated at over 60 miles in mixed riding, with a 0-60 MPH time of 6.2 seconds, and the ability to top up the pack from zero to full in four hours using a 220-volt outlet.
LED lighting, ABS, and even heated grips are standard, as is an incredibly trick TFT display for keeping tabs on speed and range. And like most EVs, the C evolution has a series of settings that can either maximize performance or range, along with regenerative braking and an integrated traction control system that cuts torque if the rear wheel starts spinning faster than the front.
But for now, it’s a Euro-only affair, with sales slated to begin across the pond next year.
Article From WIRED Magazine