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BMW Unveils C evolution Electric Scooter Prototype

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BMW is giving us a preview of yet another vehicle it plans to launch under its i sub-brand for environmentally friendly modes of transportation, this time in the form of the latest C evolution electric scooter prototype.

Developed together with the automaker’s two-wheel division, BMW Motorrad, the C evolution is described as a “near-production” prototype and as its name suggests is the evolution of previous vehicles like the C1-E electric scooter concept from 2009 and original C1 scooter sold during the early 2000s.

As we’ve previously reported, the aim of BMW’s i sub-brand was never to exclusively develop one type of vehicle or another, but to come up with a range of technologies BMW could eventually introduce. Already locked in are the i3 electric city car, the i8 plug-in hybrid sports car, and almost certainly a production version of the C evolution, and beyond these three vehicles we’re likely to see even more BMW i vehicles launched.

For BMW, vehicles like the C evolution are ideal for tackling growing traffic volume, rising energy costs and constantly increasingly stringent CO2 restrictions all across the globe.

Key specs include an electric drivetrain developing a continuous output of 15 horsepower and a peak output of 47 horsepower, a top speed of 75 mph, plus a range of about 62 miles courtesy of an 8-kWh air-cooled lithium battery.

BMW claims the scooter handles motorway riding and overtaking without issue--even with a passenger. It is said to also be capable of effortless hill starts on steep slopes with a pillion passenger. In fact, performance is said to be comparable with a 600-cc gas-powered scooter. Furthermore, thanks to its electric motor, there are no delays in torque build-up at all as are typical in combustion engines due to the clutch engaging and disengaging.

BMW hasn’t announced a release date for a production version of the C evolution, but given the near-production status of the prototype we wouldn’t be surprised to see it on sale within the next year or two.
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  1. yes with a Badge premium and another electric vehicle premium price tag putting it out reach for those that actually would take advantage of this tech bike.
     
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  2. Dude, first you complain about Ferrari engines not sounding nice, and now you criticize a company for actually bringing out a unique and helpful product? I just don't get you. Electric cars, and in this case scooters, are still in their infancy, and like any new tech the price of entry will be steep. This will gradually drop but companies initially need to enter the market. BMW does but people like you straight away criticize the brand.. and for what? For putting its own logo on the thing.. what a joker.
     
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