BMW has brought its C Evolution electric mid-sized scooter to AIMExpo, and although we had information from BMW about the U.S. specifications of the C Evolution at the end of July, BMW tells us the electric scooter is now available for sale at select California dealers as a 2018 model with an MSRP of $13,750. We should see availability around the country in the months to follow.

BMW C Evolution Scooter

Visually, not much has changed from the scooter’s original debut in 2012. However, we have seen a boost in battery power with three 115-150V, 94-Ah lithium-ion battery modules from the BMW i3 containing 12 battery cells per module. This gives a claimed range of 99 miles. BMW says this is the world’s first “Medium Range Electric Maxi Scooter.” At AIMExpo, we were told charge times would be 9 hours with a 110V A/C outlet and a quick 3.5 hrs with a 220V A/C plug. A famous lyricist once said, put 220V on the money honey!

BMW C Evolution Scooter

BMW has listed peak output from the electric powerplant as 48 hp and 53 lb-ft of torque at the crankshaft. We know how fun instantaneous torque can be on electric motorcycles, so we will be looking forward to testing the claimed 2.8-second sprint from 0-30 mph. One bit of information that took the wind out of our sails was the electronically limited 80 mph “to ensure optimized power consumption and range.” Sure 80 mph is plenty fast enough for most situations, but here at MO, “fast enough” is rarely fast enough.

BMW C Evolution Scooter

If you need additional storage to the spacious under-seat trunk, BMW offers a luggage rack and top case. No need to stop there, though (at least for 99 miles), as BMW also offers a touring windscreen and comfort rider’s seat for those long sub-100-mile days in the saddle.

BMW C Evolution Scooter

Even if scooters don’t float your boat, we are definitely excited to get our hands on one of BMW’s C Evolution scooters to put some real-world hurt, ahem, testing on the mid-size Bavarian two-wheeler. Electro-enthusiasts should also note that BMW has said in the past that the C Evolution is the company’s “first step toward alternative drivetrains,” leading us to believe that it may not be long before we see additional electric scooters and, fingers crossed, motorcycles from the German marque.

BMW C Evolution Scooter


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  • Old MOron

    “BMW also offers a touring windscreen and comfort rider’s seat for those long sub-100-mile days in the saddle.”

    Bwahaha, you MOrons are funny.
    Let me check the specs… 606 lbs?!
    That’s no laughing matter.

    • Abdul Qayyum

      Whats price is

      • spiff

        $13,750. Too much money, but pretty decent specs. Prices will drop for electric options, but not this year.

        • Abdul Qayyum

          In pakistani rupees

          • spiff


            Of course I am unsure of the tariff/import tax. 🙂

          • Douglas

            That’s the old exchange rate from last month… was changed at the latest BIS conclave last week….recalculate please. Tango Yankee.

  • Buzz

    600 lbs? 14 grand? And likely overstated range like all electric vehicles?

    I don’t need a scientific consensus to know this is a waste of cash.

  • Mad4TheCrest

    Its good that BMW is bringing this to the US Market, but I am afraid they might have gotten their marketing research wrong. The stated range is not bad at all for a scooter that would be used primarily for running errands or possibly commuting to work through traffic, but a scooter for those jobs, especially errands should be lighter and smaller. Still, this is a great first step for BMW; get the range up to a true, you-can-count-on-it-every time 100 miles at the same price and people might actually buy it. It would be a great way for motorcyclists who don’t want to give up their garage space to a car to get a start in electric vehicle ownership. There is surely room to squeeze one of these in next to the S1000RR …

  • bvail

    Thanks, but I’ll stick to my hydrocarbon emitting Suzuki Burgman Exec for touring and my GL1800 for the really long haul.

  • Mark Vizcarra

    This bike has been out for almost 3 years. Was wondering if the range stayed the same or did it go up. I wouldn’t want to buy a 3 year old bike.

  • blueson2wheels

    600 lbs for a short range scooter doesn’t make sense to me. But then I don’t really get maxi-scooters to begin with. A Vespa 300 is as big as I would go, and that’s still well under 400 lbs. I guess for folks who shy away from a Zero because they don’t live near a service center, or because they don’t like motorcycles, this might look attractive until the market gives more options.