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2018 BMW C Evolution Scooter

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.

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 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.

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.

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.

2018 BMW C Evolution Specifications
Engine Type Liquid-cooled electric-drive motor
Max. output 48 hp (35 kW) at 4,650 rpm (claimed)
Max. torque 53 lb-ft (72 Nm) from 0 to 4,650 rpm (claimed)
Maximum speed 80 mph (electronically limited)
Acceleration 0-30mph approx. 2.8 s (claimed)
Range 99 miles (claimed)
Recuperation Automatic recuperation when coasting and braking
Battery Air-cooled lithium-ion high-voltage battery with auxiliary cooling fan
Battery Voltage 133 V (nominal)
Charging Rate 3 kW, integrated charging unit
Charging On-board charging socket type 1; charging cable with country-specific plug
Charging time at 110 V / 12 A approx.. 9:20 h for 100%; 80% in approx.. 7:50 h (claimed)
Charging time at 220 V / 12 A approx.. 4:30 h for 100%; 80% in approx.. 3:50 h (claimed)
Secondary battery 12 V / 8 Ah, maintenance-free
Drive Belt drive
Frame Tubular steel with die-cast aluminum sections
Front suspension Upside-down fork Ø 40 mm, 4.7” of travel
Rear suspension Single-sided swing arm with direct-link spring strut and spring pre-load with 7 manually adjustable settings, 4.5” of travel
Wheelbase 63.4” (1,610 mm)
Castor 3.7” (95 mm)
Steering head angle 65.9°
Wheels Cast aluminum wheels
Rim, front 3.50 x 15″
Rim, rear 4.50 x 15″
Tires, front 120/70 R 15
Tires, rear 160/60 R 15
Brake, front Dual floating disc brakes, dual-piston floating calipers, diameter 270 mm
Brake, rear Single disc brake, diameter 270 mm, dual-piston floating caliper
ABS BMW Motorrad ABS
Length 86.2” (2,190 mm)
Width (incl. mirrors) 37.3” (947 mm)
Height (excl. mirrors) 49.4” (1,255 mm)
Seat height, unladen weight 30.1” (765 mm) Standard; ) comfort seat: 30.9” (785 mm
Inner leg curve, unladen weight 68.7” (1,745 mm) Standard; / comfort seat: 69.7” (1,770 mm)
Unladen weight, road ready, fully fueled) 606 lbs. (275 kg)
Permitted total weight 981 lbs. (445 kg)
Payload (with standard equipment) 375 lbs. (170 kg)