2018 BMW C Evolution Scooter

Ryan Adams
by Ryan Adams

The "new" news continues to flow from AIMExpo 2017

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 TypeLiquid-cooled electric-drive motor
Max. output48 hp (35 kW) at 4,650 rpm (claimed)
Max. torque53 lb-ft (72 Nm) from 0 to 4,650 rpm (claimed)
Maximum speed80 mph (electronically limited)
Acceleration 0-30mphapprox. 2.8 s (claimed)
Range99 miles (claimed)
RecuperationAutomatic recuperation when coasting and braking
BatteryAir-cooled lithium-ion high-voltage battery with auxiliary cooling fan
Battery Voltage133 V (nominal)
Charging Rate3 kW, integrated charging unit
ChargingOn-board charging socket type 1; charging cable with country-specific plug
Charging time at 110 V / 12 Aapprox.. 9:20 h for 100%; 80% in approx.. 7:50 h (claimed)
Charging time at 220 V / 12 Aapprox.. 4:30 h for 100%; 80% in approx.. 3:50 h (claimed)
Secondary battery12 V / 8 Ah, maintenance-free
DriveBelt drive
FrameTubular steel with die-cast aluminum sections
Front suspensionUpside-down fork Ø 40 mm, 4.7” of travel
Rear suspensionSingle-sided swing arm with direct-link spring strut and spring pre-load with 7 manually adjustable settings, 4.5” of travel
Wheelbase63.4” (1,610 mm)
Castor3.7” (95 mm)
Steering head angle65.9°
WheelsCast aluminum wheels
Rim, front3.50 x 15″
Rim, rear4.50 x 15″
Tires, front120/70 R 15
Tires, rear160/60 R 15
Brake, frontDual floating disc brakes, dual-piston floating calipers, diameter 270 mm
Brake, rearSingle disc brake, diameter 270 mm, dual-piston floating caliper
Length86.2” (2,190 mm)
Width (incl. mirrors)37.3” (947 mm)
Height (excl. mirrors)49.4” (1,255 mm)
Seat height, unladen weight30.1” (765 mm) Standard; ) comfort seat: 30.9” (785 mm
Inner leg curve, unladen weight68.7” (1,745 mm) Standard; / comfort seat: 69.7” (1,770 mm)
Unladen weight, road ready, fully fueled)606 lbs. (275 kg)
Permitted total weight981 lbs. (445 kg)
Payload (with standard equipment)375 lbs. (170 kg)
Ryan Adams
Ryan Adams

Ryan’s time in the motorcycle industry has revolved around sales and marketing prior to landing a gig at Motorcycle.com. An avid motorcyclist, interested in all shapes, sizes, and colors of motorized two-wheeled vehicles, Ryan brings a young, passionate enthusiasm to the digital pages of MO.

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  • Mark Vizcarra Mark Vizcarra on Sep 25, 2017

    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 Blueson2wheels on Sep 26, 2017

    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.