Categories: BMW
September 22, 2017
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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.