We can all pretend we’re surprised, but when BMW Motorrad first launched its Concept Link electric scooter a few years ago and then followed it up with definition CE 04 last year, it was pretty obvious that it was rather there would be a production model than later. Enter the very fanciful CE 04, yours for £ 11,700 with delivery early 2022. Yes, it really is real.
Here are the headlines in brief: An 8.9 kWh battery (from the same cell type as in the BMW iX) is connected to a powerful, liquid-cooled 42 HP electric motor and thus wins the traffic light GP by increasing it to 50 km / h sprints 2.6 seconds before peaking at 75 mph. You will run out of juice after 80 miles, but that’s fine because it takes only 45 minutes to fully charge the battery and take 100 minutes to fully charge the battery. There is an ensemble of rapid driving modes and aids as well as an integrated smartphone charging function, a 10-inch color dashboard and full LED lighting.
It’s always a shame when a concept doesn’t go into production unscathed, but it is noteworthy that the CE 04 retains almost all of the functionality and design of the concept vehicles and BMW gets high praise for this. It’s a mix of futuristic and retro rolled into one, and sits somewhere between The Jetsons and Blade Runner 2049. There are cleverly built-in storage compartments that are big enough to hold a helmet in the front and sides and the seat, an exposed drive belt and a single sided To accommodate mounted rear wheel looks pretty tricky.
It is a time of total change for personal mobility and BMW says that the CE 04 is its electric star for the city and that it combines emotion with motorcycle fun. It might sound like breezy marketing, but the truth is that the CE 04 is exactly what electric motorcycles should be: fun vehicles for short and steady trips through cities with lots of charging points and none of the things that actually hinder conventional electric motorcycles Subject.
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