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BMW’s first electric scooter rolled off the production in Berlin last week with first deliveries expected in May.
The BMW C evolution is based on BMW’s current C 650GT bike, but gone is two-cylinder two-stroke engine and any trace of fossil fuel. In its place is a 47hp electric motor supplied by a 8kWh lithium-ion battery using the same cells as the new BMW i3 megacity car.
The zero emissions moped has a top speed of 75mph and can cover up to 62 miles on a single charge. It will also be comfortably faster that its gasoline-powered sibling, boasting a 0-62mph time of 6.2 seconds and increased torque.
A full charge from a domestic socket – without a wallbox station – takes around four hours, although a charge to 80 percent takes two hours 15 minutes. BMW says the C evolution’s energy recuperation feature – used while braking and coasting – can also extend range by 10-20 percent if used effectively.
Along with the BMW i3 and i8 plug-in hybrid sportscar, the C evolution is a part of a 100 million euro investment in electromobility up until 2015 from the German automaker. It wants to see a proliferation of electric motorcycles and scooters in urban areas and will offer three versions of the C evolution including a police-spec model that’s sure to boost exposure.
The C evolution shares battery technology with the BMW i3
It’s now possible to by electric versions of everything from a retro-styled Italian scooter to an all-out carbon fiber superbike. Riders in all segments have be impressed by the instant torque and smooth acceleration that electric motors provide. As journeys on two-wheeled machines tend to be shorter than those undertaken in cars, the limited range of electric motorcycles is also less of a problem.
When it goes on sale the C evolution will cost £13,500 ($22,450) in the UK. By way of comparison, the C 650 GT costs £9,795 in the UK but $9,990 in the US, which suggests that the C Evolution would cost less than $20,000 were it to reach North America. BMW is yet to give a release date for the US.