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BMW is looking forward to an electrified future, with the release of the C evolution electric scooter. Coming in two versions – the European version and Long Range for the rest of the world – the C evolution now complements the i3 in BMW’s electric vehicle range.

The difference between the C evolution’s two versions is power output. The Euro-version comes with a power output of 15 hp (11 kW) for license purposes which gives it a range of 100 km, and a top speed of 120 km/h.

For the Long Range e-scooter, which is available for all other markets, power is rated at 26 hp (19 kW) with a range of 160 km, with an electronically governed maximum speed of 129 km/h.

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Located in the swingarm, the electric drive for the C evolution is a liquid-cooled 10,000 rpm electric motor, driving a toothed-belt and a 1:8.28 planetary gear. The lithium-ion battery – also used in the current BMW i3 – is rated at 94 Ah.

According to BMW Motorrad, this allows the C evolution – in both versions – to manage highway riding, even when loaded with a rider and pillion. As for acceleration, it is stated that the e-scooter matches current 600 cc scooters from zero to 50 km/h.

ABS is, as with all BMW Motorrad vehicles, standard, using the Bosch 9M two-channel system. The C evolution boasts of “intelligent recuperation” – Motorrad’s fancy term for regenerative braking. Charging time is three hours for the Euro, and between four to five hours for the Long Range.

A smaller diameter charging cable is included as standard, cutting down on weight and storage issues. The cable is designed to be used at standard charging stations. The C evolution also comes with reverse gear, activated by a switch on the left handlebar.

Torque control assist (TCA), similar to the automatic stability control in Motorrad’s normal bikes, limits engine torque in response to the rear wheel slipping, keeping things upright. TCA also prevents rear wheel lock-up during regenerative braking, especially on slippery surfaces.

Four ride modes are also available – Road, Eco Pro, Sail and Dynamic. Road mode gives full acceleration and 50% motor torque regenerative braking, while Eco Pro, as its name suggests, gives maximum range with limited acceleration.

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In Sail mode, motor torque is set to zero, allowing the C evolution to coast freely when the throttle is closed, with regenerative braking happening only during, you guessed it, braking. Dynamic mode sets the C evolution for maximum acceleration and motor regenerative braking, giving the e-scooter a “sporty” feel.

The chassis for the C evolution is also new, using what BMW calls a ‘hybrid chassis”. Instead of recycling the frame from its “C” series scooters, the C evolution uses the the battery case as a chassis component, built out of composite materials.

This allows for directional stability at high motorway speeds with agile handling in urban traffic. The low centre of gravity from the position of the battery pack helps in this regard.

Rolling on 15-inch wheels, the C evolution comes with twin disc-brakes at the front, with two-piston floating calipers grabbing 270 mm discs. At the back, a single two-piston caliper and 270 mm disc does braking duties.

A large TFT display that draws its design DNA from the BMW i3 provides the C evolution’s rider all the necessary information. Aside from speed, range and battery charge is displayed, along with energy balance, allowing the ride to know if the e-scooter’s battery is powering the motor, or being charged.

An underseat storage compartment swallows a helmet and there’s a single colour option – Ionic Silver Metallic/ Electric Green. The C evolution is available throughout Western Europe, as well as the US, China, Japan, South Korea and Russia.