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BMW C Evolution first ride: "an instant kick of torque"

The BMW C Evolution is BMW's fully electric scooter which the company hopes will go in to production within the next few years. The C Evolution makes a claimed 14bhp of continuous output and 46bhp peak output. BMW say the range is 100km during normal city riding, with a top speed of 120kph (74mph). MCN senior road tester Adam Child rode one...

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May 08

Posts: 220

SHIVA_ says:

Scooter are perfect platform for electric

Scooters provide the perfect platform for electric power. They are normally only ridden for short in-city rides, they are easy to move about and place close to an outlet (park on sidewalks [where legal], or close to buildings). Unlike a car you don't have to create massive power to push 4 passengers, plus luggage and the very hefty weight of the car itself. The small package of an e-scooter/moped creates the ideal platform.

Also, all scooters should have removable attache case style batteries. It makes them 1) easily swappable, 2) you can charge the batteries in your apartment and park the scooter anywhere.

Already in NYC I see a lot of little electric mopeds being used for restaurant food delivery. It's becoming almost ubiquitous. However, I don't see the public riding them yet. It would be good to have a plan to make most scooters electric within 5 years. They are the perfect platform for electric power.

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Sep 09

Posts: 897

Rogerborg says:

A 5 Year Plan, you say?

I am eScoot Curious, but until we stop getting the vast majority of our power from burning fossil fuels, electric vehicles will remain a very expensive (to produce and buy) way of reducing local tailpipe emissions.  They're a wash from an environmental perspective.

The ecomoics are dubious: axiomatically, you can only use them for short trips where the fuel savings over your ownership need to be carefully balanced against the high purchase price and hefty depreciation.  As a used purchase, they make little sense, since you're buying obselete technology on its way to expensive failure.

I reckon we're still at least one or two battery generations away from electric vehicles being a good solution, either increased range or decreased (energy and financial) costs of manufacture.

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Nov 11

Posts: 203

jimbo8098 says:


Motors and , more importantly , the batteries used , have come on leaps and bounds but , while the tech is fine for city riding , it just dosen't cut it outside of town. Once we have higher capacity batteries , we will be able to bring electricity into the use of everyone.

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Oct 06

Posts: 1

rekrab says:


Still got the Peugeot Scoot'elec that was on Men & Motors back in '98 Great for local use, quick to 25mph.... OK batteries don't last as long as they did but still very useful, takes a while to get used to the quiet whine! Good to see a major manufacturer making progress, look forward to new battery technology improving range and performance.

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Dec 08

Posts: 1292

boybilly1967 says:

AS ever range is the problem. How far will these go at night with the lights on?

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Nov 11

Posts: 75

HkUk says:

Wake me up in a few years ?

When they can do 150 miles on an 8-hour charge from a standard 13 amp socket, and cruise at 60mph, then I'll pay attention. The battery will need a 2 year life and a reasonable replacement cost too. Even then, it'll, still be my second bike.

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Jan 11

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snev says:

Where do they stack the milk?

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Jul 10

Posts: 272

piroflip says:

I've said it before.............

..............and I'll say it again. The batteries will lose capacity every single re-charge and that 100km range will soon be reduced to 95, 90, 85, etc. The battery will then need replacing at huge cost. We have the motor technology sorted but the batteries are lagging way behind. It will be 10 years minimum before electric bike are remotely practical for commuting and at least 20 before they're any use for sport touring.

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Jan 11

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snev says:

don't worry piroflip.....

Duracell will bring out a long life version.

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Feb 12

Posts: 161

plumber01 says:

electric bike!

looking at this as a first and its good, how many people commute more than 80 miles a day?

its could also be one of the first by a mainstream manufacturer, the first petrol bikes have a 200 miles range and  150bhp, it will probably be overpriced, expensive to maintain, possibly unreliable, and wont really sell well, I will also bet BMW loose money on it, but it is a serious start and who knows what a few years of development will do.

well done BM but i will still commute on my practical 1200cc 165bhp bike for a while yet


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