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July 9, 2021

Could The BMW CE 04 Be What You Need For Your Daily Commute?

BMW Motorrad is inching closer to the production of its all-electric scooter, the BMW CE 04. First unveiled in 2020, they promise a new chapter in two-wheel urban mobility thanks to its electric drive, forward-thinking design, and innovative connectivity solutions.

With a maximum output of 31 kW (42 horsepower), the new BMW CE 04 is pretty punchy for its size. For the classic “traffic light start” discipline from 0 to 50 km/h, it takes just fast 2.6 seconds. Even in the reduced output L3e-A1 vehicle class, 23 kW (31 horsepower) drive power is available. The maximum speed of both versions is 120 km/h—for speedy progress not just in the city but on main roads and motorway sections, too.

The new BMW CE 04 has an ample battery cell capacity of 60.6 Ah (8.9 kWh), providing a range of some 130 kilometers (reduced output version: 100 km). This enables day-to-day emission-free riding in the city, in an urban setting and for smaller-scale fun tours after work or at the weekend.

The new BMW CE 04 has a permanent magnet electric motor mounted in the frame between the battery and the rear wheel, as used in a similar form in BMW cars. BMW Motorrad conducted extensive riding tests to develop a specific type of recuperation for each riding mode, giving the rider a high-level convenience. This means that optimum performance and riding characteristics are available in every situation on the road.

The lithium-ion battery is charged using the integrated charging device either at a regular household socket, a wall box or a public charging station. When the battery is completely flat, charging time ideally lasts 4 hours and 20 minutes. With the quick charger available as an optional extra with an output of up to 6.9 kW (2.3 kW is the standard level), charging time is reduced to just 1 hour and 40 minutes when the battery is completely flat. If the battery level is only 20 percent and the battery is charged to 80 percent, the charging time is reduced to just 45 minutes with the optional quick charger. Depending on the market, the standard charging cable with a charging capacity of 2.3 kW comes as standard with the BMW CE 04.

Like BMW’s combustion-engined motorcycles, the CE 04 comes with Automatic Stability Control that limits engine torque in relation to rear wheel slip. Dynamic Traction Control (DTC), available as an optional extra, provides even greater riding safety. DTC enables even more safe acceleration, especially in banking position. It also has anti-lock brakes too.

It also has three riding modes “Eco”, “Rain” and “Road” for efficient, day-to-day use as standard. “Dynamic” riding mode for further enhanced riding pleasure as an option.

The BMW CE 04 features a one-piece tubular steel main frame for stability. The front wheel is controlled by a telescopic fork with a slider tube diameter of 35 mm. Rear wheel control consists of a single-sided swing arm. At the rear, suspension and damping are performed by a directly controlled, fully covered spring strut. The new BMW CE 04 is fitted with generously sized tires, with 120/70 R15 67H at the front and 160/60 R15 56H at the rear. At the front, a twin disc brake ensures secure deceleration, supported by a single-disc system at the rear.

Riders will have a 10.25-inch TFT color screen with integrated map navigation for convenient route planning and extensive connectivity as standard. This makes it possible to display a navigation map in the instrument cluster, so no additional display is needed.

BMW says deliveries start in the first quarter of 2022 in certain markets with a price of US$ 11,795 (P 594,468).

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