While the likes of Ducati and MV Agusta are releasing news of E-Bike partnerships and products more akin to bicycles, a few hours further north the Germans are readying to release a new EV motorcycle platform in the first-quarter of 2022 when the new BMW CE 04 arrives to spearhead BMW’s electromobility strategy for the urban environment. The new EV scooter will be priced from $20,350 +ORC.
The CE 04 is a production ready model that has its origins in the BMW Motorrad Concept Link originally showcased in 2017 followed by the Definition CE 04 prototype first unveiled in 2020.
The newest member of BMW’s zero emission fleet features electric drive, modern futuristic design and innovative connectivity solutions.
A maximum output of 31 kW (42 hp) propels the CE 04 from 0 to 50 km/h in 2.6-seconds. A reduced output version will be available in some markets where the L3e-A1 vehicle class attracts reduced licencing requirements.Both versions will be suitable for highway use with a maximum speed of 120 km/h.
The new BMW CE 04 has a battery cell capacity of 60.6 Ah (8.9 kWh), providing a range of 130 kilometres (reduced output version: 100 km).
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 such as the 225xe Active Tourer.
The lithium-ion battery is charged using the integrated charging device either at a regular household socket, a wallbox 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 per cent and the battery is charged to 80 per cent, 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.
In the same way as with BMW automobiles, BMW Charging solutions are also available for the BMW CE 04 for charging at home, on the road and at work.
A traction control system is available on the new BMW CE 04 and is comparable to the Automatic Stability Control in BMW motorcycles with combustion engines. ASC 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.
The new BMW CE 04 features the three riding modes “ECO”, “Rain” and “Road” as standard. The additional “Dynamic” riding mode is also available as an ex works option, enabling the scooter to accelerate at an even swifter pace. Different braking energy regeneration levels are present dependent on the riding mode that is selected.
The main frame is a tubular steel construction. 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 tyres, 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. In addition, BMW Motorrad ABS ensures a high level of active safety. ABS Pro, available as an optional extra, goes even further: By means of a banking sensor, ABS Pro also controls braking on bends, thereby offering the greatest possible safety.
The new BMW CE 04 comes fitted as standard with a 10.25-inch TFT colour screen with integrated map navigation and connectivity. The screen makes it possible to display a navigation map within the instrument cluster.
As you would expect LED lighting is employed across the machine and an adaptive turning light Headlight Pro will be available as an ex works option.
The modern surface finish is in a striking Light White, complemented by matt black sections in the front and side areas as well as the “floating” seat. The rims feature a disc-wheel look. The new BMW CE 04 in Avantgarde Style (ex works option) appears in Magellan Grey metallic is supplemented with a black/orange seat, an orange wind deflector and various graphics.
BMW CE 04: $20,350* Standard specification
Liquid-cooled permanent magnet electric motor
30 kW (42 hp) output
62 Nm torque
8.9 kWh air-cooled lithium ion high voltage battery
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