BMW is on a mission to become a leader in electric mobility. Last year, we were told that BMW Motorrad would soon reveal a futuristic electric scooter – called the Motorrad Definition CE 04 – designed to ‘redefine the scooter segment.’ And that day has finally arrived!
The new BMW CE 04 is an evolution of the company’s Concept Link electric scooter from 2017. It offers a top speed of 120 km/h (75 mph), a per-charge range of 130 km (81 mi), and various upgrade options are also available.
The production version CE 04 rocks a cyberpunk-like futuristic aesthetic with multiple angles and lines and a long wheelbase (1.675 mm/66 in). It’s built around a one-piece tubular steel frame and features white with black accenting in standard trim, with a metallic gray and orange combination offered as an upgrade option.
The rider sits straddling a flattened “floating” seat. When it’s time to park and put the helmet away, there’s a flip-down side door underneath for storing a helmet. Other storage compartments include a ventilated box that can charge a smartphone via a USB-C connector. A 10.25-inch TFT color display behind the orange shield serves as an instrument cluster with integrated map navigation and extensive connectivity.
The CE 04’s liquid-cooled electric motor is situated between the Li-ion battery pack and the rear wheel. It has a rated power output of 15 kW (20 hp), which maxes out at 31 kW (42 hp) to deliver a speedy standstill to 32 mph (50 km/h) time of only 2.6 seconds. In addition, there’s also an 11-kW version, with a max output of 23-kW (31-hp). Regardless, both versions boast a top speed of 120 km/h (75 mph).
The air-cooled 60.6-Ah (8.9 kWh) battery is estimated to offer 80 miles (130 km) of per-charge WMTC range (the reduced-output version has a 62-mile/100-km range). Riders can plug in the supplied cable by flipping down a compartment door below the handlebar.
It takes 4 hours and 20 minutes to charge via a domestic socket fully. However, an optional 6.9-kW wallbox quick charger reduces that top-up time to an hour and 40 minutes. For this option and connecting to a public charging station, riders will need a Mode 3 cable. Impressively, going from 20% capacity to 80% will take only 45 minutes via the quick charger.
BMW is offering three riding modes, “ECO,” “Rain,” and “Road” as standard, allowing riders to choose between “maximum efficiency and maximum riding fun.” However, if three modes aren’t enough, a “Dynamic” riding mode that allows for faster acceleration can be optioned in.
Twin disc braking at the front and a single disc at the rear provide braking power. In addition, BMW has integrated the latest-generation ABS (with an ABS Pro option also available– which includes banking capability for controlled braking). The standard also comes with automatic stability (or anti-slip) control rider assistance, with dynamic traction control offered as an optional upgrade.
A telescopic fork and single-sided swingarm give the e-scooter a smooth aesthetic. The BMW CE 04 rides on 15-inch solid die-cast aluminum wheels with 160/60 R15 56H (rear) and 120/70 R15 67H (front) tires. In addition, there’s a high/low beam LED headlight, LED turn signals, and an LED rear light comes as standard – with a Pro option offering improved visibility when cornering and other special lighting functions.
Optional accessories that will be available include:
- A smart parka (a futuristic coat) with integrated Bluetooth connectivity that communicates with the Motorrad Connected mobile app and includes lighting elements on the back and sleeves,
- A Sao Paulo jet helmet with a long visor and integrated sun shield.
Pricing for the BMW CE 04 starts at around US$12,000 (€10,200), and market availability is slated for early 2022. Watch the CE 04 in action in the video below.