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BMW Motorrad’s CE 04 electric scooter available early next year

BMW’s first all-electric scooter will arrive in Australia early next year, with the CE-04 featuring a future-oriented design based on the Motorrad Concept Link showcased in 2017, and the Definition prototype from last year.

With its advanced electric drive and innovative connectivity solutions, the new scooter merges transport and communication functions for a new, progressive brand of mobility in urban environments.

“The BMW CE 04 is our new electric star for the city,” BMW CEO Oliver Zipse said. “It combines an e-drive with emotion and motorcycling fun.”

Packed with the latest technology, and the same battery cells used in the BMW iX, the CE 04 will form the basis of Motorrad’s pure electric urban mobility range. With an output of 31kW, the new BMW CE 04 is expected to deliver solid performance.

The classic traffic light start will see it sprint to 50km/h in just 2.7 seconds, while maximum speed is set at 120km/h, enabling rapid progress, not just in the city, but on main roads and the freeway.

The BMW CE 04 has an ample battery cell capacity of 8.9kWh, providing a range of approximately 130km. This enables day-to-day emissions-free riding in the city, in an urban setting and for smaller-scale trips after work, or during the weekend.

It has a permanent magnet electric motor with liquid cooling, mounted in the frame, between the battery and the rear wheel. BMW Motorrad conducted extensive riding tests to develop a specific type of recuperation for each riding mode too.

This allows for optimum performance and riding characteristics. The air-cooled lithium-ion high voltage battery can be charged using the integrated charging device, plugged into a regular household socket or via a wall box or public charging station.

When the battery is completely flat, charging takes four hours and 20 minutes when using the 2.3kWh 10A charger. With the 6.9kWh 30A quick charger, which is available as an optional extra, charging time is reduced to just one hour and 40 minutes.

It can be charged from 20 per cent to 80 per cent in just 45 minutes with the 30A quick charger. Automatic Stability Control (ASC) is also fitted as standard on the BMW CE 04, ensuring maximum safety.

The BMW CE 04 features three riding modes; ECO, Rain and Road, and is constructed from strong tubular steel. The front wheel is controlled by a telescopic fork with a slider tube diameter of 35mm, while 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 120/70 R15 67H tyres at the front and 160/60 R15 56H at the rear.

Twin disc brakes on the front ensure secure deceleration, supported by a single-disc system at the rear. ABS Pro provides an integrated banking sensor, which controls braking during bends, to further increase safety and stability.

The BMW CE 04 comes with a 10.25-inch TFT colour screen with integrated map navigation and connectivity. Its outstanding readability, clear menu navigation and integrated operating concept put the new BMW CE 04 at the forefront of the segment.

For the first time, the screen makes it possible to display a navigation map in the instrument cluster, meaning an additional display is not required. Convenience is enhanced via storage compartments at the front and side.

Even the helmet compartment can be operated while seated. The BMW CE 04 also features a ventilated mobile phone charging compartment and USB-C charging port. It features full LED lighting, including adaptive turning signals.

On the design front, the modern surface finish on the base model is Light White, complemented by matte black sections in the front and side areas as well as the ‘floating’ seat. In addition, there are trend-setting solid wheels, featuring a disc-wheel look.

Available in two grades (the standard CE 04 and Avantgarde), the latter will feature a Magellan Grey Metallic colour scheme. The electric scooter will be priced from $20,690 plus on road costs.

Both models will be able to be upgraded with optional anti theft alarm systems and 30A quick chargers. For further information please contact your local BMW Motorrad dealer.

2022 BMW CE 04
2022 BMW CE 04 Avantgarde
Andrew Jenkin
Andrew Jenkin is a motoring enthusiast, with a passion for two and four wheels. It's pretty much a given there'll be at least two motorbikes in his garage and he needs no excuses to hit the open road. Andrew grew up reading magazines like Street Machine and Heavy Duty and has a love for all things performance.

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