BMW Motorrad is the motorcycle division of the German automaker and a few days ago they have introduced in London a near-production version of the C Evolution.
BMW Motorrad has introduced a near production-ready version of the C Evolution, an electric scooter that follows the footsteps of the E-Scooter shown last year at the BMW Motorrad Innovation Day and the Concept e that was exhibited at the Frankfurt Motor Show in 2011.
This new version of the electric scooter has a hybrid composite structure with an electric motor that can generate a continuous output of 15 hp (11 kW), with a peak output of 47 hp (35 kW). BMW Motorrad has said that the scooter can hit an electronically limited top speed of 75 mph (120 km/h), while the 0-37 mph sprint can be done in just about the same time as a maxi scooter that has a capacity of 600 cc or more.
This electric scooter is powered through a drivetrain swing arm while the alternator has been installed behind the battery casing, being integrated into the swing arm. Fitted with an 8 kWh battery, the BMW C Evolution can provide enough juice for up to 62 miles (100 km), while the recharging can be completed using a regular household socket. It takes about three hours to fill the battery pack.
BMW's motorcycle division has mentioned that the electric scooter benefits from a smart recuperation system which is capable of regenerating energy during braking or coasting, extending the range by up to 20%.
The production version of the C Evolution should be out sometime in 2014, according to the Bavarian company.