BMW has announced the Long Range version of its C Evolution scooter, and it will be coming to the US.
We will see it for the first time at the Mondial de l’Automobile in Paris this fall. The Long Range looks exactly like the original version, which will remain in the catalog and is now called the Europe. BMW also introduced a new color combination: black and light grey with the green sides.
As it name indicates, this new version will have a longer range of 160 km (99 miles). The Long Range features a new generation of battery with a cell capacity of 94 Ah, as used in the current BMW i3. Continuous power is 19 kW and peak power 35 kW, good for a 129 km/h (80 mph) top speed.
The Europe version keeps the original specs: range of 100 km (62 miles), continuous power of 11 kW (this is the max power in Europe before the need of a full motorcycle license), peak power of 35 kW, and a top speed of 120 km/h (75 mph).
Both versions hit 0 to 50 km/h (31 mph) in 2.8 sec., and 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 6.8 sec. for the Long Range, 7.0 sec. for the Europe.
BMW announced that its electric scooters, already available throughout Europe and China, will be launched in the USA, Japan, South Korea and Russia. No dates or prices were announced. It is a good guess that the Long Range will be a little more expensive than the Europe, which goes for €15,400 in the European markets.
Despite its price, we think that there is a market for the C-Evolution here in the US, where it will be the crown jewel of electric scooters. Best of all, it comes from an established upscale manufacturer with a well-known distribution network.