It’s official, BMW’s futuristic CE 04 urban electric scooter has been given the green light for production, with initial Australian deliveries scheduled for the first quarter of 2022. The project was first teased at BMW’s #NEXTGen 2020 event, presented as an elegant vehicle designed for short journey trips within urban environments.
Fully electric, BMW describes the modern two-wheeler as having the practical benefits of a scooter and the power delivery of a motorcycle all at the same time. The CE 04 is powered by a single 31kW/62Nm liquid-cooled electric motor, which draws energy from an 8.9Wh lithium-ion battery, claims a 0-50 km/h time of 2.6 seconds, and an electronically-limited top speed of 120 km/h.
It has a charging time of 4 hours and 20 minutes but can be reduced to 1 hour and 40 minutes when using a quick charger. The flat battery-packed at the base of the one piece tubular steel mainframe allows for a low centre of gravity and “playful handling”. Additionally, the scooter boasts ASC (Automatic Stability Control), DTC (Dynamic Traction Control), and multiple ride settings for eco, rain and dry roads.
As expected, the CE 04 arrives full of innovation and technology for the present-day rider. Fitted between the handle bars is a 10.25 inch TFT colour screen, providing access to a satellite navigation system, performance settings and a USB-C charging port for phone compatibility. In terms of storage, the scooter features numerous compartments that can not only fit your helmet but other things like small bags and cases.
The scooter looks set to ignite a fire within all city-commuting urbanites. However, don’t throw your train tickets out just yet, because the AUD$20,350 price tag could be a little steep for some office workers.