More than ever before, individual mobility is defined today in terms of sustainability. Growing traffic volume, rising energy costs and constantly increasingly stringent CO2 restrictions on vehicles in inner cities are some of the biggest challenges facing individual mobility choices.
Until now, electric scooters have been limited in terms of performance and range, leaving them suitable almost solely for inner-city use. But with the C evolution high-performance electric scooters, BMW seeks to over come these limitations and satisfy the mobility needs of today and tomorrow.
The near-production prototype C evolution scooter is conceived of as a future-oriented vehicle for commuting between the urban periphery and the city centre. It offers performance figures comparable to those of a maxi scooter with a combustion engine, reaching a maximum speed of 120 km/h. It also has a range of up to 100 kilometres thanks to its large battery capacity.
BMW is making use of a number of events in Europe – such as the London Olympics – to raise the profile and promote acceptance of single-track electrically powered vehicles, thereby preparing the market for such a vehicle with a view to launching a serial production model. In this pilot phase, the vehicles are being operated in real conditions of use and within areas that reflect their intended environment. The aim is also to explore the infrastructure, such as establishing a network of e-mobility providers which might include vehicle rental companies and car-sharing firms.