The introduction of the BMW CE 04 electric scooter is set to complement BMW Group Malaysia’s, as well as the government’s plan for more sustainable urban mobility. There is no price tag on the e-scooter yet but it is expected to cost around RM60k. BMW Motorrad Malaysia targets to officially announce the price in March this year.
It was first unveiled as the concept BMW Motorrad Definition CE 04, the newest urban mobility scooter from BMW Motorrad that brings to the table a futuristic ride featuring the latest technology in electromobility and connectivity. A culmination of 50 years of Electromobility, and almost 30 years of Urban Mobility, the new BMW CE 04 features an innovative electric drive that provides an abundance of power and range, making navigation through urban jungles a breeze. A low placement of the energy storage unit brings excellent handling and dynamism to an overall smooth and pleasant ride.
The heart of this electromobility scooter is a magnetic, liquid cooled electric motor mounted placed in the lower frame. Located between the battery and the rear wheel, this placement contributes to the CE 04’s low gravity design. The CE 04’s motor generates a maximum output of 31 kW (42 PS) and 62 Nm of torque, allowing for stop-and-go acceleration from 0 to 50 km/h in 2.6 seconds. This makes it suited for speedy day-to-day emission-free travel through the urban landscape with occasional trips on the highway. The e-scooter’s top speed is capped at 120 km/h.
Providing energy for the motor is a 60.6 Ah (8.9 kWh) battery pack which is good for up to 130 kilometres. The lithium-ion battery is charged using the integrated charging device and can be done via any regular household power socket, wallbox or public charging station. When completely flat, it would take 4 hours and 20 minutes to fully charge the battery at the standard output of 2.3 kW. However, with quick charging (up to 6.9 kW), charging time can be reduced to 1 hour and 40 minutes.
The BMW CE 04 presents a futuristic design, packing technology and style into a compact drivetrain. Its low stretched out profile and tubular steel main frame is furnished with ample minimalist-looking surfaces in striking Light White that are complemented by matte black sections in the front and side areas. One striking feature is the “floating” seat, which also takes on a matte black look.
At the front, a telescopic fork guides the front wheel, accompanied by a twin-disc brake for secure deceleration. The wheels feature a trendy disc-wheel look with tyres measuring 120/70 R15 (67H) for the front and 160/60 R15 (56H) for the rear. The rear wheel control consists of a single-sided swing arm, while suspension and damping are performed by a directly controlled, fully covered spring strut. Further, the side stand is integrated into the design styling for a more cohesive look.
Riding illumination is provided by LED units for the headlight (both high beam and low beam), the rear light, as well as the turn indicators. Ensuring greater safety and utility, Adaptive Headlight Pro is also included as standard, alongside daytime running lamp and special light functions, such as “Welcome” and “Good Bye”.
Additionally, to give the rider more riding choices, there are options ranging from maximum efficiency to maximum riding fun i.e. “ECO”, “Rain”, “Road”, as well as “Dynamic” riding mode. The scooter is also fitted with the latest generation of BMW Motorrad Integral ABS Pro as standard.
The user interface is displayed on a 10.25″ TFT colour display and includes Integrated Map Navigation as well as extensive connectivity powered by the BMW Motorrad Connected app. Through the app, riders will have access to arrow navigation, as well as vehicle status and statistics. Besides that, the screen makes it possible to display a navigation map in the instrument cluster, with no additional display needed, and can be operated via the multi-controller. For added convenience, USB port, storage compartment with USB chargers, 12V socket, lighted helmet storage compartment, lighted flexcase, keyless ride functionality and reversing aid are included as standard.
“To usher in the start of the new year, we are excited to introduce the New BMW CE 04 that is set to redefine emotive motorcycling for the urban mobility crowd in Malaysia. A combination of futuristic form with tried-and-tested functionality, the New BMW CE 04 represents our ideals for Responsible and Sustainable mobility. With plans for all future urban mobility models to be purely electric, we are going beyond just introducing new, innovative models for our customers, but are also taking the lead in reshaping the landscape as a whole,” said Hans de Visser, Managing Director of BMW Group Malaysia.
For more information on the BMW CE 04, stay tuned to the BMW Motorrad Malaysia website.