By Guido Ebert
BMW’s C evolution
BMW Motorrad says it is “taking a fully committed approach to electric mobility,” and in mid September unveiled its new C evolution electric scooter to mark the start of a new product family for BMW Motorrad.
Positioned to join the conventionally powered C 600 Sport and C 650 GT maxi scooters in the BMW Motorrad line-up, the C evolution is powered by a swingarm-mounted liquid-cooled permanent magnet synchronous motor via a toothed belt and ring gearing. Rated power output is 11 kW (15hp), with a peak output of 35 kW (47hp) and 53 lb.-ft. of torque. This enables the C evolution to achieve 0-31 mph in 2.7 seconds, 0-62 mph in 6.2 seconds, and a top speed of 75 mph (electronically limited).
The 8 kWh capacity of the air-cooled lithium-ion high-voltage battery allows for a range of up to 62 miles before a four-hour recharge time.
Beneath the bodywork, the battery casing, made from die-cast aluminum, is an integral part of the chassis, with the steering head support attached to it at the front and the single-sided swing arm and rear frame attached at the back.
On the road, riders can select from four operating modes: “Road” mode offers maximum acceleration, approximately 50% energy regeneration when coasting and full regeneration when braking; “Eco Pro” mode restricts acceleration and therefore energy consumption while the maximum possible amount of energy is recuperated; “Sail” mode suppresses recuperation while coasting, allowing the C evolution to glide along virtually free of any braking effect when the throttle is released; and “Dynamic” mode combines full accelerating power with a high degree of recuperation.
Other thoughtful amenities include Torque Control Assist (TCA) – particularly useful for preventing uncontrolled rear wheel spin on surfaces with reduced grip (e.g. wet cobblestones) – ABS, heated grips, LED daytime running lights, and a large color display in the instrument cluster that offers a wealth of information.
No word on when you’ll be able to park it next to your i8.
The Vespa 946 ($9,946) is scheduled to be delivered to U.S. retailers beginning in November.
The “946” name is a tribute to the first Vespa prototype built in 1946. Piaggio says the 946 will be revealed annually like a fashion collection, with a limited number produced for each country and a new color and accessories for each new “collection.”
In the U.S., dealer orders were taken for a brief period in April 2013.
Utilizing a welded steel and aluminum alloy monocoque body structure, the bike for the U.S. is powered by a fuel-injected 150cc single-cylinder three-valve four-stroke and features ABS, traction control, LED lighting and a digital dash.
Scooterville ordered a couple. Go check ‘em out.