2018 C evolution

From $13,995

MSRP excludes destination & handling fee of $495, tax, title, license and registration.

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The BMW C evolution.

For a future without compromise.

You can experience tomorrow’s urban mobility today with the uncompromising BMW C evolution. This electrically powered maxi-scooter combines sustainability, dynamics and agility with a design that catches everyone’s eye. The C evolution invites you to leave behind the noise and fumes of urban traffic. The powerful, completely electric engine guarantees immediate torque and a riding range of up to 99 miles. This model also comes in four riding modes, and is equipped with intelligent energy recuperation. Riding performance of the highest order, coupled with environmental friendliness, and innovative technology underscore the fact that the C evolution stands for riding pleasure without compromise.

The design of the C evolution

A design that embodies the future.

The shape of the C evolution is at first sight typical of BMW Motorrad. LED lights and a big TFT display reflect BMW’s technological leadership, while the striking split-face fairing shares its DNA with the rest of BMW Motorrad family. A statement is set by the new, attractive color Ionic Silver Metallic with an Electric Green accent color. The graphic on the side covering adds to the electric scooter’s modern appearance. High-quality fit, finish and attention to detail complete the design elements of the C evolution.

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Powerful electric motor

hp (35 kW) at 4,650 rpm
seconds acceleration 0-30 mph
lb-ft max. torque
mile range
Drive train swing arm with liquid cooled alternator; permanently excited synchronous machine with surface magnets, internal rotor

Energized drive.

Energized drive.

Contrary to conventional internal combustion engines, the C evolution’s electric engine provides peak torque from a standstill, instead of gradually building up to the peak torque. With peak output of 48 hp (35 kW) and 53 lb-ft (72 Nm) of torque at the output shaft, this machine provides immediate riding pleasure. The maximum speed is electronically limited to 80 mph to ensure optimized power consumption and range. With acceleration from 0 – 30 mph in only 2.8 seconds, you’ll quickly leave the traffic behind when the light turns green.

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Battery and charging technology

Technology powered by BMW i.

Technology powered by BMW i.

The energy storage device in the BMW C evolution consists of three modules, each of which has twelve lithium-ion battery cells. Thanks to the battery modules of the latest generation with 94 Ah as opposed to 60 Ah, the range of the C evolution is up to 99 miles (per WMTC).

Entirely waterproof, the battery casing is made of die-cast aluminum and also houses the entire electronic control and charging system. It is both a supporting chassis part and a crash protector for the lithium-ion battery module.

BMW i was the technological inspiration behind the C evolution battery. The high-quality modules are identical to those used in the BMW i3 and are produced at the same plant in Dingolfing. Parts of the electronic control system were also adopted from the i3 and i8. This covers voltage, current and temperature and ensures that the high voltage is securely activated and deactivated.

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A full charge of riding pleasure.

A full charge of riding pleasure.

The battery in the BMW C evolution is charged using the integrated charging device, either at a regular household power socket or at a charging station. The charging plug socket on the vehicle is compatible with the car plug type 1. The standard charger cable fits household sockets. Alternatively it is possible to use a Mode 3 charger cable so as to be able to use public charging stations or wallboxes. This provides access to 16 A current for faster charging.

The short charging times are especially practical in everyday use. As is the new Silent Charge mode, which makes charging slightly longer but much quieter.

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C evolution highlights

Distinctive front.
Convenient charging.
Large TFT color display.
Many high quality details.
Torque Control Assist (TCA).
Powerful electric motor.
Electric green accent color.
Practical helmet storage compartment.

Powered by innovation.

Powered by innovation.

The C evolution sets technological standards and is characterized by its great versatility. With its four different riding modes, the C evolution promises variable riding perfectly adapted to the rider’s wishes. Innovative features like the practical Reverse Assist and Torque Control Assist (TCA) make one thing very clear: with the C evolution, you are a pioneer of a new movement – uncompromising in terms of riding performance and in environmental compatibility.

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  • To make sure the ample torque remains securely under the control of the driver at all times, the electronic control system monitors rear wheel speed and reduces drive torque when necessary. Torque Control Assist (TCA) works in a similar way to ASC (Automatic Stability Control), preventing uncontrolled rear wheel spin - especially when setting off.

    With heavy recuperation and the associated high drag torque, the TCA also prevents the rear wheel from locking, similar to how ABS works during braking, which incidentally is also fitted as standard in the C evolution.
  • A technologically complex feature in scooters with combustion engines, Reverse Assist comes as standard in the BMW C evolution. In the city, this function makes it easier to maneuver and exit parking spaces where there is limited space. It is activated by means of a switch on the handlebars, the reverse enablement being displayed on the screen.

  • The word "recuperate" is of Latin origin and means "recover". In motor vehicle construction the term refers to the technological method of recuperating energy.

    The BMW C evolution also features this innovative technology. When the brakes are applied, the electric motor automatically turns into a generator and the brake energy is diverted back to the battery in the form of electrical energy. The result is increased energy efficiency and in turn longer range.

    Recuperation involves the generation of artificial drag torque, the strength of which depends on the degree of recuperation. To the rider, this drag torque feels like the familiar "engine brake" that takes effect when removing the accelerator with a combustion engine.
  • ROAD:
    Medium drag recuperation, maximum acceleration. Standard mode.

    ECO PRO:
    Maximum drag recuperation, limited acceleration. Range optimized by +10 to 20%.

    Maximum drag recuperation, full acceleration. Enables 'riding without braking'/'one-pedal feel'.

    No drag recuperation, full acceleration, torque-free riding. Even gliding with no deceleration.

  • Instead of analog circular instruments, the BMW C evolution has one central digital display. The large, easily readable TFT color screen contains all the familiar information and on-board computer functions such as speed, temperature, mileage etc. There is also a battery charge indicator and two bar displays for energy consumption (ePOWER) and recuperation (CHARGE).

  • The goal in developing the suspension of the BMW C evolution was to achieve the best of both worlds: the best possible directional stability at high speeds and optimum handling in heavy city traffic. The low center of gravity provided by the battery facilitates handling and ensures excellent slow running properties.

    The integration of electric drive requires a whole new approach to suspension design. The battery casing takes the place of the familiar main frame: this contains the bearing for the single-sided drivetrain swing arm.

    The front and rear wheel mounts  appear almost conventional. The upside-down fork at the front has a 4.7” spring travel. The rear wheel is guided by the single powertrain swinging arm with 4.5” of spring travel.

    The wheels and brakes are from the C 650 Sport or C 650 GT. The standard BMW Motorrad ABS is also based on the 2-channel Bosch system familiar from the two maxi scooters. However, two additional sensors have been integrated for energy recuperation and the ABS software has been adapted accordingly. To control the energy recuperation however, two additional sensors were integrated and the ABS software adjusted.

  • The body and ergonomics of the BMW C evolution are inspired by its petrol-powered sibling, the C 650 Sport. The sports-style windshield provides sufficient protection in an urban setting as well giving the rider a good overall view. The high windscreen, available as an optional accessory, provides more comfort and improved wind protection.

    The vehicle weighs 606 lbs, which is slightly heavier than the BMW maxi scooters with combustion engine. This relatively low additional weight is achieved by the use of modern composite materials.

  • Under the generously sized passenger seat there is storage space for an integral helmet, daily groceries or a bag. The lockable right-hand compartment in the footwell holds the charger cable or other small items and features a 12 V socket. The large topcase, available as an optional accessory, offers even more storage space.

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