BMW CE 04 electric scooter prices start at £11,700 [Update]

BMW has unveiled the all-new CE 04 electric scooter. Based on the BMW Motorrad Concept Link showcased back in 2017, the BMW CE 04 is an extension of the ‘near series’ Definition CE 04 model previewed in 2020. The CE 04 is the brand’s first all-electric scooter and previews BMW Motorrad’s future in urban mobility. The recommended retail prices for the scooter’s range start at £11,700 (UK).

BMW CE 04 Design & Features

The new BMW CE 04 features a thorough futuristic design, with matt black touches on the front and side body panels and the ‘floating’ theme seat. There is an Avantgarde Style version as a part of the ex works option, which comes with a Magellan Grey metallic paint scheme with orange touches on the seat and wind deflector at front.

BMW CE 04 front three quarter
The Avantgarde Style version of BMW CE 04 comes with Magellan Grey metallic paint scheme with orange touches. Image courtesy: BMW Motorrad.

The electric scooter benefits with a 10.25-inch TFT coloured display for the instrument console with an in-built navigation system and LED lighting all around, storage compartments in front and side and ventilated phone charging compartment with a USB port for charging.

The compartment on the side can accommodate a helmet and can be operated while seated on the scooter. Customers can have the CE 04 with adaptive headlight Pro and special light functions like “Welcome” and “Good Bye” provided as parts of the ex works option.

BMW CE 04 instrument console
The BMW CE 04 gets a 10.25-inch TFT coloured display for the instrument console with an in-built navigation system. Image courtesy: BMW Motorrad.

BMW offers six different types of seats with different contouring and backrest designs, with the seat height starting from 780 mm. In addition to this, there are water-proof top box solutions with storage capacity ranging between 25-35 litres. The BMW CE 04 comes with a 2-year guarantee, with a 5-year guarantee on the battery.

Along with the scooter, BMW has also made available a high-tech jacket, with several in-built gadgets connected directly with the scooter wirelessly. With this jacket, one can attend phone calls, customize the theme colour of the instrument console or shuffle between songs by just touching the wrist part of the jacket.

Powertrain

The BMW CE 04 is equipped with an 8.9 kWh battery, which uses the same battery cells as the BMW iX and is assisted by a liquid-cooled 31 kW (42 PS) electric motor. Like in a BMW 225xe Active Tourer, the motor is placed in the frame between the rear wheel and battery. The scooter can complete a 0-50 kmph sprint in just 2.6 seconds and a maximum riding range of 130 km (WLTP cycle).

The BMW CE 04 is also being offered in an L3e-A1 class version, which features a less powerful 23 kW (31 PS) electric motor, with the maximum riding range of this version being 100 km. Both the versions of the BMW CE 04 have their top speed capped at 120 kmph.

BMW is offering a 2.3 kW charging cable as standard for the CE 04. The scooter’s lithium-ion battery takes 4 hours and 20 minutes with a regular household socket and 1 hour and 40 minutes using an optional 6.9 kW fast charger. With this charger, the battery can be charged up to 80 per cent from 20 per cent in just 45 minutes and from 0 to 80 per cent in 65 minutes.

BMW CE 04 charging port
The BMW CE 04 has been equipped with an 8.9 kWh battery. Image courtesy: BMW Motorrad.

Chassis

Based on a tubular steel frame, the BMW CE 04 comes fitted with 35 mm telescopic forks at the front and a single-sided swingarm with a fully covered spring strut at the rear. The electric scooter rides on a 120/70 R15 tire at the front and a 160/60 R15 tire at the rear.

Safety

Like every other top-spec BMW Motorrad offering, the new BMW CE 04 is equipped with a host of modern-day safety features, such as ABS with dual disc brakes at the front and a single disc at the rear, automatic stability control and three different riding modes of ‘Eco’, ‘Rain’ and ‘Road’.

BMW CE 04 side
The BMW CE 04 comes with three different riding modes of ‘Eco’, ‘Rain’ and ‘Road’, with optional ‘Dynamic mode as ex works option. Image courtesy: BMW Motorrad.

Additional safety features come in ABS Pro with banking sensor, dynamic traction control and additional ‘Dynamic’ riding mode, which are being offered as ex works options.

BMW CE 04 Police variant

At Milipol 2021 in Paris, France, BMW Group took covers off the BMW CE 04 police variant. The police variant packs a slightly less powerful, 30 kW (41 PS) motor but the same, 8.9 kWh battery pack. The top speed and range are identical to the civilian variant: 120 km/h and 130 km.

The BMW CE 04 police variant comes in a special livery. More importantly, it’s possible to specify it with unique features like LED flashing lights in the front, an LED beacon in the rear, a siren, an authorities case, and an additional switch for controlling the light and sound signal components.

Production

Manufacturing of the CE 04 is at the BMW Group Plant Berlin in Germany. The company started production of the electric scooter on 8 November 2021.

Release Date

BMW Group displayed the BMW CE 04 at the 2021 Munich Motor Show (IAA 2021) in September 2021. The company could launch it in the UK towards the end of 2021.

Source – Youtube/BMWMotorrad

BMW CE 04 Specifications (UK)

Engine

TypePermanent-magnet liquid-cooled synchronous motor
Rated Capacity15 kW (20hp)
11kW (15 hp) with optional derating to 11 kW
Maximum Power 31 kW (42 hp) at 4,900 rpm
23 kW (31 hp) at 4,900 rpm with optional derating to 11 kW
Maximum Torque62 Nm at 0-4,900 rpm

Performance/Consumption

Maximum Speed120 km/h (electronically limited)
Acceleration2.6 seconds from 0-50 km/h
2.7 seconds from 0-50 km/h with optional derating to 11 kW
Range according to WMTC130 km
100 km with optional derating to 11 kW
Consumption of electrical energy according to WMTC7.7 kWh/100 km

Electrical system

Traction batteryTraction storage with high-voltage technology integrated
in the vehicle underbody, central air cooling, permanently installed battery module, 40 lithium-ion battery cells, 8.5 kWh (6.3 kWh with optional derating to 11 kW)
Battery Voltage (nominal)148 V
Charging capacity2.3 kW with integrated charger
6.9 kW with optional quick charger
Charging powerCharging socket on vehicle type 2 (not US and CN); Charging cable with country-specific power plug
Standard charging timeApproximately 4 hours and 20 minutes for 0-100 per cent
and 3 hours and 30 minutes for 0-80 per cent
Approximately 3 hours and 20 minutes for 0-100 per cent
and 2 hours and 25 minutes for 0-80 per cent with optional derating to 11 kW
Charging time with optional quick chargerApproximately 1 hour and 40 minutes for 0-100 per cent and 1 hour and 5 minutes for 0-80 per cent
Approximately 1 hour and 10 minutes for 0-100 per cent and 50 minutes for 0-80 per cent with optional derating to 11 kW
Secondary battery12V/5Ah, maintenance-free
AlternatorDC/DC converter with 500 watts that has been integrated into the charger

Power transmission

Transmission1-speed transmission, integrated into the motor housing
Secondary driveDrive unit swing arm, toothed belt and gearbox with fixed transmission

Chassis/brakes

FrameSteel double loop frame
Front suspension/suspension elementsSingle-bridge telescopic forks with 100 mm spring travel
Rear-wheel guide/suspension elementsSingle-sided swinging arm/central spring strut with 92 mm suspension travel
Wheelbase1,675 mm
Caster120 mm
Steering head angle63.5 degrees
WheelsCast aluminium wheels (disc wheel or disc wheel optics)
Tyre, front120/70 R15
Tyre, rear160/60 R15
Brake, frontDouble disc brake 265 mm (4-piston fixed caliper)
Brake, rearSingle disc brake 265 mm (1-piston floating caliper)
ABSBMW Motorrad ABS

Dimension/weights

Seat height at vehicle kerb weight780 mm
(800 mm with optional comfort seat)
Length2,285 mm
Height (above windshield)1,150 mm
Width (over mirrors)855 mm
Unladen weight, road-ready231 kg
Permitted total weight 410 kg
Payload (with standard equipment)179 kg

BMW CE 04 FAQs

What is the price of BMW CE 04?

Prices of BMW CE 04 start at £11,700 in the UK (recommended retail price).

What is the maximum riding range of BMW CE 04?

With an 8.9 kWh battery assisted by a 31 kW (42 hp) motor, the CE 04 has a maximum riding range of 130 km.

What is the release date of BMW CE 04

The CE 04 is expected to hit the showroom floors in a few weeks.

Featured image: BMW Motorrad; Specification tables built with data from the BMW Motorrad UK website