The BMW company has officially presented its latest electric motorcycle CE 02. This is reported by electrek.
“It’s electric, designed to appeal to young people and it’s neither an e-motorbike nor an e-scooter. It’s an eParkourer, created for the urban environment.” the company says about its development.
While there’s no clear line where scooters end and motorcycles begin, the CE 02 probably falls right into that gray area. Its top speed is 59 mph (95 km/h) and the price is $7,599. This is BMW’s cheapest electric motorcycle to date.
It is at a disadvantage against electric scooters with similar features and larger batteries at lower prices. But drivers also get the support of BMW Motorrad.
BMW Motorrad head of design Edgar Heinrich explained that the 291-pound (132-kilogram) CE 02 is designed primarily as an urban play bike.
“With the CE 02, we are striving for something new at BMW Motorrad and want to be pioneers once again. Thanks to its unusual proportions and striking graphics, the new CE 02 is an uncomplicated, youthful form of single-track mobility. The reduced design language stands for lightness and fun. The focus is not on utility, but on emotional appeal, riding pleasure and uncomplicated, almost intuitive use,” he noted.
With two batteries with a capacity of just under 2 kWh and a total output of 3.92 kWh, the bike has a maximum range of 56 miles (90 km). But the electric motor has a peak power of 11kW, so the real-world range is likely to be significantly less than 56 miles if driven at higher speeds or using the higher power drive mode.
Recharging from zero will take about 5 hours with a 0.9 kW charger or about 3.5 hours with a 1.5 kW charger. BMW claims a 20-80% charge time of 2.8 hours and 2.3 hours, respectively.
The newly introduced BMW ConnectedRide smart glasses will also be compatible with the bike, allowing riders to see real-time data displayed in front of their eyes on the main display.