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BMW announces C Evolution

BMW just put out a press packet on the BMW C Evolution. It includes a slew of pictures taken in Barcelona, a video, and a longish PDF. I'm still downloading stuff ...

Last week while at an electric vehicle conference, a BMW representative was on the stage talking about their EV plans. The i3 is being released in the U.S. now, the i8 will be released in a couple months, and there will be further BMW EV's ..

But he went on to say an intriguing thing. There are two companies that build both cars and motorcycles - BMW and Honda. For BMW he suggested to look for a whole range of electrified two wheelers over time.

In the PDF they mention this bike has a reverse mode - you tap a button, then the throttle can run in reverse at a low speed. Sounds like the Vectrix. However, the drive train is a belt drive, unlike the Vectrix.

Dynamic riding fun with zero emissions.
The arrival of the new C evolution marks the start of a new chapter in the urban mobility segment for BMW Motorrad. The two conventionally powered maxi scooter models – the C 600 Sport and C 650 GT – already succeed in combining the superb ride qualities of a motorcycle with the specific agility of a scooter and the design’s inherent comfort. The new electrically powered C evolution now goes even further by fusing riding fun and dynamism with the benefits of zero-emission performance to create a whole new experience on two wheels.

In keeping with the BMW Group’s sustainability strategy, BMW Motorrad is taking a fully committed approach to electric mobility. As with BMW i, development of the C evolution revolved around creating a visionary vehicle concept offering maximum everyday practicality and an inspirational design.

Powerful drive unit with liquid-cooled electric motor and air-cooled high-voltage battery. Range of 100 kilometres (62 miles) under practical conditions.
The C evolution is powered by a drivetrain swing arm with liquid-cooled permanent magnet synchronous motor via a toothed belt and ring gearing. The rated power output is 11 kW (15 hp), with a peak output of 35 kW (47 hp). This enables the C evolution to achieve a top speed of 120 km/h (75 mph, electronically limited) and gives it better acceleration than some maxi scooters powered by engines with displacements of 600 cc or more.

The generous 8 kWh capacity of the air-cooled lithium-ion high-voltage battery allows the two-wheeler to cover a range of up to 100 kilometres (62 miles) before it needs to be charged from any domestic mains supply. When plugged in to a standard 220V domestic socket with a 12A charge current, recharging fully from empty takes around 4 hours (with 220V / 16A = 3 h).

Intelligent recuperation and four ride modes ensure riding fun as well as efficiency.
BMW Motorrad has opted for a form of energy regeneration for the C evolution that has never been seen before on a single-track vehicle. Recuperation takes place automatically both when coasting with the throttle closed and when braking.

Riders of the C evolution can set their preferred mix of dynamic performance and efficiency by selecting from the four ride modes. In Road mode, for instance, they have at their disposal maximum acceleration, approximately 50 per cent energy regeneration when coasting and full regeneration when braking. In Eco Pro mode, meanwhile, acceleration and therefore energy consumption are restricted, 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 for an added touch of dynamism, Dynamic mode combines full accelerating power with a high degree of recuperation.

Supreme safety thanks to synergies with BMW Automobile.
As part of the BMW Group, BMW Motorrad was able to harness synergies with BMW Automobile during development of the C evolution. Besides adopting the same energy storage modules and electronic componentry used in the BMW i3, this was particularly beneficial for electrical safety, which is to passenger car standard. The C evolution is the first electrically powered two-wheeler to meet the ISO 26262 standard for functional safety and the ECE R100 standard governing high-voltage safety, both of which have been ratified by the leading carmakers.

As far as the chassis is concerned, the C evolution no longer has a main frame in the conventional sense. The central component here is the battery casing made from diecast aluminium, which has a steering head support made from steel tubing attached to it at the front and, at the rear, the single-sided swing arm as well as a rear frame, also made from steel tubing. The task of wheel suspension and damping is performed by an upside-down telehydraulic fork at the front and a spring strut mounted on the left at the rear. As on all vehicles from BMW Motorrad, the C evolution comes equipped with safety-boosting ABS together with powerful disc brakes as standard.

Torque Control Assist (TCA) for superior traction control.
The new C evolution is available with Torque Control Assist (TCA), which works in a similar way to the Automatic Stability Control feature on BMW motorcycles with combustion engines. TCA limits the motor’s torque depending on the slip at the rear wheel.

To ensure optimum controllability of the drive torque for the rider, the electric motor’s control electronics monitor the rear wheel speed and reduce the drive torque if a certain plausibility threshold is exceeded. TCA is a particularly useful aid for the rider when starting off and prevents uncontrolled spinning of the rear wheel on road surfaces with reduced grip (e.g. wet cobblestones).

The Torque Control Assist additionally serves to stop the rear wheel from skidding when a sharp rate of recuperation produces a correspondingly high level of drag torque, especially on slippery road surfaces.

Large TFT colour display and LED daytime running light.
A host of other features further underline the innovative character of the C evolution. It is equipped with a reversing aid, for instance, that enables easy manoeuvring at walking pace. There is also a first in the form of an LED daytime running light, which additionally dims to double as the sidelight. And for added comfort on cold days, there are heated handlebar grips.

A large TFT colour display in the instrument cluster offers a wealth of information. Apart from the current speed, the rider is also kept informed of data such as the average consumption in kWh/100 km, total power consumption, battery charge status in kWh, average speed, voltage of the on-board electrical system and the high-voltage system, as well as the remaining range in kilometres taking into account the selected ride mode. A bar graph furthermore indicates the current level of energy draw or regeneration.

Inspirational design.

Last but not least, the C evolution also charts new territory in terms of styling and colour scheme. Design-wise, the C evolution fits harmoniously into the BMW Motorrad family, while the colour combination of Light White non-metallic and Electric Green symbolises its ability to blend maximum eco-friendliness with superb dynamic performance.

The highlights at a glance:

  • Innovative electric drive system via drivetrain swing arm with liquid-cooled permanent magnet synchronous motor, toothed belt and ring gearing.
  • Rated power output 11 kW (homologated according to ECE R85) and 35 kW peak output.
  • Maximum torque 72 Nm (53 lb-ft).
  • Top speed 120 km/h (75 mph).
  • Acceleration 0 – 50 km/h (31 mph) in 2.7 s.
  • Acceleration 0 – 100 km/h (62 mph) in 6.2 s.
  • High range of 100 kilometres (62 miles) in practical operation.
  • 4 ride modes available to choose from: Road, Eco Pro, Sail and Dynamic.
  • Reversing aid for supremely easy manoeuvring.
  • Torque Control Assist (TCA).
  • High-voltage battery with high capacity of 8 kWh and innovative air cooling.
  • Intelligent recuperation when coasting and when braking.
  • Recharged from the domestic mains supply.
  • Takes just 4 h to charge to 100 % capacity at 220V / 12A (220V / 16A = 3 h).
  • Synergies with BMW Automobile harnessed during development.
  • Electrical safety to passenger car standards.
  • Hybrid chassis with agile handling due to low centre of gravity.
  • Powerful braking system with ABS.
  • Large TFT colour display.
  • LED daytime running light and sidelight.
  • Inspirational colour scheme and design.
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Looks expensive. I bet it will be a long time before they are available in the US.

BTW the Current scooters have reverse too.

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And if they follow the business model they are using for the i3, it will cost more than a new Nissan Leaf. BMW: nice toys for the rich. Of course, having experienced an "affordable" maxi-scooter for several years, I guess I'm just envious...

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This is a tank on two wheels (but weighing only a little more than it's already very heavy ICE sibling), engineered and built exceedingly well to electric vehicle safety standards that weren't even defined yet at the beginning of development, ABS-equipped and all.
But here in Germany at least it is way out on the limb pricewise, € 15 000 is what BMW Motorrad quote. About three times too much for my personal budget, so I will have to stay with the upper end of the Chinese products for the next couple of years...

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Once you go EV, Gas is history!

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Re: BMW announces C Evolution

No need couples of years,6pcs of 2nd generation PUMA with more powerful Motor/controller will be shipped to Austria next week !

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No need couples of years,6pcs of 2nd generation PUMA with more powerful Motor/controller will be shipped to Austria next week !

Well Mountain, but that is exactly what I was talking about:
"so I will have to stay with the upper end of the Chinese products for the next couple of years..."

Puma however is a little too big for my taste, so I am staying with the Thunder size, but it will become a "beast of a Thunder", I hope.
However, no true motorcycle ABS is in sight for your products, I assume? L3e vehicles are exempt from the upcoming Europewide rule of standard ABS on all motorcycles, but BMW is still putting it in their C-evolution. That is something you will most probably not be able to deliver... And I am not talking about the cheap surrogate "ABS" that simply limits maximum braking pressure on the front calipers, I mean a real ABS that will actually improve riding safety.

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No wonder it costs as much as it does - I doubt the makers of cheaper alternatives work the way these folks work. We probably will not see a similar video from the factory where M.Chen's bikes come from...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fCmBFTS9Kt4

Looks solidly built, though, and I like what I see in terms of options and function.

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Current Motor of Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA remains in business, and the US-domestic content of their scooters continues to increase - the frames and soon, the plastic body panels are US made, as is instrumentation, battery-and bike management controls.

That still leaves a lot of Chinese content. For small manufacturers, there simply is no other source for the lithium cells and hub motors. I assume they are still using Kelly Controllers although I suspect they are looking at Sevcon.

The biggest impediment for full-scale entry into the market is the cost of establishing a dealer and service parts infrastructure - and especially advertizing. So for now, they are hoping to build the business in the government/public sector - outside the US. They have or will soon close a deal with the Brazilian Post office and presumably police/security at the World Cup and Olympics is another opportunity.

Their prices remain up there ($10k to $11k) as far as I know - although their website has not been updated in a long time.

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