Recently BikeBrewers were invited to a BMW Motorrad ‘Closed Room’ event. We always like secretive stuff, especially when it is organized by innovative companies from Bavaria. YEAH! After being frisked thoroughly and under the deepest secret circumstances we were led into a completely sealed off room. The only thing absent was a drumroll when a completely new electric vehicle was unveiled in front of our eyes.
The BMW Definition CE 04 is the German brand’s unique vision on Urban Mobility
It is completely electric obviously and it is fitted out with a permanent-magnet synchronous motor with liquid cooling. The CE 04 comes with a constant power up to 15kW, whereas the maximum power releases 31kW.
- Available torque is 62Nm
- Top speed 120km/h
With pure urban usage in mind, BMW claims a range of around 130km. Not very impressive, but we guess for rides around town that should be sufficient. We will see when the time comes if this is really the case.
BMW are known for their meticulous design. The bench is one of many examples of the excellent ergonomics of the CE 04. It allows riders to climb on easily from the rear and improves ergonomics for single riders, regardless of their leg length or body size. With a wheel base of 1.675mm there should be ample room to fit the long legs of the average modern man or woman.
When it comes to digital aspects, the focus is once again on practical and user-friendly solutions for the BMW Motorrad Definition CE 04. For example, the rider can connect with their surroundings via a combination of the BMW Motorrad Definition CE 04 and their smartphone. The 10.25-inch display is the largest of its kind so far in the scooter segment and serves as an interface between the rider’s analogue and digital worlds.
It goes without saying that there was no opportunity to ride the machine yet, but we are very curious to find out how noble it really is with a long wheel base like this under urban rush hour traffic circumstances.
We are even more interested in your thoughts on the design and perhaps how you would customize this scooter. We appreciate the daring design from an innovation point of view, but we are sure there will be many people who look at this from a different perspective.
During the presentation we felt like we were given a glimpse of how commuters could be zooming around town in the future. How near that future will be is still left to be seen.
Photo Credits: BMW Motorrad