CE 04 BMW – BMW Electric Motorbike Review. Technology as well as know-how have been got to share across BMW platforms, with the CE 04 employing modified, smaller versions of iX range car battery cells to ensure reliability and safety. The power capacity is 42hp at 4900rpm, the top speed is claimed to be 120kph/75mph, and the acceleration time is an impressive 2.6 seconds from 0 to 50kph (31mph).
Weight is significantly reduced when compared to the C-Evolution, charging times are reduced, and the claimed range is 130km for the A2-compliant model and 100km for the A1, 125cc equivalent.
BMW Electric Motorbike Review
How much does the 2022 BMW CE 04 cost? From £11,700
The normal full A2 BMW CE 04 costs £11,700, but our test bike came with a few extras that increased the price significantly to £13,930. The fast charger (£850), Dynamic Package (£380), City Pack (£780), and Avant-Garde styling (£220) were all included.
Torque and power
BMW Electric Motorbike Review: BMW used four-wheel division technology and know-how, which included the same lithium-ion battery module discovered in the BMW iX and i4. In A2 format, this implies the CE 04 seems to have a maximum output power of 42hp (31KW).
The A1, as well as A2 versions, have the same asserted top speed of 120kph, but the acceleration is vastly different. Our test vehicle was the full-power 42hp model, which achieved 0-50kph) in 2.6 secs and 0-60kph in 9.1 secs. This is a fast scooter.
Engine, transmission, and exhaust
BMW Electric Motorbike Review: In 2012, one of the first electric bikes I rode was a pre-production C-Evolution. The silence as well as the unfamiliar senses of riding an electric motorcycle took some getting used to back then, as they do now.
Press the keyless ignition, then the starter button whilst also holding a brake lever, and you’re ready to go. You can’t move forward with the side stand down because it behaves like a handbrake or kills switch. When the massive 10.25-inch TFT dash indicates that you’re ready, simply twist the throttle and go.
Yes, traditional petrol scooters are similar, but with no engine noise and build-up of revs, the first few meters are like learning to walk for the first time, as the original turn of the throttle and acceleration catch you off guard. However, after a few feet, it becomes second nature, especially since the throttle correlation on the new CE 04 is excellent.
The CE 04 comes standard with three riding modes: Eco, Rain, and Road, each with its own cruise control response as well as engine braking (re-gen), and our test bike also had the extra Dynamic mode. In addition, the Dynamic mode modifies the standard stability control and ABS to be lean-sensitive.
To add to the oddness, CE 04 has a reverse drive that is activated by a button on the left bar. Then, merely twist the throttle as well as the CE 04 moves backward slowly, keeping both feet on the floor for stability.
Handling, and weight
BMW Electric Motorbike Review: Weight has been reduced in comparison to the C-Evolution, which weighed in at 275kg, with the CE 04 weighing in at a more respectable 231kg. Despite this significant weight loss, it is 25kg heavier than BMW’s own C 400 X. (206kg). As a result, the reverse gear is extremely useful. Many of those kilos, however, have been cleverly placed low in the frame, with the dense as well as bulky battery cells conducted horizontally on a platform beneath your feet.
This implies the CE 04 has a low center of gravity and does not feel heavy when moving. The low, 780mm seat height and the bodywork’s narrow proportions amplify this sense of lightness. The BMW is much narrower than the conventional, gasoline-powered competition, particularly towards the rear.
To control the weight and power, a single straight-mounted shock with spring pre-load adjustment as well as 35mm Showa forks are used.
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Economy and comfort
The flat seat may appear to be as relaxed as a skateboard, but it is far more open and accepting than it appears, and BMW provides 6 different seat options. All-day comfort isn’t high on the priority list for a city scooter, and with a range of 130km (80 miles), you’re most likely to spend more than a few hours in the saddle. I rode just under 70 kilometers on BMW’s test route, mostly in short bursts, and riders of all shapes and sizes discovered the riding position spaciously and comfortably.
Two four-piston calipers grab two 265mm discs, with only one 265 disc on the rear, to stop the 231kg e-scoot. And the front brake is on the right ‘bar, and the back brake is on the left ‘bar. They do an acceptable job of hauling up the CE 04, aided by all of the engine braking, which is extremely powerful in Eco mode. The brakes are not connected, and ABS is standard. If you want ABS Pro, you’ll have to pay an extra £380 for the Dynamic package.
The bottom line
BMW Electric Motorbike Review: The CE 04 is hugely impressive, both as a styling exercise and as a usable, rideable motorcycle. If money was no object, I’d take the CE 04 over its petrol equivalent every time. Aside from its battery range, there are no disadvantages over normal combustion-engine scoots, and I believe a 130km (80-mile) range is large enough for this type of bike. It’s easier to ride, silent, quick, and incredibly stylish – a brilliant example of clever engineering and design.
But you can’t hide the price, which is around double the petrol equivalent. £11,700 for the base model is expensive, and to get the best out of the CE 04 you really need the fast charger (£850) and the Dynamic pack too (£380).
If you desire quality, the latest technology, and style, and money isn’t an issue, I’d strongly recommend the CE 04. After a 25percentage deposit, the monthly payment of £137.94 on PCP is very appealing. Despite its ultra-low operating costs, it may be too expensive for many.