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BMW's plans for electric mobility

The CE 04, the first electric maxiscooter from BMW
The CE 04, the first electric maxiscooter from BMW

What are BMW's plans for electric mobility? In this series of articles, we have collected the motorcycles and projects on which the main motorcycle manufacturers are working and their programs until 2030.

BMW's plans for electric mobility - It's official, the electric motorcycle revolution is coming, albeit quietly, and all the major motorcycle manufacturers have an electric mobility plan. The phenomenon has started for a while, but in 2022 the whole market is taking hold more decisively. At the moment the sales are driven by scooters and motorcycles equivalent to 125cc and 50cc with thermal engines, but in the coming years also the sales of electric motorcycles will be increasing.
Convincing motorcyclists that zero-emission riding can offer the same thrills as current combustion engine bikes is no easy task. At the moment, two-wheeled vehicles with electric propulsion will represent around 4% of the European market in 2022, much less than in the automotive sector. However, this share has more than doubled compared to 2021, thanks to new models with performance similar to those with traditional propulsion, and to the eco-incentives present in some European countries.
This is a figure that will continue to grow as public perception - and laws - continue to move towards a greener future, with the next two years seeing some major motorcycle manufacturers enter the electric mobility market; let's see which ones.

The CE 04, the first electric maxiscooter from BMW
The CE 04, the first electric maxiscooter from BMW

The future electric motorcycles of the world's leading manufacturers: BMW

BMW was one of the first major manufacturers to explore the electric future with concepts such as the 100 BMW NEXT2016 Vision. For now, BMW has focused on the entry-level segment of the market with the BMW CE 04 scooter, the first chapter in what BMW defines its "electromobility strategy". The CE 04 is equipped with a permanent magnet electric motor mounted in the frame between the battery and the rear wheel. The maximum power is 31kW at 4900rpm (23 kW in the version with reduced power) which allows it to reach the declared maximum speed of 120km / h and represents a real competition to maxi-scooters with combustion engine.
BMW's next project will be the CE 02, an urban mobility solution with a philosophy similar to that of the Honda Grom, while it recently announced its intention to develop a range of electric models with Indian company TVS Motors, which collaborated in the construction of the BMW G 310.

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