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BMW Motorrad Unveils Electric CE02 Commuter

Two years after debuting the fully electric CE04 scooter, BMW is set to release its next fully electric urban commuter in the form of the CE02.

Launching in Europe with two main specs, the full-power 11kW model and a lower-power 4kW for moped and restricted class riders, the CE02 is BMW’s attempt at bringing electric mobility to a younger audience.

“With the CE 02, we are striving for something new at BMW Motorrad and want to be pioneers once again, explains Edgar Heinrich, Head of BMW Motorrad Design. “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."

The CE 02 comes with the "Flow" and "Surf" riding modes as standard. "Flow" offers the optimal set-up for cruising along in urban traffic, while "Surf" provides a dynamic riding experience beyond the bustling city traffic. There is also a sport "Flash" driving mode that’s available as a part of the HIGHLINE optional equipment pack and as an original BMW Motorrad accessory.

The top speed for the full-power variant is a claimed 95kph, while the expected range is listed as 90km. Acceleration to 50kph is brisk, listed as 3 seconds by BMW for the 11kW bike. Charging time for the 11kW variant comes in at 312 minutes from dead flat on a standard 0.9kW wall charger, while the optional fast charger drops this down to 210 minutes. The less powerful 4kW version charges in 182 minutes from dead flat.

BMW says that thanks to its low weight of only 132 kg (11 kW version) or 119 kg (4 kW version) and the low seat height of only 750 mm, the new CE 02 is also characterised by its playful handling characteristics. That low seat height and relatively low weight, however, should help ensure the bike is approachable. BMW also purports the CE02 to be pillion friendly.

Tech-wise, the CE02 features a 3.5” micro-TFT display, USB charging port, phone connectivity and stylish LED lighting. In the HIGHLINE variant, the cradle mode allows the BMW Motorrad app in the smartphone (held in a smartphone holder) to be controlled safely as an additional display using the keypad on the handlebar.

With its minimalistic moped-inspired styling to its built-in tech, the CE02 certainly looks appealing. Pricing will determine whether the goal of attracting younger buyers to the brand is achievable.

No word yet on when the CE02 is set to launch, but its bigger brother, the CE04 is finally heading our way with pricing set at $28,490 plus on roads.


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