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BMW C Evolution Electric Scooter - Warm Welcome To My Family

4
July
2014
  Posted at 02:00:00 PM
  File under  BMW Electrical Personal
  Author: Mike Werner
  Location: Normandy, France

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I threatened already in my previous article (link Open link in a new window), when I reviewed the BMW Open link in a new window electric scooter, the C Evolution, that I was going to buy it. After the SNAFU with Zero France when I tried to buy their DS electric motorcycle, I was desperate to get an electric vehicle, since I had previously sold all my bikes to leave one long distance bike, the Honda Gold Wing, and something for local riding.

Well, after testing her, the vehicle I'll be using for local riding arrived.... (well, I had to get it)... and is now standing in the garage:


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The trip over from the dealer was interesting, since it would be the first ride, and immediately it would be reasonably long. Some 60 kilometers, while the BMW is reputed to have about a 100 km range.

I was riding reasonably fast, since they predicted a storm front coming in and I wanted to beat it. Legal road speeds are 90 kph, and I was going at one time at 130 kph (just to see the speed I could wring out, which was about 130).

I did change riding mode, Dynamic, Road and Eco Pro, but never Sail mode. Here is what the dashboard showed at arrival. Not bad considering I wasn't trying to save "fuel".

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#1 = Kms done #2= Battery remaining #3= Range left #4=Riding mode

It's funny that when you have an electric motorcycle/scooter, with no noise, and you reverse it (it can ride backwards, which is very handy) into the garage and switch it off, that you still hear "noise"... in this case the cooling fan.

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It's now plugged in to the normal mains, and according to the display, it will be fully charged within 3 hours. This is a standard outlet, I think it's a 16A one. So I guess if I put in a stronger one, that will even go faster.

The ride itself was very pleasant. Very fast acceleration, good enough top speed and pleasant to ride. The no noise is very nice, enjoying the country side in its fullest. The only downside was down under.... my bum started hurting after an hour since the saddle is made out of concrete.

I didn't buy the scoot, but leased it instead. BMW have a very interesting lease option, and with the enormous progress electric bikes are making, every year the speed, performance and especially range will increase dramatically. So in 3 years, I get a new bike.... BTW, this is my very first scooter (why do bikers not wave at scooters?? I always do).

I'll let you know in a few weeks what it is like for real. In the mean time, click here to read my wife's impression, both as pillion and as female biker Open link in a new window.





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