“I am proud to say that BMW Motorrad is coming into top form – just in time for its 90th anniversary,” said BMW AG executive Peter Schwarzenbauer in a transcript of the Frankfurt Show presentation. “Although the relevant market volume has halved over the last five years, we remain on course for a new sales record. We sold nearly 84,000 motorcycles in the year to the end of August.”
Schwarzenbauer continued to herald BMW’s inroads into the Asian and South American markets. He then introduced the C evolution “a maxi-scooter from BMW Motorrad –
customized for emission-free driving in the city.”
The C evolution joins BMW’s C 600 Sport and C 650 GT models in the scooter lineup. BMW has long teased an electric scooter, with the C evolution the third of such models to unveiled at bike shows in recent years. The evolution debuted last August, with limited test rides offered during the London Olympics. At the time it was promised as “near production.”
Lithium-ion batteries powering the C evolution are sourced from BMW’s electric i3 and can be recharged from a conventional plug-in power outlet. Schwanrzenbauer confirms a range of up to 100 kilometers (62 miles) from the new electric scooter (read more on the BMW e scooter specs in the BMW C evolution First Look).
The Frankfurt presentation did not announce pricing, or whether the C evolution will make it to the US market like its internal combustion kin – which debuted as 2013 models (read more in the 2013 BMW C 600 Sport & C 650 GT First Rides).