BMW Motorrad showcases CE 04 electric scooter in India

Zero-emission BMW on two wheels has a claimed range of 130km from its 8.9kWh lithium-ion battery; three riding modes, traction control, dual-channel ABS.

Autocar Pro News Desk By Autocar Pro News Desk calendar 11 Dec 2022 Views icon7074 Views Share - Share to Facebook Share to Twitter Share to LinkedIn Share to Whatsapp

Sixteen months after it had the global reveal of the production version of its urban-focused electric scooter, BMW Motorrad has showcased the CE 04 in India. The presentation took place alongside the launch of the MY2023 S 1000 on December 10. The futuristic looking e-scooter has an 8.9kWh lithium-ion battery which helps deliver a riding range of 130km on a single charge. 

The CE 04 has a compact front apron, large side panels and a lean tail section with a bench-like seat. BMW has also incorporated storage compartments in the CE 04 e-scooter that are located on the sides as well as the front. There’s a ventilated mobile charging compartment as well with a Type-C USB charging port.

The BMW CE 04 employs a permanent magnet motor that's mounted in the steel frame between the battery and rear wheel. It has a rated output of 15kW (20hp) and a maximum output of 31KW or 42hp. It enables the CE 04 to accelerate from 0-50kph in a claimed 2.6sec and on to a claimed top speed of 120kph.

Inside the floorboard of the CE 04 lies the 8.9kWh lithium-ion battery that powers the motor. BMW claims the scooter can cover 130km on a full charge. The battery can be charged from 0 percent to 100 percent in 4 hours and 20 minutes using a 2.3kW charger. A 6.9kW fast charger, however, brings that time down to an hour and 40 minutes.

BMW’s CE 04 features a traction control system and three standard riding modes – Eco, Road and Rain. The ride modes can be accessed via the massive 10.25-inch, high-resolution TFT display that features full smartphone connectivity. The dash also offers a split function between navigation and other riding functions.


The CE 04 employs a tubular steel frame with a 35mm telescopic fork at the front and a preload adjustable monoshock that’s attached to a single-sided swingarm. The scooter rides on 15-inch wheels shod with a 120-section tyre at the front and a 160-section tyre at the back.

Braking duties are taken care of by twin 265mm discs and a single disc at the rear. While ABS is standard, BMW is offering ABS Pro as an option which comes with a cornering function.

Internationally, BMW offers the CE 04 electric scooter in two colour options. The standard one comes in light white with matt black sections, while the Avant Garde Style trim gets a Magellan Grey metallic colour, with black/orange seat and an orange wind deflector. 

BMW is yet to announce plans for the CE 04 electric scooter in India, but given the success of the C 400 GT maxi-scooter, the company may very well bring it here. As for pricing, the CE 04 costs roughly double the C 400 GT in international markets. And if that trend continues, the price tag it carries won’t be too far off that of an R 1250 GS in India. 

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