What's Beneath That Funky Bodywork?Powered by three lithium ion battery modules plucked from BMW's i3 city car concept (each of which incorporates 12 cells), the c Evolution produces the equivalent of 14.75 hp continuously, or a peak of 46.93 horsepower from the swingarm-mounted motor. Interestingly, the die-cast aluminum battery housing acts as a load bearing chassis element, helping keep the bike's center of gravity low while also offering protection for the batteries in the event of a crash. A continuously variable transmission directs power to the rear wheel via a belt drive, because the engine's quiet operation highlighted the noise created by a traditional chain.
How About Top Speed and Range?The c Evolution's top speed is electronically limited to 75 mph, and a full charge is possible in 3 hours when using a 220 volt, 16 amp hookup. Based on average riding patterns, this electric scooter is estimated to have a cruising range of 62 miles.
What's it like to ride the c Evolution through the streets of London? Click "Next" to find out.