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BMW Australia electrifies scooters

BMW Motorrad Australia has finally decided to import electric scooters, starting next year from $20,350.

The company launched its C evolution scooters in 2013, but the Australian branch of the Bavarian company decided the time was not yet right to go electric.

Now they have decided to import two models of the newly unveiled CE 04 scooters based on the 2017 Concept Link.

BMW Concept Link electric scooter

The standard CE 04 will start at $20,350 plus on-road costs and the CE 04 Avantgarde from $20,690 adds high windscreen and comes in “Magellan Grey” metallic paint.

They come standard with automatic stability control, ABS pro enhance traction and safety technology and three riding modes: ECO, Rain and Road.

Both are powered by a 31kW (42hp), liquid-cooled permanent magnet electric motor and a 8.9kWh battery with 130km of city range, 0-50km/h in 2.7 seconds and a top seed of 120km/h.

BMW says the battery will charge in four hours and 20 minutes from flat when using the 2.3kWh 10A charger.2022 BMW CE 04 scooter

The air-cooled lithium-ion high voltage battery can be charged using the integrated charging device plugged into a regular household socket or via a wallbox or public charging station. 

It’s the same charging technology as used in their cars.

If you buy the optional $1330 30A quick charger, charging time is 100 minutes from flat or 45 minutes from 20-80%.

The chassis consists of a tubular steel main frame, 35mm telescopic forks and a single-sided swing arm with a directly controlled, fully covered spring strut. 

They are shod with 120/70 R15 67H tyres at the front and 160/60 R15 56H at the rear.

Brakes consists of twin discs up front and BMW Motorrad ABS Pro  which has a banking sensor for more control in corners.

Technology abounds with integrated satnav and connectivity in the 10.25-inch TFT colour screen and a ventilated mobile phone charging compartment and USB-C charging port.

There are storage compartments at the front and side and the helmet compartment can be operated while seated. 

All lighting is LED and the headlights have an adaptive turning light to illuminate the inside of a corner at night.

2022 BMW CE 04 scooter

BMW CE 04 $20,350: 

  • Liquid-cooled permanent magnet electric motor
  • 130kW (42hp) output
  • 62Nm torque
  • 8.9kWh air-cooled lithium-ion high voltage battery
  • 2.3kWh charger
  • Tooth-belt driven gearbox (total gear ratio: 10.5)
  • Dynamic Package (Headlight Pro, Adaptive Headlight, Daytime Riding Light, Riding Modes Pro, ABS Pro)
  • Comfort Package (Heated Grips and Backrest Comfort Seat)
  • Seat Heating
  • Tyre Pressure Control 
  • Centre Stand 
  • LED indicators
  • LED headlight and taillight 
  • 10.25-inch TFT display
  • Ventilated mobile phone charging compartment
  • USB-C charging port
  • Front and side storage compartments
  • Light White paint 


  • Backrest Comfort Seat II no-cost option (recommended for riders above 190cm)
  • Windshield High $140
  • Anti-theft alarm system $375
  • 30A Quick Charger $1330

BMW CE 04 Avantgarde $20,690: 

  • Windshield High standard
  • Magellan Grey Metallic paint


  • Backrest Comfort Seat II no-cost option (recommended for riders above 190cm)
  • Anti-theft alarm system $375
  • 30A Quick Charger $1330

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