The news marks an important moment for electric two-wheelers, with BMW Motorrad being one of the few major motorcycle OEMs to offer an electric vehicle to consumers in the United States.
The news is good timing too, because BMW Motorrad just announced an update for the BMW C Evolution scooter, with a long-range version (100 miles on a charge) model being offered alongside the standard model, which still has a 60-mile range.
The United States will only get the “Long Range” version of the BMW C Evolution, which makes sense because of how the USA’s infrastructure differs from the European countries, where the scooter first debuted.
American riders will enjoy the new BMW C Evolution’s upgraded drivetrain, which gets a 25hp rating (continuous), up from 15hp. The peak horsepower figure remains at 48hp, however.
The top speed is just shy of 75 mph now, which should make freeway commutes in the United States easy enough, though those speeds will surely drain the battery much quicker.
BMW says that it has increased the range on the BMW C Evolution by using the new battery cells that our found on the BMW i3 electric car.
This bumps the battery cells from 60 Ah to 96 Ah, which by our math should mean that the 8 kWh battery pack should grow to be close to 12.8 kWh on the long range version of the BMW C Evolution.
In addition to the United States, the new long range BMW C Evolution will be available now in Japan, South Korea, and Russia, while the short-range “A2” model and the long-range “A1” model will be available in Germany, France, Italy, Spain, United Kingdom, Switzerland, Austria, The Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg, Portugal, Ireland, and China.