First-ever BMW CE 04 scooter set to electrify Australian market in 2022

The first-ever BMW CE 04, which had its world premiere yesterday, will arrive in Australia for local deliveries early next year. The new scooter represents the final series production iteration of both the BMW Motorrad Concept Link that was first showcased in 2017, and the near-series BMW Motorrad Definition CE 04 shown in 2020.

BMW Scooter CE 1

  • New production electric scooter showcases next generation BMW design, technology and connectivity
  • Powerful motor delivers 31kW (42hp) of output
  • 8.9kWh battery enables range of approximately 130 kilometres
  • Short charging times and charging technology based on the system adopted in BMW cars
  • Automatic Stability Control (ASC) and ABS Pro enhance traction
    and safety 
  • Future-oriented design and colour scheme
  • Priced from $20,350* with arrival in Q1, 2022 

The new BMW CE 04 opens up a new chapter in two-wheel urban mobility. 

With its advanced electric drive, forward-looking design and innovative connectivity solutions, the new scooter merges transport and communication functions for a new, progressive brand of mobility in urban environments.

“The BMW CE 04 is our new electric star for the city,” said Oliver Zipse, CEO of BMW AG. “It combines an e-drive with emotion and motorcycling fun. The latest technology, and the best battery cells, which also provide power in the BMW iX. Just like the CE 04, all future new BMW Motorrad models for urban mobility will be pure electric.”

Power and ample range for city and urban adventures

With an output of 31kW (42 hp), the new BMW CE 04 has a powerful motor and delivers outstanding riding pleasure. 

The classic traffic light start disciplines from 0 to 50 km/h takes just 2.7 seconds, while maximum speed is set at 120km/h, enabling rapid progress not just in the city but on main roads and the freeway.

The new BMW CE 04 has an ample battery cell capacity of 8.9kWh, providing a range of approximately 130 kilometres. This enables day-to-day emissions-free riding in the city, in an urban setting and for smaller-scale trips after work or during the weekend.

BMW Scooter CE 1

Innovative electric drive with liquid-cooled electric motor

The new BMW CE 04 has a permanent magnet electric motor with liquid cooling mounted in the frame between the battery and the rear wheel. 

BMW Motorrad conducted extensive riding tests to develop a specific type of recuperation for each riding mode, giving the rider a high level of convenience. 

This allows for optimum performance and riding characteristics for every road situation and personal preference.

Short charging times and charging systems based on BMW car technology

The air-cooled lithium-ion high voltage battery for the BMW CE 04 can be charged using the integrated charging device plugged into a regular household socket or via a wallbox or public charging station. 

When the battery is completely flat, charging time lasts four hours and 20 minutes when using the 2.3kWh 10A charger. With the 30A quick charger, which is available as an optional extra and has an output of up to 6.9kW, charging time is reduced to just one hour and 40 minutes when the battery is flat. 

If the battery level is only 20 per cent and the battery is charged to 80 per cent, charging time is just 45 minutes with the 30A quick charger.

Automatic Stability Control (ASC) enhances traction and safety  

Automatic Stability Control (ASC) is fitted as standard on the BMW CE 04.

The new system is comparable with the Automatic Stability Control (ASC) system already offered on BMW motorcycles with combustion engines and limits engine torque in relation to rear wheel slip to provide additional riding safety.

Multiple riding modes cater to all styles 

In developing the BMW CE 04, BMW Motorrad placed particular emphasis on providing opportunities for the rider to choose between maximum efficiency and maximum riding enjoyment. 

Accordingly, the new BMW CE 04 features three riding modes: ECO, Rain and Road as standard.

Directionally stable suspension with one-piece tubular steel main frame

The main frame of the BMW CE 04 features a strong tubular steel construction. 

The front wheel is controlled by a telescopic fork with a slider tube diameter of 35 mm, while rear wheel control consists of a single-sided swing arm. 

At the rear, suspension and damping are performed by a directly controlled, fully covered spring strut. The new BMW CE 04 is fitted with 120/70 R15 67H tyres at the front and 160/60 R15 56H at the rear.

Powerful braking system with latest-generation ABS Pro

At the front, a twin disc brake ensures secure deceleration supported by a single-disc system at the rear. 

Standard fit BMW Motorrad ABS Pro goes even further than standard ABS with integration of a banking sensor. This system additionally controls braking during bends to further increase safety and stability. 

BMW Scooter CE 1

10.25-inch TFT colour screen with integrated map navigation and advanced connectivity on offer

The new BMW CE 04 comes fitted as standard with a 10.25-inch TFT colour screen with integrated map navigation and connectivity. 

Its outstanding readability, clear menu navigation and integrated operating concept put the new BMW CE 04 at the forefront of the segment. 

For the first time, the new 10.25-inch colour screen makes it possible to display a navigation map in the instrument cluster, meaning an additional display is not required.

Convenience is enhanced via fitment of storage compartments at the front and side and the helmet compartment can be operated while seated. 

The BMW CE 04 also features a ventilated mobile phone charging compartment and USB-C charging port.

Powerful LED lighting units increase visibility in low light

The lighting units on the new BMW CE 04 are based on state-of-the-art LED technology and include a headlamp for high beam and low beam. 

In addition to a rear LED light, the BMW CE 04 also features LED turn indicators. 

Even greater safety at night is offered by the adaptive turning light, which is part of the Headlight Pro package. Both grade levels of the BMW CE 04 will be fitted with this package.  

Special light functions with “Welcome” and “Good Bye” messages will also be available.

Future-oriented design and colour scheme

The new BMW CE 04 embodies a new, forward-looking form of urban two-wheeled mobility in its design approach. 

The modern surface finish is in a striking Light White, complemented by matt black sections in the front and side areas as well as the ‘floating’ seat. 

In addition, there are trend-setting wheels (solid wheels) featuring a disc-wheel look and an integrated side stand. 

The new BMW CE 04 in the Avantgarde grade represents a striking statement of contemporary urban mobility with its Magellan Grey Metallic colour scheme. 

BMW Scooter CE 1

Local pricing and specification

The BMW CE 04 will be offered with a high level of standard specification and minimal options. 

All details are as follows: 

BMW CE 04: $20,350*

Standard specification: 

  • 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 

Options

  • Backrest Comfort Seat II: No cost option
    (note: recommended for riders above 190cm tall)
  • Windshield High: $140
  • Anti-theft alarm system: $375
  • 30A Quick Charger: $1,330

BMW CE 04 Avantgarde: $20,690*

Includes all standard specification from the CE 04 and adds the following: 

  • Windshield High 
  • Magellan Grey Metallic paint

Options

  • Backrest Comfort Seat II: No cost option
    (note: recommended for riders above 190cm tall)
  • Anti-theft alarm system: $375
  • 30A Quick Charger: $1,330

*Recommended Retail Pricing is shown and includes GST, but excludes on-road costs. Customers are advised to contact their nearest BMW Motorrad dealer for all pricing enquiries.

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Rob Fraser – General dogsbody & Director Rob is the founder of the business. He constantly mutters something about way too many red wines one evening being to blame. Often known for taking the 4WD in the driveway over the sports car, he has travelled pretty much everywhere in Australia and when he is bored goes for a drive. He first learned to drive on the farm in a left hand drive WW11 Jeep when he was 11, and was hooked on 4WDriving way back then. In addition to 4WD he is an avid motoring enthusiast and has maintained a strong interest in the industry ever since his teens. He has owned way too many cars in his time as well. Having previously lived at the top of corporate life he retired in 2000 and hasn’t put a suit and tie on since. Cars are his passion so why not have a business doing what you love he figures. He has towed either a caravan or camper trailer to most parts of Australia, has run guided tours for camper trailers’ and instructed drivers in off road towing.