After introducing the refreshed K1600B bagger-styled touring bike initially, BMW Motorrad Malaysia continues its 2023 campaign by expanding its local line-up with its first all-electric offering called the CE 04. This electrified maxi-scooter sees BMW Motorrad enter the electric age in a high-tech and highly stylish manner.
The stance it possesses is best described as low and stretched out. It comes dressed with minimalistic panels finished in a ‘calm’ Light White hue, which is contrasted by matt black sections in the front and sides. Another striking feature here is the “floating” seat design that’s finished in matt black. Adding to the stance are the wheels and tyres, the former measuring 15 inches in diameter for both the front and rear whilst wrapped in 120/70 R15 and 160/60 R15 tyres respectively.
The styling bodes well with the BME CE 04’s overall size and bulk. This is a rather sizable maxi-scooter thanks to its 2,285 MM total length with a 1,675 MM wheelbase, its 855 MM width, and its 1,150 MM height with a 780 MM seat height. As for weight, the CE 04 is rather hefty as it tips the scales at 231 KG dry.
Underneath, the BMW CE 04 underpins a tubular steel, double-cradle frame chassis that houses an 8.9 kWh lithium-ion battery pack and electric motor. The latter is rated at 41 HP (31 kW) and a rather meaty 62 NM of twist, thus putting it on par with most 500-650cc combustion-powered maxi-scooters as far as size and performance go.
The motor itself is a liquid-cooled permanent magnet synchronous type with surface magnets. It drives the rear wheel that’s mounted on a single-sided swingarm assembly, via a twist-and-go automatic belt drive. The powertrain also comes with an automatic energy recuperation system that activates either during coasting or braking. In terms of performance, BMW Motorrad claims rapid speed as the CE 04 can deliver stop-and-go acceleration from 0 to 50 km/h in just 2.6 seconds. Top speed, on the other hand, is limited to just 120 KM/H, likely a programming intended to preserve battery life. Apart from that, there are four selectable ride modes present too – ECO, Rain, Road and Dynamic.
As for range, a full charge should grant up to 130 KM of travel. Full recharges from 0% using the standard wall socket outputting 2.3 kW will require 4 hours and 20 minutes, or just 1 hour and 40 minutes using a dedicated wallbox charger outputting 6.9 kW instead.
Like its combustion-powered stablemates, the CE 04 is laced with plenty of top-shelf chassis hardware. Highlights include 35 MM telescopic front forks (non-adjustable) plus a pre-load adjustable rear shock offering up to 3.6-inches of travel.
Anchors, on the other hand, come in the form of twin 265 MM disc brakes up front grabbed by quad-piston callipers plus a single 265 MM rear disc brake grabbed by a single-piston calliper, all tied together with an ABS module.
Other standard-equipped features present include a 10.25-inch TFT colour display with integrated navigation feature plus other connectivity-driven functions via the BMW Motorrad Connected App, USB port, storage bin with USB chargers, 12-volt socket, lighted helmet storage bin, lighted flex case, keyless ignition, as well as a reversing aid.
Open for orders through authorised dealers now, the BMW CE 04 will be available beginning March this year. Price, on the other hand, isn’t finalised at the time of writing, but BMW Motorrad Malaysia has set an estimated figure of RM60,000. Keen on BMW Motorrad’s take on premium electrified urban mobility? We definitely are…