BMW has just unveiled its second all-electric motorcycle, the CE 02. Only, it’s not a motorcycle, at least according to the Bavarian company: it’s an ‘eParkourer’. Ahem.
Anyway, BMW says this two-wheeled vehicle is designed to ‘appeal to young people’, with a ‘reduced design language’ that is meant for easier customization, though it will offer an optional HIGHLINE design package that adds gold-anodized forks and a ‘Petrol’ contrasting colour.
Weighing just 132 kg, the CE 02 is powered by a 15 hp motor that also delivers 40.6 lb-ft. of torque and a top speed of 95 km/h. Energy comes from two 48v, 1.96 kWh lithium-ion batteries that are removable. In keeping with the ‘youth’ theme, the bike – sorry, eParkourer – comes with two standard ride modes: ‘Flow’ and ‘Surf’, with Flow being the typical cruise mode and Surf offering up a more dynamic acceleration response and maximum coasting. The HIGHLINE also offers a ‘Flash’ setting for even more dynamic riding.
The CE 02 comes standard with a 0.9 kW external charger, which gets it charged from 10 per cent to 80 per cent in 170 minutes. An optional 1.5 kW charger will get the job done in 140 minutes. Range is estimated at 90 km with the World Motorcycle Test Cycle standards; an NRCan-standards range has yet to be determined.
A lower seat height of 750 mm and relatively fat 120/80-14 and 150/70-14 tires means the CE 02 offers accessibility for smaller riders over rougher terrain, though this is definitely meant as an urban rider. A TFT screen displays all the pertinent information, though of course you can get the info on your smartphone with the BMW Motorrad Connected app.
The 2024 BMW CE 02 will start at $10,095.