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Buy a used BMW C Evolution

BMW is halting the production of its famous electric scooter, the C Evolution, to make way for its successor with a futuristic design: the BMW CE 04. You will increasingly find used C Evolution models on the market. What are its specifications and how can you ensure you make the right choice? Moba tells you more.

Specifications of the BMW C Evolution

Two Versions

BMW offers its electric scooter in 2 versions:


  • Power is limited to 11 kW (15 horsepower)
  • Speed limited to 120 km/h
  • Can be driven with an A1 license
  • Average range of 100 km

Long Range

  • Power of 19 kW (26 hp)
  • Speed can reach up to 129 km/h
  • Requires a higher license: A2
  • Range of 160 km in urban areas

Battery and Range

The BMW C Evolution is equipped with a non-removable lithium-ion battery. It has an air cooling system with a fan. Since 2017, the cell capacity is 94 Ah, instead of 64 Ah, increasing its range from 100 to 160 kilometers on a single charge.

Average consumption is announced by the manufacturer at 9 kWh/100 km, and the battery warranty is 5 years or 50,000 km.

The C Evolution offers four driving modes, a reverse gear, and an energy recovery system linked to the engine brake and ABS braking. Recovery occurs automatically during deceleration and braking.

Regarding the driving modes:

  1. The “Road” mode offers maximum acceleration, about 50% recovery during deceleration, and maximum recovery during braking.
  2. In “Eco Pro” mode, acceleration and thus energy usage are limited, allowing for maximum recovery.
  3. In “Sail” mode, energy recovery is not activated during deceleration, and the C Evolution continues to freewheel.
  4. Full acceleration is associated with intense energy recovery in “Dynamic” mode.

Charging the BMW C Evolution 

 Equipped with a Type 2 connector, the BMW C Evolution can be charged:

  • At home via a standard domestic socket or a Wallbox
  • At public charging stations

The scooter supports a charge up to 16A. It reaches 80% charge in 2h10 for the standard version and in 3h00 for the Long Range version. For a full charge, from 0 to 100%, it takes 3h and 4h10 respectively for each version. These charging times depend on the power source or the presence of a Wallbox.

Commercialization and Price of a New BMW C Evolution

Marketed since 2014, BMW stopped the production of the C Evolution electric scooter in 2020. The price of the latest new model starts at €15,700 for the standard version. For the Long Range version, the price rises to €16,100. These prices do not take into account government incentives.

Our Advice for Buying a Used BMW C Evolution

Below is a list of elements to check before purchasing any electric vehicle:

  • Verify the general condition of the scooter: the body, the top case, the leg shield…
  • Check the tire wear
  • Test the brakes and suspensions to get an idea of their condition
  • The battery is a crucial component for any electric vehicle. MOBA offers a service to test the health of electric vehicle batteries. This service does not yet apply to two-wheelers, but our research team is working on it. In the meantime, you can check the mileage on the C Evolution you’re interested in as an indicator of battery condition. As you know, lithium-ion batteries age over time and their range decreases. The battery’s lifespan depends on usage frequency, charging habits, and the current owner’s driving style. You can also inquire about the previous owner’s charging habits, driving style, and the type of trips taken (urban, suburban, traffic jams).
  • Ask if the used electric scooter is still under warranty
  • Check the scooter’s maintenance book

All these tips will help you make a more confident purchase!

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