BMW CE 04 electric scooter review

BMW CE 04 electric scooter review

Time to hit the streets of Barcelona 

That TFT dash shows you’re ‘ready’, so you simply twist the throttle and go – just like a conventional modern scooter, but in blissful silence. Torque and acceleration are instant (peak torque is at just 1500rpm), and you drive seamlessly away. As well as the three riding modes, our test scoot also had the optional Dynamic mode fitted.

Each mode has a different throttle response and engine brake strategy, which regenerates energy back to the battery. Eco, for example, is very soft, with maximum battery recuperation and strong engine braking, while Road delivers full acceleration and dramatically reduced engine braking and regeneration.

Move Electric verdict: four stars out of five

​Dynamic mode gives enough oomph to embarrass most motorists from the lights, the traction control activating from time to time over slippery white lines and cats-eyes. In the UK’s cold and wet riding conditions, the traction control will have to work harder than Boris Johnson’s party planner.

Acceleration from a standstill is brisk, to say the least, and out of town the CE 04 is happy to whizz up to an indicated 60mph without hesitation. This is a surprisingly quick commuter, it’s effortless and easy, so you’ll need to keep an eye out for city speed cameras that could easily catch you out. The downside is that the using the CE 04’s rapid acceleration and natural pace through town will reduce the claimed 80-mile range. That said, after 40 miles of fun riding, the display on our test machine still showed a range of 37 miles remaining.