Pinoys have yet to warm up to electric vehicles, but in Europe, they're beginning to take off.
Back in July, BMW Motorrad unveiled its futuristic electric scooter, the CE 04. The CE 04 is powered by a liquid-cooled electric motor which they claim can churn out up to 44 Ps of power. It gets power from its 8.6 kWh battery cell, giving it a range of 130 kilometers.
Based on insights learned from their electric cars, BMW was able to reduce the charging time of the CE 04 to just a little over 4 hours. It also has a quick charge feature that's as short as just 1 hour and 40 minutes.
Designed to be a multi-purpose vehicle, BMW decided to show what it's capable of by creating a polcie cruiser version.
CE 04 Police
The Royal Netherlands Police is one of the first authorities to take notice and has already commissioned a few units. This shouldn't come as a surprise as The Netherlands is known for its population's extensive use of bicycles (even banning motor vehicles in parts of the capital), preference for renewable energy, and reputation for growing the world's most beautiful flowers.
The new CE 04 Police is now being showcased in 2021 Milipol in Paris. It was presented alongside BMW's other police patrol units: the R 1250 RT, F 750 GS, F 850 GS, and the latest F 900 XR Police. They served as a showcase of BMW's extensive range designed for authorities and emergency services.
BMW hopes the new CE 04 will play a role as a dynamic, environmentally-friendly electric scooter. The new CE 04 is a forward-looking component of BMW's sustainability strategy, in which riding pleasure goes far beyond simply getting from A to B. Over the past years and decades, significant standards have already been set in the BMW vehicle eco-balance - starting with the resources used, through energy consumption, to the share of recycled components. Besides these, it also offers a concept tailored to special authorities requirements by offering flexible options and a high level of operational expertise in urban and metropolitan areas.
The BMW CE 04 features a powerful motor able to meet the prerequisites for police work in the city and urban areas. The top speed is 120 km/h, enabling fast riding not only in the city but also on motorways and motorway sections. The new BMW CE 04 also has an ample battery cell capacity and usable range, ensuring everyday reliable and emission-free riding in the city as well as in urban environments.
The Royal Netherlands Police is already placing its bets on electric motorcycles. Perhaps other countries and cities will follow soon too.