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    First US Review of the new C-Evolution Electric Maxi-Scooter!

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    Motorcycle Consumer News received the very first C-Evolution for press review in the entire country, and I just wrapped up my 3 week review period with it. What's it like to ride electric? What about range? How long does it take to charge? What if it runs out of juice? Everything you ever wanted to know about the C-Evo is in this video, the US press' very first in-depth review on this important new model from BMW. Tune in for the nitty gritty!

    -MKL

    Moshe K. Levy
    Moto Mouth Moshe https://www.youtube.com/c/motomouthmoshe
    1973 BMW R75/5 / 1987 Yamaha YSR50 / 2013 Moto Guzzi V7 Racer / 2015 BMW R1200RT

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    That was a good, very comprehensive review - thanks!

    While an all-electric motorcycle does not fit my needs at the moment, I am not a Luddite like many around here. I do not fear electric vehicles. My car is a plug-in hybrid. I love tooling around town in EV (electric vehicle) mode. As you mentioned, the only sound is a muted whine. And there is nothing smoother than an electric motor. I have also noticed that in EV mode, the car is "peppier" than in HV (hybrid vehicle mode) when the conventional motor is running.The range is around 40 miles, which works out very well, and is better than the claimed 25 mile range. Charge time is five and a half hours, but only if the electric range (the "plug-in partition") is fully used up.

    In the last nine days, I drove over to the gas station in EV mode, filled up, and have not used a drop of gas since, despite having the car out every day to run errands and other nearby trips.

    The benefit of a plug-in hybrid is of course the fact that there are no range issues - when the electric range runs out, the conventional motor is there, and being a hybrid, it will continue to switch that motor off at every opportunity and will regenerate charge. A trick I have learned is to save some electric range in the plug-in partition by choosing HV mode, so that that partition will re-charge while going downhill or slowing to exit an Interstate.
    My fleet: 2015 R1200GS, 2017 Toyota Prius Prime (plug-in hybrid)

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    Quote Originally Posted by AKsuited View Post
    That was a good, very comprehensive review - thanks!

    While an all-electric motorcycle does not fit my needs at the moment, I am not a Luddite like many around here. I do not fear electric vehicles. My car is a plug-in hybrid. I love tooling around town in EV (electric vehicle) mode. As you mentioned, the only sound is a muted whine. And there is nothing smoother than an electric motor. I have also noticed that in EV mode, the car is "peppier" than in HV (hybrid vehicle mode) when the conventional motor is running.The range is around 40 miles, which works out very well, and is better than the claimed 25 mile range. Charge time is five and a half hours, but only if the electric range (the "plug-in partition") is fully used up.

    In the last nine days, I drove over to the gas station in EV mode, filled up, and have not used a drop of gas since, despite having the car out every day to run errands and other nearby trips.

    The benefit of a plug-in hybrid is of course the fact that there are no range issues - when the electric range runs out, the conventional motor is there, and being a hybrid, it will continue to switch that motor off at every opportunity and will regenerate charge. A trick I have learned is to save some electric range in the plug-in partition by choosing HV mode, so that that partition will re-charge while going downhill or slowing to exit an Interstate.
    Thanks!
    Moshe K. Levy
    Moto Mouth Moshe https://www.youtube.com/c/motomouthmoshe
    1973 BMW R75/5 / 1987 Yamaha YSR50 / 2013 Moto Guzzi V7 Racer / 2015 BMW R1200RT

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    Thanks for the good review.
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    C Evolution Scooter

    I'm a (former) C650GT owner. At that time I also owned a K1600GTL and a G650X Challenge and therefore the scooter saw duty pretty much as a commuter and grocery-getter. It didn't have to be a tourer (or a dirt bike!) but after a few years the maintenance expenses of the scooter, as well as the registration and insurance costs of multiple vehicles started getting me down. One day I made the mistake of test-riding a low suspension GSA and decided to trade off the GT and GTL on the GSA. Since that day almost 2 years ago I have barely ridden the X Challenge and have missed the scooter every time I needed to run to the store or commute to work in Downtown Seattle, or even just go for a little ride after dinner or on the weekend after working in the yard. I started thinking that I probably needed to sell the X and get another scooter.

    I was initially thinking about the soon to be released C 400 X. But I have also been intrigued by the C Evolution since it's initial European release back in 2014. I know there is much controversy about the environmental soundness of the general Hybrid and EV principle, but I also don't doubt that hydrocarbons and all that is also harmful, especially in the urban environment with it's traffic jams, long periods of idling engines, etc, etc. Seeing EVs on the road around here is pretty common and there are many charging stations around town and off the freeway. There are four EV charging spaces in the parking deck at work. This review by Moshe really got me thinking about how well the C Evolution could fit into my commuting and short-haul cycle needs. I had previously not even considered the maintenance cost aspect of the EV. As fate would have it, I had to go to Los Angeles for business last week and - as you all probably know - the C Evolution is being sold in California. I was able to check one out in the flesh and being suitably impressed was able to cut a pretty good deal on a 2017 at Long Beach BMW. I am now waiting for it to be shipped up here to Seattle where it will be one of the few, if not only C Evolution scooter in Washington State. I have my fingers crossed that repairs and maintenance will not pose a problem - but other than that I think that it will be the perfect urban mobility tool for me. Trips on the GSA, everything else on the scooter.

    Courtney in Seattle
    2016 R1200 GS Adventure
    2007 G650X Challenge
    New! 2017 C Evolution

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