By Dennis Chung
BMW is inching closer to launching the new CE 04 electric scooter, as the company has filed designs for the production model with the European Union Intellectual Property Office.
We last saw the scooter in concept form as the Definition CE 04 last November. At the time, BMW called the Definition “near-series,” with Ralf Rodepeter, BMW Motorrad’s head of marketing and product management, saying the finished version could arrive in showrooms in a matter of months.
Those months have slowly ticked away, with the new design filings, submitted Feb. 25 with the EUIPO, showing us what the production version of the CE 04 may look like. As we can see from the image juxtaposition below, the registered design stays fairly close to the Definition concept, but with some telltale clues to indicate it is for the production model.
The obvious clues are the addition of mirrors and a new tire-hugging rear fender that also supports the rear lighting and license plate holder. The fairing has a seam where the BMW roundel emblem is positioned, whereas the Definition concept had no seam. This change is likely a concession made to simplify manufacturing processes. Other visible changes include a new panel by the passenger peg mount and the removal of the raised pad strapped to the Definition’s bench seat. The scooter in the design filings also lacks the Definition concept’s center stand, making do with just a sidestand.
The designs keep the concept’s layered bodywork and the large fender shrouding the front wheel’s hub. Also retained is the 10.25-inch TFT display that BMW debuted on the R1250RT.
BMW hasn’t revealed much about the electric powertrain, saying only that the CE 04 uses a flat battery mounted in the underbody for a low …read more