BMW CE 04 electric scooter review

It’s time to hit the streets of Barcelona

This TFT dashboard shows you’re ‘ready’, so all you have to do is twist the throttle and go, just like a conventional modern scooter, but in blissful silence. Torque and acceleration are instantaneous (peak torque is just 1,500 rpm) and you ride smoothly. In addition to the three riding modes, our test scooter also came with the optional Dynamic mode.

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

Move Electric verdict: four out of five stars

Dynamic mode packs enough punch to embarrass most traffic light motorists, with traction control occasionally activating to slippery white lines and cat’s eyes. In cold, wet UK driving conditions, 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 spin up to a quoted 60 mph without hesitation. It’s a surprisingly quick, effortless, and easy ride, so you’ll want to keep an eye out for speed cameras around town that could easily catch you off guard. The downside is that using the CE 04’s quick acceleration and natural pace through town will reduce the claimed range by 80 miles. That said, after 40 miles of fun riding, our test machine’s screen still showed 37 miles of range remaining.

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