Mike Stevens | Jul 30, 2012

BMW's Motorrad motorcycle division has revealed the next evolution in its electrified scooter project, dubbed simply Evolution C.

Taking its lead from last year's Concept E, the Evolution C concept is described as a near-production preview of an electric scooter that will launch in the not-too-distant future.

The Evolution C is driven by an electric motor that delivers 11kW of continuous power, with a peak output of 35kW. The motor's energy is supplied by the same lithium-ion battery modules featured in the upcoming i3 electric city car.

BMW promises a top speed of 120km/h and a driving range of around 100km/h, although the regenerative braking system can increase range by 10 percent.

The ultra-green scooter also benefits from ABS brakes - a standard feature across the Motorrad line-up in Europe.

Other features include a small screen mounted in place of the traditional instrument cluster, displaying information such as speed and remaining energy.

For now, BMW has released five Evolution C scooters onto the streets of London, both as a pilot programme and as a part of its sponsorship of the 2012 Olympics.

BMW says it will use the pilot programme to fine-tune the Evolution C ahead of its market launch, which could be as soon as late 2013.

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