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BMW Motorrad Definition CE 04 is a Glimpse Of Future Two-Wheeled Mobility

Not a “fun bike,” says BMW, but a practical urban runabout.


  • The BMW Motorrad Definition CE 04 is the brand’s latest scooter concept.

  • Designed as an urban runabout, the fully electric scooter caters to city dwellers to ride less than 7.5 miles (12 km) a day.

  • The CE 04 features a huge 10.25-inch touchscreen display.


In addition to the BMW iX fully electric crossover, the German brand presented a new electric scooter concept at its #NEXTGen 2020 event, and it’s called the BMW Motorrad Definition CE 04.

According to the manufacturer, it’s also “a link between the analogue and digital worlds of the user” and “is both a means of transport and a means of communication for the urban commuter.” As is the case with pretty much all other automakers surfing on the current urban mobility trend, BMW is showcasing this concept as a glimpse of what’s in store for scooter fans, but it’s not the brand’s first swing as such a machine, as it’s been selling the BMW C evolution electric scooter in select markets since 2013.

Heavily inspired by the BMW Concept Link scooter design exercise unveiled at the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este event in 2017, which was inspired by the VISION NEXT 100 bike revealed in 2016, the new BMW Motorrad Definition CE 04 boasts a resolutely modern and futuristic look, with Mineral White metallic paint and matte black trim, and also features a somewhat naked bike design trend that’s bubbling right now.

The company points out that it wasn’t designed as a “fun bike,” but as a daily urban runabout, and the target audience covers distances of about 7.5 miles or 12 kilometres a day. However, no details on the electric powertrain or range have been announced for now.

The BMW Motorrad Definition CE 04 concept scooter is equipped with a 10.25-inch display—that’s huge for any motorcycle, let alone the scooter segment—with what seems to be a simplified BMW Operating System, with a trip computer, a temperature display, speed and range as well as connectivity apps. Since there’s no combustion engine under the seat, a compartment can swallow a helmet. There’s no taillight—instead, the rider wears a custom jacket with illuminated red striping.

“Thanks to the new architecture, we have created something completely new with this vehicle – and in the future we want to use graphics and colours to emphasise this even further,” stated Gerald Höller, graphic designer at BMW Motorrad Design. “We see the CE 04 Definition almost as a moving screen with which a customer can express his personality – from modern elegant to urban.”

The latest generation of the BMW C evolution scooter is available in Europe with an 11-kW (15-hp) electric motor, a top speed of 75 mph (120 km/h) and a range of about 62 miles (100 km). A Long Range edition is also offered in other markets with a 19-kW (26-hp) motor, a top speed of 81 miles (129 km/h) and a range of about 100 miles (160 km). We expect to see a production version of the Definition CE 04 scooter, or something similar to it, appear in the near future.

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