When we saw BMW’s (BMW) CE 04 electric vehicle concept last year, it looked like something pulled straight out of a sci-fi movie. Now the company has unveiled the final consumer version of the CE 04, and while it loses a bit of its fantastic edge, it still looks like a vehicle that would fit in an Akira or Ghost in the Shell.
Aimed at urban commuters, the CE 04 features a 10.25-inch LCD screen (larger than those found in most cars!) ), a range of up to 81 miles, and a top speed of 75 mph. It will be available in 2022 and will cost about $16,000. That’s twice the price of the Vespa Elettrica, but it’s also a much slower vehicle for more casual users.
Just looking at the CE 04 gives a clear idea of what BMW is trying to achieve. It’s a new design designed to appeal to people who are interested in electric vehicles, but may not have the money or space to buy an actual electric vehicle. It can be charged using a regular power plug or EV cable, and BMW claims it can be charged quickly using a Level 3 power connection after being completely drained in one hour and 40 minutes. Still, even if you don’t have the best charging setup around, BMW says it can charge in 4 hours and 20 minutes with a standard household outlet.
While we’re still waiting for more details on CE 04 pricing and optional accessories, you can expect to see a reduced production model with a range of about 62 miles (100 km). This cheaper model will also have an output of between 15 hp and 30 hp, while the standard model can reach 42 hp. However, both versions should be fully equipped for city traffic, capable of reaching 31 mph in 2.6 seconds.