published at 17.03.2015, 10:56
Urban Mobility

Fleet of police-specification C evolutions on the streets of Barcelona

BMW Motorrad has delivered a fleet of its C evolution electric scooters to the local police in Barcelona. It is the first time in the world that a fleet of the innovative all-electric scooters has been delivered to an official body, so authorities and fleet managers across the globe will now be paying special interest in how the premium e-scooter performs in the urban environment it was designed for…

In recent years, Barcelona has embraced the concept of sustainable urban travel, with its ‘bicing’ bike sharing scheme, tram network, hybrid taxis, and an ever increasing amount of electrically-powered vehicles on the streets. Barcelona is also home to several eScooter sharing/rental schemes, has invested in public charging infrastructure and proposes to electrify the whole of its police powered two-wheeler fleet within the next years. With its Mediterranean climate and interesting mix of ancient and modern streets, it is also the perfect city to travel around on two wheels, especially if they are e-powered.

The fleet of 30 C evolution e-scooters was delivered to Barcelona’s City Hall, to be used by the local police and allowing them to move around the urban environment with maximum efficiency and zero emissions. The Policia Urbana is extremely visible with its scooters on the main streets and around tourist hotspots such as Las Ramblas, so the addition of the C evolution will be a real eyecatcher.

Prior to the public launch of the C evolution, Barcelona was the location chosen for the official photo-shooting, the press launch and the #SocialTestride experiment, where there was much interest in this innovative choice of transport. Now inhabitants of the Catalan capital are going to be seeing even more of the premium all-electric BMW scooter.

Zero-emissions sustainable technology is at the heart of the message behind the futuristic BMW C evolution maxi-scooter. Fully-charged battery cells will power it up to 100 kilometres, and this range can be extended even further with careful riding technique, selectable power modes and a braking and throttle system that incorporates regenerative technology that charges the battery. Quick acceleration makes it perfect for staying ahead of the traffic in built-up areas and it's also remarkably fast, too, although the electronically-limited top speed of 120 km/h is unlikely to be reached within the city limits!

With its strong performance, important safety features such as ABS braking and traction control, and excellent comfort levels, the BMW C evolution is a perfect choice for the local police and for Barcelona itself - a pioneering city in the use of environment-friendly vehicles. The model purchased by the city authorities is identical to the regular version but with modifications to adapt it to police use. These include a raised screen for protection purposes, a public address and signalling system, and of course the specific police design.

Highlighting the importance of the delivery of this fleet for BMW, Guenther Seemann, President of BMW Group Spain, was there to hand over the scooter keys to mayor Xavier Trias. Seemann said: “The delivery of this fleet is a special achievement for the BMW Group for two main reasons: it is the first fleet of electric maxi scooters worldwide to be supplied and secondly the recipient is the city of Barcelona - a role model in Europe when it comes to two-wheel mobility. At the BMW Group we believe strongly that the future of urban mobility will be shaped in the next few years by cities with minimum emissions."

This was a view shared by Torsten Löhner, Head of Authority Sales Direct and Special Customers BMW Motorrad, who added: “The special sales department in Munich is absolutely convinced that there is a lot of potential for the C evolution in police version also in other European countries. The trend of using emission-free two-wheelers in the inner city is clearly visible.”