BMW’s CE 04 custom e-scooter comes with smiley face motifs and a surfboard rack

The multifunctional urban scooter concept has been designed in collaboration with Austrian customising specialist Vagabund Moto.

By Sony Thomas

It is not uncommon to see BMW Motorrad bringing out custom concepts for its Heritage models such as the R 18 and R nineT. But now, in keeping with the times, the German brand has announced a customisation project based on the BMW CE 04 electric scooter. BMW Motorrad Austria, based in Salzburg, has collaborated with customising specialist Vagabund Moto GmbH in Graz to create the BMW CE 04 Vagabund Moto Concept a cool multifunctional e-scooter concept for urban use.

The custom e-scooter gets a unique paint scheme that combines white, dark green, beige and black. Adding to its quirkiness are yellow smiley face motifs on the front wheel hub and on the glass of the indicator lights. The bright, contemporary design style is aimed at the e-scooter’s young customer base and seeks to appeal to their active urban lifestyle. Keeping this target audience in mind, the BMW CE 04 Vagabund Moto Concept gets a functional top case to supplement the standard storage space, along with a surfboard integrated into the vehicle, for those who want to take it on a trip to the sea.

Oliver Balzer, head of BMW Motorrad Austria, said the surfboard isn’t just a piece of sports equipment, but also a metaphor for a sustainable urban lifestyle. “The BMW CE 04 Vagabund Moto Concept combines work, leisure and individual flair, demonstrating that there needs to be no contradiction between any of these areas,” said Balzer.

The concept scooter shares the BMW CE 04’s power and performance credentials; a 31 kW (42 hp) maximum output, and acceleration from 0 to 50 kph in 2.6 seconds. With an optional fast charger at maximum charging current, the scooter’s battery gets from 0 per cent to 80 per cent in just 65 minutes, with a full charge giving it a range of 130 kilometres.

Explaining the thinking behind BMW CE 04 Vagabund Moto Concept, Paul Brauchart, founder and managing director of Vagabund Moto GmbH said the stylish and multifunctional urban e-scooter shows how mobility needs are as individual as each personality. “Everyone defines the mobility of the future in their own individual way,” he said. “We haven’t reinvented the wheel, but we have taken a new look at function. We call it drawing on the synergies between functionality and aesthetics in a way that is suitable for everyday use,” Brauchart added.

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