CFMoto, the Chinese motorcycle company, is set to take on BMW’s CE 04 electric scooter with their latest offering. The company has been making waves recently with their developments in both internal combustion engines and electrification.
- CFMoto’s latest patent application appears to show a real-world, production-style version of their Magnet concept bike.
- CFMoto is investing in both internal combustion engines and electrification, and they already have multiple electric-bike projects underway.
While CFMoto is still working on a 1,000cc V-4 with over 200 horsepower, they also have a substantial focus on electric-bike projects.
Their first major electric-bike project is the 300GT-E, a sport-tourer developed with the Chinese police in mind. They also have the Papio Nova, a battery-powered minibike that rivals Honda’s Grom, and have created the Zeeho brand for their electric scooters.
Under the Zeeho brand, the company showcased the Magnet concept bike late last year, which promised a large, battery-powered scooter to rival BMW’s CE-04. Recently, CFMoto filed a patent application that appears to show a real-world, production-style version of that scooter.
The patent design features a scooter with a similar stance to the Magnet concept, but with a more viable construction. The battery’s center section, which doubles as the main-frame structure, is made of aluminum instead of plexiglass. The scooter also features tubular subframes bolted onto the front and rear, creating the flexibility to make multiple different variations of scooters from the same central chassis section.
The scooter’s single-sided swingarm, inverted fork, radial-mount brake calipers, electric motor mounted behind the main chassis, and wide rear wheel are all similar to the Magnet concept bike. However, the patent design features a more practical angle for the single shock, which is mounted on the left of the swingarm.
CFMoto’s patent focuses on the battery pack’s cooling and illustrates the modular nature of the design. The company can use the same basic components to create either air-cooled or liquid-cooled battery packs, with either a finned side panel for air-cooling or a smooth one for the liquid-cooled variant. While the liquid-cooled battery would allow for higher performance and faster recharging, it comes at a greater expense than an air-cooled version.
Nevertheless, CFMoto has not yet released any further details on the production version of their electric scooter, but the numbers they provided for the Magnet concept bike suggest that it is a serious contender. With a top speed of 93 mph, zero-to-30 mph acceleration in less than 2.5 seconds, and a range of 124 miles between charges, CFMoto’s new electric scooter is definitely one to watch out for.