BMW ActiveE Concept Comes Out Charging

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When discussing the ActiveE concept from BMW, one has to first address the elephant in the room - Are Bruce Boxleitner and Jeff Bridges at the top of the ActiveE's pilot program list? (Photo: BMW)
many were fans of the Tron movie (and subsequent video games), but to actually borrow (heavily) from that film as the design motif for a new electric vehicle concept? To be kind, it is a questionable move. The design style is not left to the exterior of the car, but is layered throughout the interior too – instrument dials, shifter, seats, etc. Now, to be fair, this design is meant as a concept and will likely be left behind when the production car comes into being.

The ActiveE, based on BMW's entry-level 1-Series, is the second all-electric vehicle in BMW's lineup that will make it into the hands of consumers, although the first was under a different brand, the Mini E. The Mini E is currently in the hands of about 450 lucky people taking part in a one-year pilot program. It can be assumed that BMW will follow a similar path with the release of the ActiveE.

Just Let the blue LEDs light the way to recharging. (Photo: BMW)
like the Mini E, the ActiveE will be powered by a rear-mounted electric motor that churns out 170hp and 184 lb-ft of torque. Expect to go from 0-100km/h in about nine seconds. The motor gets its juice from a proprietary lithium-ion battery pack that BMW says will have a range of about 161km per full charge. According to BMW, the time to achieve a full charge is about 4.5 hours.

There is one outstanding question with respect to the ActiveE. The participants of the Mini E program have been reporting significantly reduced driving ranges in the cold weather this season, but BMW promises that the ActiveE will maintain its stated range, regardless of weather conditions.

No pricing from BMW yet, but with the Mini E leases running about $850/month, expect a lease for the ActiveE to run somewhere north of that amount.

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Topics: Sports Coupe, EV, BMW, 2010, ActiveE, Electric,

Organizations: BMW

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