BMW Announces Markets for Electric Vehicle

BMW Concept ActiveE
Later today, BMW will announce the test markets for its second test electric vehicle, the BMW ActiveE. The markets include the metro areas of New York City; Los Angeles; San Diego; San Francisco; Sacramento, Calif; Boston; and large swaths of Connecticut, which essentially is a suburb of New York City.

BMW ActiveE test trials, which debuted at last year’s Detroit auto show as the BMW Concept ActiveE, will begin in the summer.

The EV will be based off the BMW 1 Series coupe but will incorporate the automaker’s own electric drivetrain and lithium-ion battery pack. The model is expected to have a real-world range of 100 miles on a single charge before you need to plug it in for four-and-a-half hours.

The ActiveE builds on the successes of the Mini E, another electric vehicle being leased for field trials in New York City and Los Angeles. So far with those 600 lessees, BMW has learned that Mini E drivers don’t use their cars much differently from Mini Cooper or 1 Series owners; most trips are less than 30 miles round trip. BMW says the handling and acceleration of the ActiveE will be similar to that of a normal gas-powered 1 Series.

All of this is supposed to lead up to BMW’s first retail-purposed EV vehicle, the Megacity Vehicle, which should go on sale in 2013.

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BMW Concept ActiveE
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By Colin Bird | September 24, 2010 | Comments (5)

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Please look at my invention that will let cars be lighter and safer at the same time. Lighter electric cars get better range.

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I hope the American Car Makers will be as agressive in making electric cars as their european competitors.

If not we will all be driving BMWs, Honda, Mercedes etc..

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This is the future. Even now the market is quite small, in a few years will grow a lot and we know what will power this market.

I have always loved BMW. It's great that they are beginning to step into the green automotive stage.

I'm definitely interested in trying one of these out. The think I like most about hybrids is the lack of engine noise. I bet this is a smooth and quiet ride.

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