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BMW Concept ActiveE

BMW Concept ActiveE

BMW Concept ActiveE

BMW Concept ActiveE interior
Make BMW
Model Concept ActiveE
Concept year 2009
Production year -
Engine electric

BMW's Efficient Dynamics program has turned out a variety of different vehicles and technologies all designed to help reduce environmental impact while retaining all the sporting dynamics for which the company is famous.

The Concept ActiveE is obviously based on a BMW 1 Series Coupe platform, and while from the outside the most obvious change are the new graphics, under the bodywork lies a full-electric drivetrain.

The BMW Concept ActiveE was developed as part of 'project i', an offshoot of the Efficient Dynamics program designed to research and develop electric drivetrains. The concept is the second prototype vehicle to emerge from project i, the first was the MINI E. The aim is to test the use of electric drive for everyday purposes in a vehicle which offers the driving pleasure which is characteristic of BMW automobiles.

The BMW Concept ActiveE features the characteristic rear-wheel-drive of BMW, and a powerful electric drive system for more than adequate acceleration. It's no rocketship - with a 0-60 mph time under 9 seconds and a top speed limited to 90 mph. However for day-to-day use it will easily keep pace with other vehicles on the road. As with the MINI E, the real-world range is expected to be about 100 miles on a single charge, depending on conditions.

Flexible charging technology enables the lithium-ion battery pack to be recharged by a conventional power outlet at public charging stations or at a special wall box. On the European grid, the battery pack can be fully charged at a high-current power outlet (50 ampere) in as little as three hours. In North America, using a high-current (32 ampere continuous) residential wall box, the charge time is about 4.5 hours.

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