The BMW ActiveE isn’t BMW’s first entry into the electric car marketplace, per se. BMW’s first entry was the MINI E back in 2009 which was followed by the ActiveE in 2011. The ActiveE takes a BMW 1-Series coupe, removes the inline-six and installs a electric motor producing 170 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque. Paired with a lithium-ion battery, the ActiveE can reach 60 MPH in under nine seconds and have a range of 100 miles. Recharging takes about four to five hours when plugged into a 240V outlet.
Outside, the ActiveE is much like the normal 1-Series coupe aside from the ActiveE decals throughout the exterior and minor changes to the to front help improve the aerodynamics. Inside, there is a new instrument cluster to reflect that you’re driving an electric vehicle. Also, the infotainment system provides information on the energy flow, state of the battery, and a number of other screens providing vital information.
Now for the bad news, you cannot buy a BMW ActiveE. You can lease an ActiveE for 24 months for $499 per month with a $2,250 down payment. You also have to be in the metropolitan markets of Los Angeles, San Diego, San Francisco, Sacramento, New York, Boston, or the state of Connecticut.