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BMW ActiveE Video Review

William Maley
by William Maley
May 20, 2013

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.


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