2012 BMW ActiveE First Drive

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2012 BMW ActiveE: First

If you’ve driven a Nissan you’ll agree that the near-instantaneous torque provided by its motor system from can be intoxicating in itself at first, the is SO not a performance car. With Prius-like dynamics and Prius-like the Leaf appeals to the green no doubt, and not really to those who driving.

For enthusiasts, there been any serious EV options—other the very limited, expensive Roadster—especially if you don’t want a plug-in packing a gasoline

Nissan has teased us with EV performance possibilities, like the Leaf. and the ESFLOW Sport EV but with limited-production models the MINI E, and now the Active E, BMW looks to show that EVs can have a more performance character.

In this past week, we got a drive in a 2012 BMW ActiveE—from the group of demonstration models BMW has in North America. But ’ editor already managed to get a drive in the ActiveE delivered in North a couple of weeks earlier; so his green assessment in mind, we to get a quick impression of how the ActiveE up as a performance-flavored EV.

Even after just a spin, our impression is that the is a step in the right direction—more predictable, and sprightly in the way that will find familiar and BMW’s other effort, the E. was really a conversion, and while it eager and surprisingly fun to drive, the whine of the powertrain, an accelerator-pedal super-intense regenerative braking and a stiff suspension made the E less docile than you imagine it being, if you’ve had a short drive in the excellent versions.

The ActiveE is essentially a standard BMW Coupe, converted to all-electric But as opposed to the Mini E, it’s integrated and feels much like a conversion or a kit.

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on the ignition, and there’s no noticeable or whoosh; even though the pack uses liquid we heard no evidence of it during our


Quiet and quick off the line

The 125-kW electric motor which makes 170 horsepower, and 184 of torque from a standstill, the Coupe with an initial you won’t find in the gasoline Unfortunately that’s only for the 10 mph or so; by 40 mph, it’s clear you could be moving quicker in a car. All said, BMW says the ActiveE can accelerate to 60 mph in about seconds.

A 32-kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery is packaged in the drive tunnel and the rear seat, allowing a range of about 100 miles (94 according to official EPA ratings). As the other 1-Series models, space is tiny, and the cost of the is that (see our pictures) very little trunk

BMW ActiveE Electric Cars
BMW ActiveE Electric Cars
BMW ActiveE Electric Cars
BMW ActiveE Electric Cars
BMW ActiveE Electric Cars

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