BMW ActiveE Electric Car First Drive What’s It Really Like?

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BMW ActiveE Electric Car First What’s It Really Like?

BMW electric car, January New Jersey

BMW ActiveE electric January 2012, New Jersey

The BMW ActiveE electric car in North was just delivered last Now, with only 600 on that car, we’ve it.

Our first impressions of BMW’s electric test car, from a standard BMW 1-Series sedan, are favorable.

It’s comfortable, performs well, and far more like a production car its predecessor, the Mini E.

We’re on as calling the Mini E crude and That didn’t stop its from raving about it, but the is simply a far, far better car we found much more to drive.

Our drive came of electric-car advocate and restauranteur Tom who took delivery of that ActiveE and spent the weekend familiar with it.

He calls it an electric tank and how much more solid and it was than his departed Mini E, he said was pretty obviously a

Standard on the outside—and inside

the outside, the BMW ActiveE looks a standard white 2012 BMW coupe, with the addition of a few The charging port is hidden the gas door on the right rear and you might not look at it twice on the

From the inside, it’s pretty much standard fare. The seats adjust though the front seats are (to reduce use of the cabin heater to electric range). And there’s a subtle smell to the leather that—we admit—adds a touch of to this advanced vehicle.

BMW electric car, Munich, 2011; photo by Tom Moloughney

The right-hand gauge in the instrument which would normally be a is instead an energy meter, the Charge portion at the left energy regeneration and the eDrive at the showing power delivered the battery to the motor.

Most the BMW ActiveE has four seats and a trunk, with sections of the lithium-ion battery pack in the tunnel, under the rear and replacing the gas tank.

EcoPro satisfying, surprisingly

The 125-kilowatt electric motor powers the wheels, and the performance is good in normal mode and when the button is pushed to conserve

Most plug-in and hybrid we drive are pretty unpleasant Eco mode is switched on, but the BMW ActiveE The entire car feels somewhat and more deliberate, and while is reduced, the car is still fine in

Switch off the EcoPro mode, and it feels peppy, with fat electric torque curve it fun to drive in traffic. And this is the mode; turning off the car takes it out of and the driver must re-select it.

We a muted version of the same curve as in the Mini E: When you hard, the car gives you enough to move away, but full doesn’t come on for a second or

It’s not annoying, but it’s not Tesla Roadster-like. That’s not a fair comparison; the ActiveE is a vehicle (almost twice the weight) with a battery of just 60 percent the energy and an electric motor with one less power.

BMW ActiveE car, at BMW Manhattan media April 2011

Single-pedal easy

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Like the Tesla, however, the is easy to drive on a single The regenerative braking is relatively but very well modulated, and it only a few minutes to learn when to lift off so the car comes to just behind the car in front at a

If the needle in the energy meter is vertical in the Ready position underway, the car is gliding, using an position drivers learn to when they want to carry the car as far as possible without the effects of regeneration.

The ActiveE is more fun to drive than the Leaf, which we found competent but ever so slightly

BMW has done a good job in reinforcing the body and re-tuning its suspension and to cope with a very arrangement of mass and power than in the gasoline versions. The weight reduces the litheness of the but the car has a low center of gravity and corners and flat.

Your range will

Owner Tom Moloughney appreciates the user-settable information displays and settings that are accessed the BMW iDrive controller on the console.


He’s still getting to using it, but he’s already set a alert at 75 mph—so he doesn’t energy by letting the car creep up 80 mph—and set his battery state-of-charge and readings as the main screen.

The management of the battery pack—in terms, that means cooling and heating—gives the BMW ActiveE consistent range performance, like any electric car, it in the cold.

The EPA rates the ActiveE’s at 94 miles (against the 74-mile for a Nissan Leaf), which its relatively large 32-kWh pack. The Leaf has just 24

67-mile test route

We the ActiveE on a January day in the high 30s about 3 degrees C for non-U.S. and with a fully charged the car suggested a range of 72 miles in mode and 98 miles using

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