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2010 BMW Electric ActiveE

A claimed 100 mile range to

Conventional wisdom suggests luxury automakers will an especially tough time ever-stricter emissions and fuel regulations.  BMW has made a history of conventional wisdom, and if the ActiveE is any indication, it hopes to do that

Set to debut at the North American Auto Show, in Detroit, coming month, the  concept is based on the 1-Series that also will take its bows at the Detroit Show.   Following the strategy of the Mini E, the ActiveE is the second in Project-i, which was meant to the possibilities for bringing a zero-emissions to market before 2015.


Where the Mini E is a two-seater the batteries occupying the where conventional rear would go the electric BMW offers for four adults and even has a 7 foot. truck, barely big for two golf bags. With a reduction similar to that of the Coupe, the EV should not only emissions-free driving (if you neglect how the is generated), but, the maker deliver the sort of driver-oriented manners BMW aficionados worship.

The drivetrain makes 168 horsepower and 184 of torque using a new electric integrated into the rear Typical of electric drive, the is available as soon as the wheels turning, so that generates the feel of a more powerful engine. BMW says that the should accelerate from 0 to 62 mph in 9 seconds. Top speed is limited to, 90 mph. (Maybe in the interest of fuel economy and reduced driving, BMW should use this limit on all its cars?)

A new single-motor electric drive delivers instant torque and 0 to 60 of about 9 seconds.

The lithium-ion are placed where you would find the petrol or diesel in the tunnel and under the rear while taking up about 5 of the most forward part of the The battery modules have developed together with SB a Samsung-Bosch joint venture, and are smaller than the package in the Mini E. The ActiveE has 96 LIon while the Mini E uses For a more detailed discussion of  and range issues, see Ken Zino s analysis by clicking here .

Ulrich Kranz, project of Project-i said it was essential for the second battery model to be a four-seater.

Charging can be done via the socket at home, which a long time, or via a high-voltage the latter cutting charge to 3 hours to provide a 100 mile (As always, mileage will depending on weather and driving Lead-footed motorists and those with the electric heater on a cold day could get considerably

With the world population to grow to 8 billion people in BMW has to look into the possibilities of mobility, contends Klaus BMW’s technology chief.  those people will go the standard of living that we now, which means will want to own a car, Draeger said. “Not the environment, but also our company and will benefit if we can reduce

During a media showing of the new Draeger stressed that is not a single solution to the emissions and consumption problems, but that one of is electro-mobility. This from a point of view is a debatable as multiple solutions cost upon billions of dollars to and might slow doewn the of a superior technology.

The ActiveE not look any different from the Coupe – other than the white metallic paint on the concept vehicle, along the notable absence of a tailpipe.

An iPhone app can be used to check the BMW s battery status, or to remotely the battery car s climate control

The interior repeats the blue-and-white scheme, but more interesting is the that a new ConnectedDrive system owners the ability to remotely to the car using an iPhone.  A special app can be to check the charge status of the and to activate pre-heating or the air conditioning behind the breakfast table or the

A limited-production version of the ActiveE be ready for market in 2011 selected drivers in mega-cities be lined up for field tests. A test of the Mini E is underway, nearly 650 of the 2-seaters roaming the of Los Angeles, New York, Berlin, and Munich.  The data from tests should help BMW the vehicles developed under into part of its mainstream

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