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Some) Electric BMWs to Hit the Next Year

DETROIT taking a page from its playbook, will lease the Concept Active-E electric to selected customers next

Ulrich Kranz, head of the automaker s Project i team low-emissions city cars, the car will indeed hit the road year in limited numbers, but he t say how limited. If the Mini-E trials are any we ll probably see about 500 in Europe and the States.

They ll almost certainly be as as they are exclusive.

Mini the cars to customers for a jaw-dropping a month in what is essentially a big RD to refine the technology. BMW says of the info gleaned from trials went into the which made its debut at the North American International Show.

The Active-E is a 1-series to electric power, and it looks to be a lot practical than the Mini-E it s got room for four and a small

It s rear-wheel drive, and those are powered by a synchronous motor in the differential housing. It puts out 125 (170 horsepower). That s what you ll get from the 120i. impressive is the torque 184 pound-feet, all of it the minute you hit the accelerator.

Juice comes from a 32-kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery with SB LiMotorive. It s mounted in the tunnel and under the hood.

The weighs 3,900 pounds, is porcine for a car its size but nothing out of the for an EV. BMW says the car has perfect 50/50 distribution. Stomp on it and BMW says the will do zero to 100 km/h in 8.5 That s on par with the 116i and models. Top speed is limited to 145 (90 mph).

Look for a range in the 100 mile and a recharge time of six hours at 220 Like the Chevrolet Volt. a app will let you keep tabs on the of charge, set the charging time and other info.

No word on BMW will start taking from those looking to the cars. If you re interested, be warned: The for the Mini-E was pretty arduous. won t keep us from putting our on the list, just as soon as we out how to hide the monthly lease in our reports.

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