BMW, which earlier this year was showcasing for American drivers its upcoming hybrid ActiveHybrid X6 crossover utility vehicle, is back again now at greener cars with the all-electric Concept ActiveE. BMW says this is its latest electric vehicle that explores “solutions to minimize environmental impacts while preserving the kinetic driving experience for which BMW has long been known.”
The ActiveE, debuting at the upcoming North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) 2010 in Detroit and related to the Mini E currently being field tested, integrates “drive components within the existing vehicle package of the BMW 1 Series Coupe.” BMW says of this car’s electric motor, located in the vehicle’s rear axle, that it “delivers 125 kW/170 hp and provides maximum torque of 250 Nm / 184 lb-ft.” It also reportedly accelerates the vehicle in less than 9 seconds from zero to 100 km/h (0-60 mph in approx. 8.5 seconds).
BMW, partnering with SB LiMotive, is introducing into the ActiveE a “new, advanced lithium-ion battery pack” which will provide an “approximate” range of around 100 miles in typical everyday use. Charging time in North America, using a high-current residential wall box, will be around 4.5 hours. Top speed of the ActiveE is “electronically limited” to 90 MPH to help save on battery life, which will likely disappoint many BMW fans. Still, this is a solid movie forward by a well loved luxury car maker to bring electric vehicles into more homes. It is said a production version of this vehicle might be ready late next year.