BMW revealed some of its electric vehicle plans for the United States today by announcing the initial markets it will do trials of its ActiveE electric vehicle in come summer 2011. This comes on the heels of the halfway mark of trials of its Mini E electric car in the United Kingdom.
The BMW ActiveE trials will be in the following metro areas: New York, Los Angeles, San Diego, San Francisco, Sacramento, Boston and select markets in Connecticut. In these markets BMW will likely pair their ActiveE electric cars with drivers as the automaker seeks to collect feedback on what will make an ideal electric luxury driving machine. All of this is being done in preparation for the launch of its purpose-designed Megacity Vehicle in 2013.
The BMW ActiveE to be trialed here in the United States reportedly will be able to go from 0 to 60 MPH in around 8.5 seconds. It will have a real-world range of around 100 miles between charges, and the maximum speed of the vehicle will be electronically limited at around 90 MPH. The car is based upon the chassis of a BMW 1 Series Coupe and features a newly developed electric drivetrain and a lithium-ion battery-pack.
“We were the first automaker to put 450 electric vehicles on US roads for daily use. We have gained so much insight into living with an EV with our Mini E pioneers over the last year,” said Rich Steinberg, Manager of Electric Vehicle Operations and Strategy for BMW of North America, in a statement. “We’re looking forward to working with more drivers in more markets to build on our base of experience as we get ready for the launch of the Megacity Vehicle, and we look forward to even greater collaboration with the BMW ActiveE.”