We’ve covered BMW’s progress of its all-electric ActiveE, based on the 1 Series, many times in the past, anxious to see how the company will roll out mass production of such a car.
Recently, BMW has taken one step closer to its eventual goal of creating a “megacity vehicle” in 2013 by testing battery technology and drive components in the market with a leasing program for the ActiveE. The automaker is working toward its megacity vehicle benchmark in a tiered system, first deploying 450 Mini E vehicles in the United States, and now making the ActiveE available in select American cities.
The ActiveE is equipped with liquid-cooled lithium-ion batteries and a 170 horsepower motor with a maximum torque of 184 pounds per feet that can propel the car from 0 to 60 in nine seconds. The electric vehicle has a top speed of 90 miles per hour, a range of approximately 100 miles, and features a regenerative braking system.
The battery system is specifically being tested in the field for BMW’s megacity vehicle plans, and is stated to be fully charged in five hours if using a 32 ampere source. Boston, New York City, Los Angeles, San Diego, San Francisco, Sacramento, and the state of Connecticut will be the first areas to be able to sign-up for the ActiveE 24-month lease program this fall, which requires a $2,250 down payment and $499 a month.