BMW ActiveE Electric Car Ready for Lease

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.

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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.

Aaron Colter is a freelance writer and marketing consultant in Portland, Oregon. A graduate of Purdue University, he has worked for the NCAA, Dark Horse Comics, Willamette Week, AOL, The Huffington Post, Top Shelf Productions, DigitalTrends, theMIX agency, SuicideGirls, EarthTechling, d'Errico Studios and others. He is also the co-founder of, a free record label, recording studio, and distribution service for independent musicians.

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  • Reply May 3, 2011

    Randy Swchaert

    Did you wonder if there was an effort out to control the electric car industry. Well, let’s name the names:nThe Solyndra case proves that the DOE LOAN and ATVM funding was based on pure bribery and lobby manipulation. All of the failure points on Solyndra have been visible for ages so they would not have gotten the money if “real due diligence” had been performed instead of giving the money away to hard-wired campaign contributors. Kleiner Perkins put Chu in office as Secratary in order to get favored nations funding for their portfolio companies and keep competitors to those portfolio companies from getting funded. Steve Westly and Kholsa helped them along with Raj Gupta.nnThe Detroit News writes that Detroit & Telsa recipients used the money to pay bonuses to staff and other uses, have parties and other uses not intended for the funds. How the *H* did a Japanese company get U.S. taxpayer dollars from the DOE?nnThe DOE ATVM And Loan Gaurantee programs were conducted by criminals in order to commit crimes. The “Car Czar” Steve Rattner (Now a proven criminal by the State of NY), Lachland Seward, Matt Rogers and his partner Steve Spinner and most of Teslau2019s friends at McKinsey Consulting from Silicon Valley (Who used Tax payer jets to fly back and forth to Silicon Valley to go bike riding), Steve Westley and a group who now left DOE, and some who are still there are criminals. They stole your tax money and put in in their friends pockets. Federal investigations have already shown that Detroit embezzeled and misspent the first monies distributed. Every company that has so far gotten money has misspent it, did not have what they said they had at the time they applied, were tied to campaign contributions and rated lowest on the comparison reviews. If you google: “Unprofessional behavior plagues SRS” to read about the death threats, you can see the depths to which some of these people will sink. See the recent mass exodus from DOE of key staff in the last 9 months: They took the money and ran.nnThe few applicants that did get money spent tens of millions of dollars on bribes and lobby u201cincentivesu201d equal in ratio to the money they got. Now the White House says that $17B of the taxpayer money that Detroit got is a write-off and is lost forever. In other words Detroit has already embezzeled more money than all of the other applicants applied for put together.nnGoogle Teslau2019s Siry on u201cDOE stifles innovationu201d to read what one of the highest level staff at one of the car companies said.nnThe GAO, a federal crime busting agency, just released public reports saying that the DOE Loan programs were corrupt. All of the people under Seward were u201cconnectedu201d or u201cmade menu201d in the Detroit cadre. Seward changed the section 136 first-come-first serve rule (Which appears to be illegal) in order to provide advantages to his friends in Detroit who didnt bother to apply in time and to cut out the smaller players who were already ahead in the application procesnnSubpeonas of Detroit and DOE Loan Departments will prove crime, corruption, favoritism and rigged contracts were the rule and not the exception. BTW: Revenge of the Electric car is a paid product placement film. It is not a real documentary.

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