BMW ActiveE electric concept
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BMW ActiveE electric concept

Detroit, Michigan – With the world premiere of the BMW Concept ActiveE at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit today, the BMW Group is highlighting the continuation of its research and development activities in the field of electro-mobility. Its field tests with the Mini E as part of a project in the US and Europe have already provided important insights into the demands required of future production electric vehicles.

As a second step, BMW has begun development of a second trial fleet of electric vehicles based on the BMW Concept ActiveE. These vehicles are likewise intended for everyday use by private and select fleet customers as part of a large-scale field test. The insights gathered in the process will be fed into the development of an electrically powered serial production vehicle which the BMW Group will put on the market under a sub-brand of BMW in the first half of the next decade.

For the BMW Concept ActiveE, the BMW 1 Series Coupe offers the opportunity to provide four full-size seats and a luggage compartment with a capacity of some 200 litres. The motor, specially developed for the model and located in the rear axle, delivers 170 hp and accelerates the vehicle in less than 9 seconds from zero to 100 km/h.

The electric drive system draws its energy from new, advanced lithium-ion battery for the BMW Concept ActiveE. They enable a range of approximately 160 kilometres in everyday use. An intelligent battery management system helps achieve this range largely independently of external climatic conditions. Additionally, the charging period required for the lithium-ion batteries is very short. On the European power grid, the battery pack can be fully charged in just three hours at a wall box with a current of 50 ampere at 230/240 volts. In North America, using a high-current (32 ampere continuous) residential wall box, the charge time is about 4.5 hours.

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