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BMW Active E – Click above to watch video after the jump

BMW's latest video details the start of production of the battery-powered Active E – the zero-emissions vehicle that, just a few short years ago, seemed no more than a dream to Mirco Schwarze, team leader at BMW's facility in Leipzig, Germany. Going from dream to reality in three years, the Active E is BMW's answer to the question, "what's next?"

Official lease pricing for the 1 Series Active E is $499 a month for 24 months, with $2,250 due at signing. BMW isn't citing exact output figures for the Active E, but it is quoting a 0 to 60 miles per hour time of a few ticks under nine seconds and an estimated range of 100 miles with its liquid-cooled lithium-ion battery pack.

Reservations for the Active E kick off this summer. Looking to get in on the electric Bimmer action? Click here then hit the jump to go inside Leipzig and see production of the Active E get underway.

[Source: YouTube]

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    • 1 Second Ago
      Aaron Gleason
      • 3 Years Ago
      The terms of the lease say you CANNOT purchase this vehicle at the end of the lease. Crushed cars seems like the inevitable conclusion. :(
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Aaron Gleason
        They will probably be stripped down. This is the same basic powertrain that will be used in the i3. My guess is BMW will be looking at the wear and tear on the components. Crushing them would reduce the data they can glean from the cars.
      • 3 Years Ago
      He looks like the typical BMW douchebag.
        Marco Polo
        • 3 Years Ago
        Stop it, DF, you are not fooling anyone! Investing a new persona for these stupid comments is just plain pathetic.
        2 Wheeled Menace
        • 3 Years Ago
        You sound like a typical douchebag..
      • 3 Years Ago
      Worth it IMO....I'd rather pay for the car than for the fuel.
      2 Wheeled Menace
      • 3 Years Ago
      $14,500 for 2 years of driving a BMW... That's actually not too bad compared to leasing a gas-powered one. I believe a 3 series lease is within the $400 per month range.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Will they be crushed at the end of the 24 months? I hope not.
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