BMW is on a mission (not from God) to create something grander than just an electric vehicle. The German automaker's stated mission is to reshape history and "redefine the boundaries of the way we live, and the way we move."

The next step of the mission starts soon, using the all-electric 2012 BMW Active E. But first, BMW is seeking 700 mobility pioneers to lead this "all-electric era," specialized individuals who the German automaker has dubbed "Electronauts."

The steps to becoming one of BMW's pioneering Electronauts are simple. First, you'll fill out an Active E reservation form. Next, you'll complete a charging station consultation. Lastly, you'll sign a closed-end, two-year, $499-a-month lease. Follow the jump to discover, via a 90-second clip, what becoming one of BMW's history-reshaping Electronauts entails.


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      Carnut0913
      • 3 Years Ago
      make it an i8 and I'm in
      Actionable Mango
      • 3 Years Ago
      So you pay $12,000 in order to test a car for them? That's pretty neat. Usually companies would have to pay people to be testers.
        Ak74
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Actionable Mango
        its a lease. Check out Volts lease. $800 a month
          Elmo
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Ak74
          But are you a tester of the Volt? No, you aren't.
      TheLinkster
      • 3 Years Ago
      Wonderful, BMW isnt looking for any testers in the Metro Detroit Area. Please BMW, PLEASE!
      KDAWG
      • 3 Years Ago
      Dan Frederickson's favorite article of the year
        • 3 Years Ago
        @KDAWG
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      Msterbee
      • 3 Years Ago
      I like this Electronaut better: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mnbN81DCQBo
      todddcrook
      • 3 Years Ago
      Looking forward to the ActiveE. Currently driving the MINI E and love the all electric experience. 45k miles and climbing. Will have the car until ActiveE is available and then be transitioning to the new car. Can't wait!
      • 3 Years Ago
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        Elmo
        • 3 Years Ago
        I wouldn't have downvoted and responded to you like this if that video had the sound of the cars instead of music. But you had to go and spam something that isn't even relevant to the article you commented on except that it had a BMW in it. Thank you for filling our comment sections up with more utter BS that we don't care about.
      Lachmund
      • 3 Years Ago
      so you pay 500 a month for a 1 series?!
      MichaelMM
      • 3 Years Ago
      Sweet! Do you mean I get the chance to help BMW make just under $8.4M - WHILE - being a beta tester for.... Oh, I'm sorry... While having the privilege of being a beta tester for them. As rightly mentioned earlier, and last time I checked, testers are paid for their efforts. Not the other way around. They can market it however they want, but in the end that's what's happening. Electronauts? More like Electronuts.
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