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2011 BMW ActiveE

BMW Gets Electrified, But Am I? For over a year, I've been looking for a way to get into an electric vehicle, but my options have been decidedly limited. I'm either lacking the funds (Tesla Roadster) or the alternatives have lacked character (Mitsubishi i, Focus Electric). But now there's this: The 2011 BMW ActiveE. It's the next step for BMW in electrification – a bridge between the Mini E and the forthcoming i3 – that takes a standard 1 Series Coupe and adds a brace of batteries and electric motor to create a rear-wheel-drive sports coupe with a 100-mile range. Even... Read More

Vital Stats

Engine:
125 kW electric motor
Power:
168 HP / 184 LB-FT
Transmission:
Single-Speed
MSRP:
$2,250 down/$499 month
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    BMW crushing ActiveE EVs, saving all batteries
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    It's unlikely to spark a movement and a movie, the way a certain EV1 did a decade ago, but anyone who's seen Who Killed The Electric Car? will likely cringe at this bit of news. Despite the fact that crushing and recycling old vehicles is standard operating procedure in the auto industry, when EVs are involved, it's always a touchy subject. The next ...

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    BMW adds on-street parking to DriveNow carsharing in SF
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    BMW is putting a new spin on the concept of the San Francisco treat. The German automaker cut a deal to clear out 80 street-parking spaces for its DriveNow car-sharing program in the notoriously parking-constrained City by the Bay. Bimmer is also more than doubling its all-electric ActiveE car-sharing fleet in San Francisco to 150 vehicles from ...

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    Recalls: BMW recalling 1 Series ActiveE over bad drivetrain housing
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    There are always growing pains when automakers introduce new technologies. BMW is learning this with the electric powetrain used on the 2011 BMW ActiveE. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, about half of the all-electric 1 Series coupes currently in the hands of the public are being recalled for a potential problem that could ...

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    BMW expands all-electric ActiveE testing in Leipzig
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    Since too much information isn't exactly possible in some situations, BMW is continuing its electric vehicle user study in Leipzig, Germany. The automaker is working with TU Chemnitz (University of Technology) and Stadwerke Leipzig municipal utility to conduct an electromobility study with long-distance commuters in 15 BMW ActiveE EVs in the Leipzig ...

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    BMW offers history lesson on 40 years of electric vehicle efforts
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    If nothing else, we can thank BMW for giving us the rare opportunity to post a picture of one of its classic, super-boxy '70s models. In this case, it's an electrified version of its 1602, the progenitor to the popular 2002. The 1602 was the German automaker's first foray into electric-vehicle production, and the company made two of them to ferry ...

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    BMW gets "Born Electric" on tour, lays out electric vehicle, carbon fiber plans
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    For the Los Angeles Auto Show next week, BMW will show off a new i3 concept – "admittedly a tease," we were told – and not some sort of plug-in i4, as had been rumored. While we won't be seeing the production version of the city electric, the good news is that each iteration of the concept does bring us closer to the production version. For ...

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    BMW introduces DriveNow carsharing, ParkNow service to San Francisco
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    A little over a year ago, BMW announced its DriveNow partnership with Sixt. That car-sharing service – which is active in three cities in Germany: Berlin, Munich and Dusseldorf – made its U.S. debut in San Francisco in June. Today, BMW gave more details on the San Francisco service and announced the upcoming launch of ParkNow. DriveNow is a ...

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    BMW's ActiveE gets all the greener with Green Mountain solar partnership
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    Most anyone who follows the plug-in vehicle scene is familiar with at least one electric-vehicle driver whose car is "powered by sunlight" because of a solar-panel power-supply system at home. If you don't know such a person, you can meet one. Or, with BMW and Green Mountain Energy, you can easily become one. The German automaker and the utility company ...

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    Electric vehicle fan says solar-powered EVs cut monthly driving costs in half
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    The solar panels are a big help. Our friend Peder Norby says his family's monthly transportation expenses for his two electric cars – a BMW ActiveE and Honda Fit EV are about half those for the two gas cars he and his wife used to drive. Norby calculates that the ActivE and Fit EV cost a combined $1,082 a month in lease payments and insurance, ...

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    Refuel 2012 is undoubtedly the best Refuel ever [w/video]
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    Three years ago, when the very first Refuel event was held at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, it was a relatively small affair with a smattering of vehicles in attendance. With the fourth edition of this electric vehicle-centric happening now complete, it's amazing to see how much has changed. And, how some things haven't. First, what has changed. Back in ...

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    BMW 1 Series ActiveE recalled over power steering woes
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    BMW and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration have announced that the 1 Series ActiveE is being recalled. We don't imagine many of those reading this are owners of the recalled machine since the first ActiveE was just delivered to a paying customer in January of this year and the cars are only available in Los Angeles, San Diego, Sacramento, ...

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    BMW gets sunny with ActiveE drivers, offers deal with Real Goods Solar
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    Think of them as hippies in yuppie clothing. That's the idea behind the deal BMW and solar-panel system installer Real Goods Solar is offering drivers of the German automaker's battery-electric ActiveE vehicles. BMW is working with the Louisville, CO-based solar-panel system installer to give lessees of BMW's battery-electric ActiveEs a break on ...

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    BMW looks back at 40 years of electomobility in 70 seconds [w/video]
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    Every now and again, we get reminded that BMW has been working on all-electric powertrains for decades. In 2009, we put together a gallery of some of the automaker's electric prototypes through the years, like the electric 1602 you see above. In a new video, BMW compacts the work it has done on electromobility since the 1970s into a short video, just over ...

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    BMW, Tendril will build demonstration home 'wired' for ActivE electric vehicle
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    BMW and Boulder, CO-based energy management company Tendril will build a demonstration home designed to power BMW's ActiveE electric vehicle while minimizing the home and the car's carbon footprint, the New York Times reported. The home, which will be built at BMW's San Francisco Bay Area technology office by this March, will have "smart" thermostats, ...

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    BMW ActiveE enrollment process now open in test markets
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    It isn't every day that BMW offers an electric vehicle, but the ActiveE is just that. The German luxury car maker is now accepting applications for 700 ActiveE "Electronauts" in the test markets of Boston, Hartford, New York, Los Angeles, Sacramento, San Diego and San Francisco. The hand-raisers will need to complete a charging station consultation with ...

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    Official: BMW ActiveE enrollment process now open in test markets
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    It isn't every day that BMW offers an electric vehicle, but the ActiveE is just that. The German luxury car maker is now accepting applications for 700 ActiveE "Electronauts" in the test markets of Boston, Hartford, New York, Los Angeles, Sacramento, San Diego and San Francisco. The hand-raisers will need to complete a charging station consultation with ...

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    BMW delivers first U.S. ActiveE electric vehicle
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    BMW has delivered its ActiveE electric vehicle to its first U.S. customers, as the German automaker enters the next phase of its domestic EV testing after the Mini E. Tom and Meredith Moloughney, who were one of the original testers of the Mini E in 2009, represent the first of about 700 households that will take two-year leases on the ActiveE vehicles ...

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    After 36,000 solar-powered miles, MiniE driver ready to make the switch to BMW ActiveE (and an SUV)
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    The name Peder Norby should be familiar to anyone who's been involved with BMW's all-electric MiniE program. The driver of MiniE #183 has put 36,000 sun-powered miles on his EV and has long been a strong proponent of getting more people to make the shift to electric vehicles. His latest target? His wife Julie, who will be using the upcoming ActiveE when ...

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    2012 BMW ActiveE
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    How does one make the decision to put $2,250 down and then pay $499 a month for a 24-month lease of an all-electric BMW? Autoblog's Damon Lavrinc is currently working out his personal answer to this exact question about the 2012 BMW ActiveE and recently got the chance to test out the all-electric 1 Series in the streets around Munich. Anyone considering ...

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    First Drive: 2011 BMW ActiveE
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    BMW Gets Electrified, But Am I? For over a year, I've been looking for a way to get into an electric vehicle, but my options have been decidedly limited. I'm either lacking the funds (Tesla Roadster) or the alternatives have lacked character (Mitsubishi i, Focus Electric). But now there's this: The 2011 BMW ActiveE. It's the next step for BMW in ...

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