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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 envisions early electric vehicles as niche rides for urban dwellers
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    BMW is known for delivering the "Ultimate Driving Machine," words that don't really conjure up images of tiny city cars that rarely get a chance to exceed 40 miles per hour. So, it's somewhat surprising that the company's first mass-produced electric vehicle (EVs) will be targeted at urbanites in need of basic transport. Why has BMW chosen the Megacity ...

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    BMW announces one millionth 1 Series built
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    According to BMW, the 1-Series is selling like tequila at spring break. The small-scale Bimmer may not have exactly received a warm embrace from big-boned Americans, but sales of the 1 have been good enough around the globe for the company to build over a million examples. The 1-Series has only been on the market since 2004, and is still in its first ...

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    BMW: Actually, we're planning on more than 200 ActiveE units for the U.S.
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    There was news last week that BMW's upcoming lease program for the BMW ActiveE concept, an all-electric 1 Series, would be limited to 200 units in the U.S. BMW would like everyone to know that final distribution numbers for the ActiveE program have not yet been decided, but that there will be at least twice that many here. BMW announced today that the ...

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    Report: BMW will offer up to 700 urbanites an electric 1 series lease *UPDATE
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    BMW said recently that participants in the Mini E lease program were "Delighted with [the] Electric Vehicle Experience." The Mini E, though, will probably seem totally lame compared to the production version of the BMW ActiveE concept (an all-electric 1 Series). After all, who doesn't like a rear seat? Oh, and the 100 mile range per charge and a 90 mile ...

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    DC 2010: BMW says Mini E drivers "delighted" with their electric cars
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    BMW released some of the findings of a study conducted with University of California – Davis yesterday about how participants in the Mini E test program adapted to their small electric vehicles (EVs). The BMW message was totally upbeat – the headline was "Mini E Drivers Delighted with Electric Vehicle Experience" – but the reality isn't ...

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    Detroit 2010: BMW ActiveE concept is all charged up and ready to go
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    At first glance, the BMW ActiveE concept is little more than a 1 Series with a questionable paint job. Seriously, the ActiveE looks like it's been sniffing blue paint. However, should you choose to look more closely, you will notice it's missing tailpipes. Also, someone ripped off the fuel-filler door. There's a blue light on the back of the antenna, ...

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    BMW ActiveE
    Detroit 2010: BMW ActiveE concept is all charged up and ready to go
    1263245280

    At first glance, the BMW ActiveE concept is little more than a 1 Series with a questionable paint job. Seriously, the ActiveE looks like it's been sniffing blue paint. However, should you choose to look more closely, you will notice it's missing tailpipes. Also, someone ripped off the fuel-filler door. There's a blue light on the back of the antenna, ...

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    BMW trademarks "Countryman" for Mini crossover name?
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    Thanks to a few eagle-eyed BMW fans with a handy penchant for tracking trademark filings, we may know the name of the upcoming and oft-spied Mini crossover: the Countryman. If this is indeed the case, the badge would go hand-in-hand with BMW's current naming convention for its Mini line, which includes the extended-length Clubman in addition to the ...

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    BMW trademarks "ActiveE" name for future electric car?
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    Thanks to some eagle-eyed BMW fans with a handy penchant for tracking trademark filings by the Bavarian automaker, we now know that the company has registered the name ActiveE. It's completely plausible that the moniker could be applied to the automaker's upcoming electric vehicles, since it matches up quite nicely with BMW's present ActiveHybrid series. ...

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