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 ActiveE fleet "will be at least as large as the MINI E fleet which is currently in operation. There are 450 MINI Es on the road in the US right now."
The point BMW is trying to make is that it is totally committed to electric drive vehicles. For example, drivers of the Mini E who are enjoying their vehicles – something BMW says is common – and want to extend their leases by a year will be able to do so. The Mini E will be "prominently featured" at the upcoming New York Auto Show, and we'll see if we can't track down more details about the upcoming ActiveE program at that time.
BMW Group Commitment to Electric Vehicle Development Unwavering
Published reports create inaccurate impression of size of upcoming BMW ActiveE field trial fleet
Woodcliff Lake, NJ – March 8, 2010... Recent published reports have incorrectly stated that the size of the fleet of BMW ActiveEs that will be deployed during the BMW Group's second-phase field trial in the US will be limited to 200 vehicles. While the exact size of the fleet has yet to be confirmed, it will be at least as large as the MINI E fleet which is currently in operation. There are 450 MINI Es on the road in the US right now. They are being driven by a dedicated group of individuals and select fleet users.
"I would hate for anyone to get the impression that we are backing away from our commitment to EV development or the Megacity Vehicle project. Let me reassure you that nothing could be further from the truth," said Rich Steinberg, Manager – Electric Vehicle Operations and Strategy. "With one of the largest fleet of electric vehicles in operation today, we are learning a great deal. Those lessons have already been applied in our development work. One example is the liquid heating and cooling capability for the batteries in the upcoming BMW ActiveE. This will help to optimize operating range in conditions of extreme hot and cold climates. Others include the four-seat capacity of the BMW ActiveE and it seven cubic-feet of trunk space. More than anything we have been impressed with the dedication and enthusiasm that MINI E drivers have brought to this project."
In preparation for the upcoming BMW ActiveE field trial, which will begin in 2011, the BMW Group announced at the North American International Auto Show in January that it will offer one-year lease extensions to current MINI E lessees.
The MINI E will be prominently featured at the New York International Auto Show from April 2 – 11. Information about the BMW Concept ActiveE can be found at www.bmwusanews.com.