2011 BMW ActiveE at Geneva review and pictures

Posted on Thursday, 3 March 2011 , 11:03:45 byDan

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BMW ActiveE at Geneva

German carmaker BMW developed the new BMW Concept ActiveE at the beginning of 2010. This model is actually the next systematic step towards an emission-free mass-produced electric vehicle of the BMW Group. Their main focus is on the concept of a Megacity Vehicle that meets the demands of a sustainable mobility solution for congested urban areas. Starting 2011 in the US, EUROPE and China, a test fleet of over 1000 BMW Concept ActiveE vehicles, produced at the Leipzig plant, will provide further valuable insights into the everyday use of the vehicle. Thanks to the BMW Concept ActiveE model, the Germans are extending field tests on electric mobility with a clear perspective of series-production capability and are intensifying research into electric mobility in everyday road traffic. With the BMW Concept ActiveE, the future of individual mobility combining driving pleasure with CO2-free driving is one step closer. The model has a power output of 125 kW and 250 Nm of torque. This amount of power enables the car to accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h in 9.0 seconds. The newly conceived lithium-ion energy storage units facilitate a vehicle range of approximately 160 km in everyday operation. The BMW Concept ActiveE is a conversion car that has as base the body shell of a vehicle with a combustion engine. It integrates all electric drive components such as energy storage unit, electric motor and power electronics in a vehicle body that was not originally intended for this purpose, but without compromising on space or comfort in the interior. The exterior and the interior design is virtually the same as that of the series production vehicle. The concept is equipped with three large energy storage units that are positioned in the area where the engine block, power transmission to the rear wheels and the tank are to be found in a vehicle with a combustion engine. In order to achieve the best possible range, the BMW Concept ActiveE is the first limited production electric vehicle in which part of the high voltage storage units is integrated into the front end of the vehicle at the cowl.