BMW 1 Series electric concept

BMW has unveiled a new concept vehicle to signal the German marque’s approach to electric vehicles. The BMW Concept ActiveE is based on the BMW 1 Series Coupe and is BMW’s second electric vehicle after the Mini E.

The aim of the Concept ActiveE is to test out practicality of electric drive for every day use and BMW says it will also aim to deliver “driving pleasure” as one of the characteristics of a BMW.

BMW Concept ActiveE

To that end, the BMW Concept ActiveE follows BMW practice by retaining rear-wheel-drive. The drive system is also powerful enough for dynamic acceleration and the engineers have also aimed for a high level of efficiency, so that the vehicle can be practical beyond purely urban mobility.

Unlike the Mini (and other electric vehicles where battery storage takes up passenger or luggage space), the Concept ActiveE has four full-size seats and a 200-litre boot volume.

Powered comes from a new synchronous electric motor specially developed for this vehicle. Its maximum output is 170hp, the maximum torque of 250Nm is available from standing as is typical for electric motors and remains available over an unusually broad load range.

Predicted performance is acceleration 0-62 mph in less than 9 seconds. Maximum speed is predicted at around. 90 mph (electronically-limited). As with the MINI E, the real-world range is expected to be about 100 miles on a single charge, depending on conditions.

Flexible charging technology enables the lithium-ion battery pack to be recharged by a conventional power outlet at public charging stations or at a special wall box. On the European grid, the battery pack can be fully charged at a high-current power outlet (50 ampere) in as little as three hours.
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