BMW ActiveE electric car available in USA in fall 2011?

2011 BMW ActiveE electric car

There’s a new fully electric car in town. It’s the BMW ActiveE electric car, and it’s a fully electric vehicle based on the sporty, driver friendly BMW 1 series platform.

According to reporting at CNET, 700 of the new BMW electric cars will come to the United States this fall by lease only. It will be a 24 month lease that will cost $499 per month, with $2,250 down.

BMW plans to use feedback from the leasing experiment to incorporate into a line of fully electric cars that you can purchase, later.

Here’s the BMW manufacturer page for the ActiveE car, for more information.

BMW ActiveE electric automobile stats

ActiveE Energy consumption
Combined: 14 kWh/100 km
Urban: 10,5 kWh/100 km
Extra-urban: 16,0 kWh/100 km

ActiveE Charging times
4–5 h at 230 V, 32 A
8–10 h at 230 V, 16 A connected to a standard three-wire socket

Here’s what BMW says about the electric motor:

“The electric motor sits directly on the rear axle – with no clutch, manual or automatic transmission. As a synchronous motor it develops its full torque from a standing start and accelerates the BMW ActiveE to 100 km/h in 9 seconds. Top speed is limited to 145 km/h, which is suitable for everyday use.

Furthermore, the electric motor of the BMW ActiveE also acts as a generator and supplies the high-voltage batteries with the kinetic energy liberated as soon as the driver releases the accelerator. In urban traffic, braking with the engine alone is sufficient in 75 per cent of all cases. The footbrake thus becomes – almost – superfluous. The effect is to extend the range of the BMW ActiveE by up to 20 per cent. In this way, you can enjoy 160 km of driving pleasure under real-life conditions without emissions. With the air conditioning or heating on the maximum setting, the range is somewhat lower, but correspondingly higher when exploited to the optimum and with support from the Eco Pro mode.”

Anyone plan to see if they are able to lease one of these?

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