BMW ActiveE Concept Revealed Ahead of Detroit Debut [Video]

BMW will be bringing an electrified version of the 1er Coupe to the NAIAS in January. What can people expect from the BMW ActiveE Concept? Details and photos inside.

BMW plans to unveil a new concept based on the 1-Series Coupe at the NAIAS in Detroit next month.  The BMW ActiveE Concept is the second electric vehicle to come from the company's project i, following the MINI E.

Like the MINI, engineers estimate the ActiveE would have a 160-kilometer (99.4 miles) single-charge range.  This is extended thanks to kinetic energy recuperation.  The car's liquid-cooled lithium-ion battery powers a 125 kW motor with a maximum torque of up to 250 Nm.  This allows the car to get from 0-60 km/h (37.2 mph) in about 4.5 seconds, hitting 100 km/h (62 mph) in nine seconds.  The car has an electronically limited top speed of 145 km/h (90 mph).

Weight may be this car's biggest problem.  It comes in at 1,800 kg (3968 lbs), roughly 350kg (772 lbs) more than the heaviest 1-Series, and 335kg (738 lbs) more than the MINI E.  In fact, the E is a full half-second faster to the 100 km/h mark.

Still, with leather seats and a 200 liter luggage capacity, there will be many potential customers interested in this car.  A full charge takes between three and five hours, depending on where you live.  Drivers will like the 50-50 weight distribution; passengers will enjoy the car's ability to provide a pre-heated or pre-cooled cabin.

With the relative success of the electrified MINI, it is no surprise that BMW itself would consider launching an EV under its own brand name.  If the vehicle is well-received, we can expect to see this car rolled out in a limited series production, like the MINI, with the possibility of a full-scale launch in the future.

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