On the eve of the New York Auto Show, BMW has released a flurry of eco-minded announcements. Details inside

On the eve of the New York Auto Show, BMW has released a flurry of eco-minded announcements.

First up, the company has confirmed the ActiveE will be available this fall - in Los Angeles, San Diego, San Francisco, Sacramento, New York, Boston and the state of Connecticut - with a two-year lease priced at $499 per month and a down payment of $2,250. As we have previously reported, the car is based on the 1-Series Coupe and has a 32 kWh lithium-ion battery which sends power to an electric motor that develops 168 hp (125 kW / 170 PS) and 184 lb-ft (250 Nm) of torque. It enables the car to accelerate from 0-60 mph in "under nine seconds," hit a limited top speed of 90 mph (145 km/h), and travel approximately 100 miles (160 km) on a single charge.

Likewise, the BMW Z4 sDrive28i will also be launched in the fall. It features a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that develops 240 hp (179 kW / 243 PS) and 260 lb-ft (352 Nm) of torque. This is 15 hp (11 kW / 15 PS) less and 40 lb-ft (54 Nm) more than the outgoing naturally-aspirated 3.0-liter inline six.

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