The first BMW all-eletric ActiveE was delivered in the US marking a new chapter of electric mobility for the premium brand.
Tom and Meredith Moloughney proudly received the first model and thus begins their two-year lease. Having also been part of the MINI E field trails back in 2009, the Moloughneys have become the first ActiveE Electronauts as BMW have labelled them.
"Calling the Moloughneys Pioneers is very appropriate because they have shown the world that an electric vehicle can absolutely serve one's daily driving needs without compromise," said Ludwig Willisch, President and CEO of BMW of North America. "We learned a lot from all of our experience with the MINI E and we are looking forward to learning more in these next two years with the BMW ActiveE as we prepare for the launch of the first BMW i models in 2013. We are pleased that Tom and Meredith have agreed to stay with us on this journey."
A total of 200 BMW Electronaughts will lease the new ActiveE for the two-year period. They are part of a new field trial that will gather further feedback ahead of the 2013 launch of the BMW i3.
The BMW ActiveE's power is provided by an electric motor that produces 170 hp (127 kW / 172 PS) and 184 lb-ft (249 Nm) of torque. It enables the car to accelerate from 0-60 mph in under nine seconds and hits a top speed of roughly 90 mph (145 km/h). It is capable of completing up to 100 miles (161 km) on a single charge.