BMW has started crushing some of the ActiveE prototypes which have reached the end of their lifespan.

BMW has started crushing some of the ActiveE prototypes which have reached the end of their lifespan.

Seeing so many BMWs being crushed is not very pleasant but these were prototypes part of a test fleet program which has ended. The ActiveE was an important project for the Bavarian marque during development of the i3 but the cars are no longer useful since BMW doesn't have the legal right to commercialize them.

However, not all of them are being crushed as some prototypes will be available for a limited amount of time through Drive Now, representing BMW's car sharing service in the San Francisco Bay Area. The fleet now contains 150 units while other ActiveEs have been sent back to Munich for conducting "additional research markets." Moreover, BMW says all lithium-ion batteries are being extracted from the cars and will be reused in Battery Second Life research projects.

Note: The attached image shows 8 (out of 16) crushed ActiveE units on a flatbed trailer on California Route 91 near Los Angeles.

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