While the new i sub-brand is getting all the buzz, BMW has just pulled the wraps off the 2012 ActiveE.

Essentially an evolution of the MINI E, the ActiveE is based on the 1-Series coupe and features a unique appearance with modified fascias, a power dome hood, "circuit-inspired graphics," and lightweight 16-inch alloy wheels with low-rolling resistance tires.

Inside, the cabin boasts Dakota leather upholstery, Alpine White trim, and a new eDrive display which shows battery related information. Furthermore, iPhone owners can download a BMW ConnectedDrive app which allows them to remotely precondition the battery, check charging status, and lock / unlock the vehicle's doors.

The ActiveE is motivated by a 32 kWh lithium-ion battery which sends power to an electric motor that develops 170 PS (125 kW / 168 PS) and 250 Nm (184 lb-ft) of torque. This enables the car to accelerate from 0-100 km/h in nine seconds, hit a limited top speed of 145 km/h (90 mph), and travel approximately 160 km (100 miles) on a single charge. When the battery is depleted, it can be fully-recharged in 16 to 20 hours with a standard household outlet (110 V/ 16 A) or four to five hours with a rapid charger (240 V/ 32 A).

Over 1,000 ActiveEs will be built and they will be available for lease in select cities in Europe, China, and the United States.

Check out the press release for additional information

Gallery: 2012 BMW ActiveE plugs into Geneva

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