BMW’s new 1-series-coupe-based ActiveE is an electric car. Active E doesn’t have an engine but has a motor. The space of the engine has been utilized by a huge battery pack which is a actually equivalent to a size of a big luggage bag. This is vehicle which has been launched after MINI E under the BMW’s group project i. This all electric BMW Active E was tossed to the public at the North American International Auto Show. This show was conducted in January 2010 in Detroit. The four seater rear wheel drive started is field testing in early this year in United States. This mega city automobile will be launched in the market in 2013 under the new BMW i sub brand.
The electric wonder BMW Active E is being described as an electronaut by its test users. This eco wonder has a 32 Kwh lithium-ion battery pack with a range of 100 miles (160 kms). This car will keep you on the go as you can stay connected and informed using your iPhone via the free BMW app for Active E to get information related to charging stations nearby or the current battery status and more. The app can also help you control the climate of your car – heating and air conditioning mechanisms. Increasing the efficiency of your batteries, BMW Active E can be charged practically from anywhere anytime using a normal socket. What more? You can have your own charging station by installing a wallbox With power consumption equivalent to an electric cooker; this feature can provide you with energy on the move. With a complete charge within 4-5 hours, the high voltage batteries are one of the best technologies available today. The strategic position of batteries under the bonnet gives helps lower the center of gravity in Active E. On days when heavy traffic is a cause of worry, this will give you some relief as it a one pedal drive in heavy traffic
The aerodynamics play an important role in the design of the BMW Active E as great attention has been laid on the aerodynamically optimized curves of the car’s body. The silver blue stickers add a touch of BMW appeal to the vehicle. The stickers flowing through the curvy body help in exemplifying the circuits of the electronic Active E. The LED accent lights along with special air inlets in the front reduce the air turbulence on the front. This also adds to the aerodynamic nature of this eco car.
BMW’s Active E has an acceleration that is smooth, quick and linear. Cruising easily on the highway, this car takes 8.5 seconds to reach sixty miles per hour which is like 97 km/h and a top speed of 90 mph which is equivalent to 140 km/h. The EcoPro mode adds to its green attribute by shutting down the defrosters and playing a googly with the climate control to increase the efficiency by 10 percent. BMW 1 series coupe provides a base for the BMW Active E model. The driving pleasure combined with an advanced drive technology makes it a perfect choice for all the eco lovers. The rear wheel drive and balanced axle load supply offer a great driving pleasure. The three blocks of high voltage batteries which are placed where the engine compartment lies traditionally, are connected through high voltage cables and control the electric motor which is placed on the rear axle. These handmade batteries including rear axle and motor are preassembled by the engineers and offer a customary treatment to every model. Propelling 60 mph in 9 seconds, this BMW series will give you enough torque, about 184 lb-ft as soon as you pedal aloud. Using electricity from renewable resources, it helps in sustainable energy generation.
The model is being leased currently during the field testing period.
The interiors are as flashy as compared to the BMW 1 series coupe due to the Pearl Grey Dakota leather upholstery. The blue decorative stitching adds to the zeal. The four seater drive includes facilities like seat heating which can be adjusted to meet individual needs. The car display gives you enough room to maintain an optimum speed to achieve full range. The comfortable leather upholstery along with enough boot space makes it an ideal choice for joint trip excursions and every day shopping.
Comfort and safety:
The Active E is said to meet the safety requirements stated by its engineers. BMW Active E remains safe and current free even in state of a collision. Acceleration sensors of airbags, temperature requirements of batteries or the charge level – all these parameters are being tested for the final crash tests. In case of an emergency, the batteries are being programmed to get disconnected from the electrical supply and ensure that all modules are discharged immediately. Active E is as comfortable as the 1 series coupe. The four seats and two hundred liters of luggage space offers you great comfort and luxury along with convenience features that only an electric car is capable of.
On days when heavy traffic is a cause of worry, this will give you some relief as it a one pedal drive in heavy traffic
The electric motor being audible under load as comapared to its counterparts might disappoint some of its fans.