Electric Speed

BMW"s all-electric Concept ActivE can go 100 miles on a single charge.
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On January 11, BMW released its first-ever all-electric vehicle, the BMW Concept ActiveE. The electric car falls under the car company's "project i" described as "an initiative to produce vehicles that explore solutions to minimize environmental impacts while preserving the kinetic driving experience that is the hallmark of the brand." In that way, the Concept ActivE is based on the BMW 1 Series Coupe—sporty, sleek and built for speed.

While the car can hit 60 miles per hour in a mere 8.5 seconds, its real claim to fame is that the Concept ActivE can last 100 miles on a single charge, thanks to a lithium-ion battery pack that contains a stable temperature regulation function. According to one report, it will take 4 ½ hours to fully charge the car in the U.S. using a residential wall box.

The vehicle was premiered at the Detroit International Auto Show, a follow-up from a diesel plug-in hybrid model offered in August and the company's Mini E, electric Minis that were leased to drivers last spring for road testing. Its electric concept car will offer the latest in technology—and not just under the hood. The Concept ActivE will be able to interface with an iPhone/smartphone app that will let the driver check the car's battery level or start the climate control system.

SOURCES: Bloomberg; Digital Trends.