MINI’s parent, BMW, is trying to put its best environmental foot forward in its support of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. In addition to supplying low-emission vehicles for the games, BMW has also provided a fleet of 160 1-Series ActiveE models, used by broadcasters and athletes to get to and from events. MINI has provided 40 copies of its MINI E electric car as well, used primarily for operations support and for the Olympic Torch Relay events. As the eyes of the world are on London, MINI thought it would be an opportune time to debut its latest electric model, the Mini...
2012 BMW ActiveE: First Drive
If you’ve driven a Nissan Leaf, you’ll agree that while the near-instantaneous torque provided by its electric motor system from standstill can be intoxicating in itself at first, the Leaf is SO not a performance car. With soft, Prius-like dynamics and Prius-like looks, the Leaf appeals...Bengt Halvorson
BMW ActiveE Initial Driving Impressions
Fresh from his drive of Rolls-Royce’s 102EX electric Phantom prototype, High Gear Media’s green car expert and editor of Green Car Reports John Voelcker has now driven the very first BMW ActiveE all-electric 1-Series to be delivered to a customer in North America. That car was delivered...Viknesh Vijayenthiran
Blowin' In The Wind: Turbines To Power BMW Leipzig Factory
However green cars are able to get, the process of building thousands of them every year still isn't particularly environmentally friendly. The manufacturers are doing all they can to improve this. GM's Detroit-Hamtramck factory that produces the Chevrolet Volt is equipped with several solar panel...Antony Ingram
BMW ActiveE Gets Some Behind-The-Scenes Action: Video
Ever wondered what the BMW ActiveE looks like while it's rolling through the plant, innards exposed to the open air? Here's your answer. The 1-Series bodies in white glide through the Leipzig plant as they are built up into BMW's all-electric, lease-only ActiveE coupe. As it's being build, BMW...Nelson Ireson
BMW ActiveE Leases Start This Fall At $499/Mo. With $2,250 Down
If you're looking to jump on the latest advanced powertrain bandwagon, it won't be all that expensive: the BMW ActiveE is going on lease this fall for $499 per month on a 24 month contract with $2,250 due at signing. Only 700 will be available, so competition for the cars will be fierce. The...Nelson Ireson
The future is electric, and BMW knows it as well as anyone despite the fact that the only EVs put out by the company have thus far been limited-distribution, lease-only development cars. The ActiveE doesn't change that, but it's another step down the path to a full-production BMW EV. The ActiveE marks the second phase of BMW's EV development program, following the MINI E of 2009-10. The next phase will be the upcoming Mega City Vehicle (MCV). For the ActiveE, BMW is planning to lease over 1,000 cars in the U.S., Europe, and China. Feedback from this process will go into the production-bound...