Electric vehicles are the future, at least according to many carmakers which are heavily investing in the technology. One such company is BMW, which has just presented its newest electric concept, the 1 Series ActiveE, which will join the electric push alongside the Mini E model, which is already being tested in Oxford, UK.
The ActiveE will be the second part of BMW’s Project i, which aims at building a reliable electric fleet, which will be showcased at the 2012 London Olympics. The new model will use an electric motor, placed on the rear axle, which develops 170 HP and 184 lb-ft of torque, taking the car from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in less than nine seconds, and up to an electronically-limited 90 mph. The lithium-ion batteries will be grouped into two parts, one instead of the regular fuel tank, and the other instead of the engine, at the front of the car, and will provide a range of around 100 miles, plenty for the average urban citizen, according to BMW.
Plenty of technologies will also be used to extend the range, including a system which recycles kinetic energy, which reportedly extends the distance the BMW ActiveE is capable by 20%. Other things like low-drag wheels which are wrapped in low-resistance tires will also be included in the model which is based on the 1 Series coupe version.
The BMW ActiveE is set to being testing next year with regular customers and in fleets through a leasing contract. You will be able to catch a glimpse of it at the Detroit Auto Show in January, next year. Until then, check out the photo gallery below.
Photo Gallery: BMW ActiveE Concept