In the summer of 2011, the BMW 1-Series ActiveE field trial will begin. According to the carmaker, the participants will include the New York metro market and the Greater Los Angeles Area, the metropolitan market of San Diego, Greater San Francisco and Sacramento areas, and Boston.
BMW said that this ActiveE field trial will make use of the experience gained during the MINI E field trial, which is already in its second year.
It’s anticipated that the BMW Group will build on the experience gained in this second-phase trial for the launch of its purpose-designed Megacity Vehicle in 2013.
Rich Steinberg, Manager of Electric Vehicle Operations and Strategy for BMW of North America, said that BMW is recognized for being the “first automaker to put 450 electric vehicles on US roads for daily use.” He said that they “gained so much insight” from the MINI E pioneers in the past year.
Steinberg also pointed out that partners including the City of New York's Mayor's Office, the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power and Southern California Edison are vital to the program’s success.
He said that the trial will be done in more markets and that the company is looking forward to “even greater collaboration with the BMW ActiveE." The BMW ActiveE is equipped with a new synchronous electric motor that gives an output of 170 bhp and a maximum torque of 250 Nm of torque.
BMW claims that this vehicle can go from zero to 62 mph in 9 seconds or less and achieve an electronically limited top speed of about 145 km/h (90 mph). This EV’s most significant feature is its range of 160 km/100 miles on a single charge.