The Bmw Vision ConnectedDrive Concept from the 2011 Geneva Motor Show will not be the only new car from the Bavarian manufacturer, as we will also see the world premier of the ActiveE. Based on the Bmw 1-Series Coupe the new car is firm’s second electric test vehicle and promises to offer four seats and a luggage compartment of 200 litres.
According to Bmw, the new Bmw ActiveE is powered by an electric synchronous motor delivering 168 hp as well as a maximum torque of 250 Nm, and capable to push the car from 0 to 96 km/h (60 mph) in just 9.0 seconds and to a top speed electronically limited to 90 mph or 145 km/h.
As expected, the engine block, transmission and fuel tank are replaced by three large energy storage units containing lithium-ion cells, developed in conjunction with SB LiMotive.
These modules are protected by a steel-plate battery housing with integrated liquid cooling system, in order to keep the batteries at optimum operating temperature helping to increase the range.
As expected, the car can store the electricity created from kinetic energy back into the vehicle battery, and Bmw says that this recuperation of energy can increase the range by up to 20 per cent.
As a premiere, the Bmw ActiveE features an ‘intermediate position’ for the accelerator pedal which means that the car’s own kinetic energy is being used to move forward, without consuming energy from the batteries.
Furthermore, the car features the ECO PRO Mode and this means that the air conditioning system are programmed to use less energy and the accelerator demands less power with the same travel.
Regarding the design, the Bmw ActiveE features circuit inspired graphics, a scoop in the bonnet and a closed rear apron, with no exhaust pipes.
The interior features Pearl Grey Dakota leather seats with Blue contrasting seams, along with a revised instrument cluster are the main indicators of the electric drivetrain. Instead of the traditional fuel gauge and rev counters the dials show the level of charge left in the battery and the amount of energy.
The car can be charged using 32-ampere wallbox in five hours, or overnight from a conventional domestic socket. Starting in 2011, a test fleet of over 1,000 BMW ActiveE vehicles will be trialed in the USA, Europe and China.