Friday, January 15, 2010

2010 Detroit – The Eco-Friendly BMW ActiveE Concept

BMW ActiveE Concept

BMW ActiveE Concept

Blue’s the Theme. Complete with an interesting all-blue circuit graphics, a set of interesting blue-trimmed tires, and slightly over-sized branding on the sides, BMW debuted its EV 1-Series concept, the ActiveE Concept at the 2010 Detroit Auto Show. The ActiveE is a result of BMW’s constant efforts at research and development to produce a concept car of electric mobility intended for everyday use by individuals and select fleet customers in urban areas.

With an instant pick-up of 100km/hr in 9 secs (0-60 mph in approx. 8.5 seconds), its highest speed is 145km/hr and the maximum range remains just under 160km or 100 miles. The speed is definitely affected – it is half a second slower than its earlier electric version. It uses a 170 horsepower motor fixed at the rear axle with a torque of 184 lb-ft making it a rear-wheel drive, thereby, preserving the classic BMW feel of sheer pleasure while driving.

The other features include a 125 kilo-Watt motor provided by a lithium ion battery that is liquid cooled. Charge time of the battery varies depending on the location – In North America, using a high-current (32 ampere continuous) residential wall box, the charge time is about 4.5 hours. While in Europe, the battery pack can be fully charged in as little as 3 hours with a current of 50 ampere at 230/240 volts.

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