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BMW Announces Markets for US ActiveE Field Trial

Markets which will participate in the BMW ActiveE (earlier post) US field trial when it begins in summer 2011 include the New York metro market; the Greater Los Angeles Are; San Diego; the Greater San Francisco and Sacramento areas; select markets in Connecticut; and Boston.

The BMW ActiveE field trial will build on the experience gained during the MINI E field trial, now in its second year. Experience gained in this second-phase trial will prepare the BMW Group for the launch of its purpose-designed Megacity Vehicle in 2013.

Based on the chassis of a BMW 1 Series Coupe, the ActiveE features a newly developed electric drivetrain and a lithium-ion battery-packed developed in cooperation with SB-LiMotive. It offers four passenger seating and approximately seven cubic-feet of luggage capacity.

Acceleration from 0-60 mph requires approximately 8.5 seconds. The maximum speed of the vehicle is electronically limited at around 90 mph (145 km/h).

For the first time, storage cells are used which were developed especially for use in automobiles by the BMW Group in collaboration with the cooperation partner SB LiMotive. The lithium-ion batteries of the BMW Concept ActiveE have their own liquid cooling system and intelligent battery management system, which are key elements in increasing both the storage capacity and the durability of the battery cells.

The storage system developed for the BMW Concept ActiveE enables a real-world range of about 100 miles (161 km) on a single charge, depending on conditions, according to BMW.


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