BMW delivers first ActiveE car to the first of 700 U.S. based Electronauts
In July 2009 BMW launched the Mini-E program in which several hundred "Pioneers" who would lease a converted electric Mini Cooper in exchange for giving BMW feedback and data about real world electric car usage. Today BMW launched the second phase of BMW's "projject i", their electric car program, by delivering an ActiveE to Tom and Meredith Moloughny, who were previously participants in the Mini-E program, driving Mini-E #250.
The ActiveE delivered today to the Moloughny's car is a limited production electric car based on a BMW series 1 coupe. It is built with drive train and electronics equipment BMW intends to use in production of the BMW i3 and i8 scheduled to go into mass production some time in 2013. It is a two-door coupe, with seating for four, and a full trunk in the rear. The 32 kilowatt-hour battery pack provides a 100 mile range, and the 125 kilowatt (170 horsepower) motor provides maximum torque of 250 Nm / 184 lb-ft and 0-60 times of around 8 seconds.
The liquid cooled battery pack is built by BMW using cells explicitly, designed for automotive use, from SB LiMotive. The car is arranged so that no cargo or passenger space is lost, unlike on the Mini-E's where the back seat was taken up by the battery pack. According to Tom Moloughny, the first ActiveE recipient, that the ActiveE "feels like any other series production car would".