BMW Releases the All-Electric ActiveE in the U.S.

BMW marked a new journey for its new all-electric vehicle, the ActiveE, when it landed in the United States late last week.  The EV is being tested out by Tom and Meredith Moloughney, who originally tested the MINI E electric car in 2009, and concluded that driving an EV in a daily commute can easily be done with little change to their daily routine.

One difference between the MINI EV and the BMW ActiveE is the BMW’s special Eco Pro Mode, which provides increased range.  On Eco Pro Mode, the accelerator will deliver less power and the heating and A/C systems will use less energy.  The system also provides tips on how the drive in the most efficient manner.

The ActiveE is powered by a permanent-magnet synchronous motor, which produces 170 horsepower and 184 lb-ft of torque, and runs on newly developed lithium-ion batteries.  The EV has a range of 100 miles when fully charged.

The BMW ActiveE is currently available on the East Coast in Boston and Hartford.

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