BMW plans to reveal its new concept car based on the 1-Series Coupe at the North American International Auto Show next month
The BMW ActiveE Concept is the second electric vehicle to come from the company's Project i, following the Mini E.
BMW engineers estimate the ActiveE would have a 160km single-charge range, extended thanks to kinetic energy recuperation. A full charge takes between three and five hours.
The car's liquid-cooled lithium-ion battery powers a 125kW motor with a maximum torque of up to 250Nm.
The car would be able to go from 0-100kmh in nine seconds. The car has an electronically limited top speed of 145kmh.
The new BMW weighs in at 1800kg, roughly 350kg more than the heaviest 1-Series, and 335kg more than the Mini E.
Like the Mini E, the Concept ActiveE will go into limited production and be offered to interested customers keen to help out with the electric vehicle test program.
Feedback gathered from the trial users will be used to help design a production BMW electric vehicle that officials have confirmed will be put on the market under a sub-brand of BMW in the first half of the next decade.
More details to come...