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BMW Concept ActiveE

  • BMW ActiveE electric car, at BMW Manhattan media event, April 2011

    The choices among electric cars just keep getting better, as BMW has now announced the lease details for the first stage of its evolution into BMW-branded electric cars. The ActiveE, an all-electric version of the 1-series, will be available for lease requests later this summer. It will be offered in four California markets--Los Angeles, San Diego, San Francisco, and Sacramento--along with the greater New York metro area and Boston. Actual deliveries will start in September or October this year. And previous lessees of the Mini E may get priority on the waiting list for this new type of BMW...

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    BMW ActiveE Electric Car Priced At $499 Per Month, $2,250 Down

    Electric cars, at the moment, cost more to buy than gasoline cars of similar size and with similar features, powertrain excepted. Leases on electric cars from mass-market brands like Nissan and Chevrolet are often a little more competitive. The 2011 Nissan Leaf is $349 a month, the 2011 Chevy Volt...

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    BMW Releases More Details, Photos Of ActiveE Electric Car

    The BMW ActiveE, first unveiled at the 2010 Detroit Auto Show, is BMW's second attempt at an all-electric vehicle. It follows the not-very-pleasant Mini E, of which 600 examples were tested in the U.S. and Europe during 2009 and 2010. Ahead of the upcoming Geneva Motor Show, BMW has now released...

  • BMW prototype based on Vision EfficientDynamics concept
    BMW Green: Plug-In Hybrid Sports Coupe, MegaCity Plant OKed

    BMW is moving full steam ahead with its plans to offer new, radically more fuel efficient vehicles in the next decade. Today, the company said it would put its striking Vision EfficientDynamics concept car into production, to be offered for sale starting in October 2013. And, it signed off on an...

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    BMW Ban From Claiming Zero-Emissions In Latest Advert

    BMW doesn’t actually have a vehicle with zero emissions in its current lineup but that hasn’t stopped the automaker from touting its cleanliness with advertising promoting its Concept ActiveE all-electric vehicle, where the slogan is: "Thanks to its electrifying performance and zero CO2...

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    BMW's New Hydrogen Hybrid Mini: Hydrogen, Huh? Oh, REALLY?

    Perhaps we're a little cranky this morning, still being on Greenwich Mean Time while the clock says Eastern Daylight. Or maybe we're just cynical. But could everyone please take a deep breath and consider reality before getting all hot and bothered over news that BMW seems to be working on a...

  • 2009 BMW Concept ActiveE

    We don't know what it looks like yet, but another detail emerged yesterday on BMW's upcoming tiny MegaCity urban electric vehicle: It will be built out of carbon fiber that is partly made in the U.S. BMW will partner with composites expert SGL Group to construct a new plant in Moses Lake, Washington, that will manufacture lightweight carbon-fiber materials for auto industry applications. The total cost of the plant will exceed $100 million, and some 80 jobs are expected to result. Green power Why put the plant in North America, you might ask? Because, BMW says, the energy to be consumed comes...

  • 2009 BMW Concept ActiveE
    BMW Project Megacity: Ultimate (Electric, Urban) Driving Machine?

    BMW has now produced two electric cars: the two-seat Mini E, of which 600 examples are on test in the U.S., Europe, and U.K., and the new ActiveE Concept unveiled at last month's Detroit Auto Show, which will be similarly tested starting next year. But these are just preludes. The company will...

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    Update: Green Cars at the 2010 Detroit Auto Show

    Next month's North American International Auto Show in Detroit promises to be greener than ever before. That's a recognition that more fuel-efficient and smaller cars are a permanent part of the U.S. automotive landscape, but it's also desperation to fill space in a show that's losing exhibitors...

  • Volvo C30 electric concept, 2010 Detroit Auto Show
    Detroit Auto Show Preview: Electric Volvo C30 Hatchback

    Advance news on the green concept cars to be shown at next month's Detroit Auto Show continues to trickle out. The latest: a further evolution of the all-electric Volvo C30 three-door hatchback concept. It's the second European electric concept car. It joins the BMW Concept ActiveE electric car...

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    Detroit Auto Show Preview: BMW Concept ActiveE Electric Car

    A little more than a year ago, the all-electric Mini E stole the limelight at the 2008 Los Angeles Auto Show. Now, BMW has released details of its next all-electric concept car, which will formally debut at next month's Detroit Auto Show. The BMW Concept ActiveE electric car is based on the BMW...

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