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BMW reveals electric 1-series concept

Date: 17 December 2009

BMW has revealed a concept version of an all-electric car based on the 1-series coupe called Active-E.

The BMW Active-E concept has a range of between 100 and 150 miles, similar to that of the Mini-E, BMW's first all-electric car. BMW has developed the car with driving characteristics in mind and the Active-E concept retains the 1-series' rear-drive layout. The motor produces 170PS which gives the car a 0-62mph time of nine seconds and a top speed of 90mph.

BMW also claims the car can be fully charged within three hours from a UK standard socket.

The German brand said it would run "another field test of electric vehicles for private and selected fleet users [following the Mini-E trial]. The aim is to test the use of electric drive for everyday purposes in a vehicle which offers the driving pleasure which is characteristic of BMW automobiles".