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BMW Gets Electrified, But Am I?
For over a year, I've been looking for a way to get into an electric vehicle, but my options have been decidedly limited. I'm either lacking the funds (Tesla Roadster
) or the alternatives have lacked character (Mitsubishi i
, Focus Electric
But now there's this: The 2012 BMW ActiveE
. It's the next step for BMW
in electrification - a bridge between the Mini E
and the forthcoming i3
- that takes a standard 1 Series Coupe
and adds a brace of batteries and electric motor to create a rear-wheel-drive sports coupe with a 100-mile range. Even better, the price is right.
Unlike the Mini E that required owners to plunk down a hefty chunk of change each month, the ActiveE's outlay is far more palatable: $2,250 down and $499 a month for a 24-month lease - well below what you'd drop on a new (or even used) gas-powered 1 Series.
Now I'm the first to admit to being an early-adopting sucker
, but could it be worth my hard-earned Blogger Bucks to become a beta tester for BMW's electrification efforts? I flew 5,800 miles to Munich to find out.Continue reading 2012 BMW ActiveE
2012 BMW ActiveE
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