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BMW announces trial markets for ActiveE electric car effort

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The evolution of BMW's electric vehicle program, Project i, goes sort of like this: from Mini E concept to leasing that car to happy customers to the ActiveE concept to field tests of the larger sedan next year and then on to the Megacity EV, which is scheduled for 2013. Those last two steps have yet to happen, but today we learn a bit more about how and where the ActiveE, a modified 1 Series Coupe, will prowl the streets. BMW has announced that the following U.S. cities and areas will get the ActiveE:
  • New York City
  • Los Angeles
  • San Diego
  • San Francisco
  • Sacramento
  • Boston
  • select markets in Connecticut
So that makes California and the East Coast the lucky ones. We've heard a few hundred ActiveEs would be tested around the U.S., but BMW hasn't provided any more details on the number of vehicles coming to each location. The field trial starts next summer, so we don't have that much longer to wait.

What can drivers expect from the ActiveE? BMW says that "realistic simulations" show the all-electric car can go from 0-60 in approximately 8.5 seconds and the car has a top speed of around 90 miles per hour (electronically limited). Range is estimated at 100 miles. Unlike the Mini E , the ActiveE can seat four and carry about seven cubic-feet of stuff.

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