The 2012 BMW ActiveE makes its public debut at the 2011 Geneva Motor Show. This four-seater conversion car is an electric vehicle based on the body shell of a vehicle with a combustion engine. The BMW ActiveE uses all electric drive components such as energy storage unit, electric motor and power electronics in a vehicle body that was not originally intended for this purpose. But without compromising on space or comfort in the interior.

It is powered by an electric drivetrain that produces 125 kW/170 bhp and maximum torque of 250 Nm. The ActiveE accelerates from 0 to 62mph (100 km/h) in 9 seconds. BMW ActiveE offers 200 liters of luggage storage. The newly developed lithium-ion battery unit extends the driving range of ActiveE to approximately 100 miles (160 kilometers) on a full charge.

The design of the vehicle resembles the standard BMW 1 Series Coupe. The Alpine White body features silver “circuit-inspired” graphics on a blue background. A power dome in the hood encloses the battery pack. It has no exhaust pipes and the rear diffuser is replaced by a closed rear apron. Low-rolling-resistance tires are wrapped around 16″ wheels. For the interior, the ActiveE features pearl-gray leather seats with contrasting blue seams; the door panels and dashboard get Alpine White trim. The control system and instrument cluster are designed for the car’s electric-drive system, and replace the conventional transmission shifter and gauge cluster.

Source: BMW Blog