The German based automaker BMW has recently delivered the first all-electric ActiveE mode in the United States, marking a new chapter for the company in electric mobility.
According to the car manufacturer, the first BMW ActiveE delivered in the United States has been proudly received and the model has been bought by a couple named Tom and Meredith Moloughney. The two people have been named by the company “the first ActiveE Electronauts” and another 200 BMW Electronauts are expected to lease the new ActiveE for the two-year period, as a part of a new fild trial which are expected to gather further feedback before the new BMW i3 will be launched in 2013.
“Calling the Moloughneys Pioneers is very appropriate because they have shown the world that an electric vehicle can absolutely serve one’s daily driving needs without compromise. We learned a lot from all of our experience with the MINI E and we are looking forward to learning more in these next two years with the BMW ActiveE as we prepare for the launch of the first BMW i models in 2013. We are pleased that Tom and Meredith have agreed to stay with us on this journey”, said the president and CEO of BMW of North America, Ludwig Willisch.
The BMW ActiveE is powered by an electric motor which is generating a total output of 170 horsepower and it has a peak torque of 184 lb-ft (249 Nm). The engine is allowing the model to accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in less than 9 seconds, before hitting a top speed of 90 mph (145 km/h). BMW says that the ActiveE can do 100 miles on a single charge (160 km/h).