Thursday, 17 February 2011

BMW - Active E electric car

All manufacturere now have to consider future power sources, German auto company BMW has been very diverse in realizing alternatives to petrol internal combustion engines.
BMW is introducing the ActiveE electric vehicle with some big plans.

Built on the basis of the BMW 1 Series, the BMW ActiveE concept transplants out the petrol engine components with electric hardware. a synchronous electric motor producing to equivalent of 168 horsepower and 184 pounds-feet of torque, the BMW ActiveE electric vehicle powertrain is configured for 50:50 weight distribution. Utilizing power stored in a lithium-ion battery pack, a liquid-cooling system insuring the electrical storage supply is kept at the best operating temperature. Through special voltage considerations, the BMW ActiveE is said to take 5 hours to charge the lithium-ion battery.

The BMW ActiveE concept is actually the second approach to an electric vehicle built on the BMW 1
Driving habits of the BMW ActiveE is unique compared to other electric cars as lifting off the accelerator allows coasting with no power being drawn from the electric motor. In Eco Pro mode, the BMW ActiveE again favours efficiency with adjusting the climate control to less power.

More than a 2011 Geneva Motor Show concept vehicle, 1,000 street-going examples of the BMW ActiveE electric vehicle will be evaluated in the United States, Europe and China starting later this year.

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