BMW announced that it will lease about 700 of the ActiveE electric cars this fall in the U.S. in six select markets: New York, New Jersey, Boston, San Francisco, Sacramento, San Diego and Los Angeles.
A 24-month lease for the BMW ActiveE will be offered for $499 per month with a down payment of $2,250.
BMW ActiveE will incorporate specially-designed lithium ion batteries developed in cooperation with SB-LiMotive which are being used for the first time and that allow for a range of around 100 miles in everyday driving. The batteries will feature liquid heating and cooling, as well as the ability to pre-condition the system while connected to the grid enabling maximum range capability regardless of ambient conditions.
Based on the 1 Series Coupe, the BMW ActiveE will accelerate from 0-60 mph in under nine seconds, making it the first electric vehicle to combine the dynamic characteristics typical of a BMW with the zero-emissions benefits of driving an electric vehicle.
In order to help consumers determine if an ActiveE is right for them, the new app, BMW Evolve is now available for download from the Apple iTunes Store and later this month in the Android Marketplace.
The BMW ActiveE, the first full-electric BMW available to customers, was unveiled today in advance of the 2011 New York Auto Show, where it will make its North American debut.
The reservation process will begin in late summer 2011 and you can get in on the action at BMWActivateTheFuture.com.