Feeds

BMW uncloaks ActiveE

The e-car with the mobile phone control system

5 things you didn’t know about cloud backup

Leccy Tech BMW has revealed the next step in its leccy car development cycle - the ActiveE.

ActiveE_02

BMW's ActiveE electric car

Based on BMW’s 1-Series Coupé, the ActiveE has a lithium-ion battery pack in the space previously occupied by the engine, fuel tank and drive train. This helps preserve the car's internal space and weight distribution.

Drive comes courtesy of a 125kW (170bhp) electric motor that develops 250Nm (184 lb/ft) of torque, while forming an integrated part of the rear axle assembly, BMW said.

ActiveE tips the scales at 1800Kg (3960lbs) and so is roughly 350Kg (773lbs) heavier than a diesel engine-powered 1-Series.

ActiveE_01

Contol the ActiveE via your iPhone? There's an app for that

Able to reach 62mph within nine seconds, ActiveE's top speed has been electronically limited to 90mph. The e-car’s range from a full charge is said to be around 100 miles – the same distance as the e-Mini.

An “optimised ConnectedDrive” control system will let ActiveE drivers use a mobile phone to check the car’s battery charge status, search for public charging stations and remotely activate the vehicle’s auxiliary heating and air conditioning functions.

Though just a concept for now, the ActiveE seems closer than normal to a production-ready vehicle becuase BMW plans to lease limited numbers of the e-car out for use in test fleets.

ActiveE_03

Production plans haven't been published

The car giant also said that the e-car's drive components have all been developed as part of “Project I” - BMW's hush-hush plan to develop its first production e-car under the suitably futuristic working title of the "Megacity Vehicle". ®

Build a business case: developing custom apps

More from The Register

next story
Vulture 2 takes a battering in 100km/h test run
Still in one piece, but we're going to need MORE POWER
Boffins ID freakish spine-smothered prehistoric critter: The CLAW gave it away
Bizarre-looking creature actually related to velvet worms
TRIANGULAR orbits will help Rosetta to get up close with Comet 67P
Probe will be just 10km from Space Duck in October
CRR-CRRRK, beep, beep: Mars space truck backs out of slippery sand trap
Curiosity finds new drilling target after course correction
ANU boffins demo 'tractor beam' in water
The current state of the art, apparently
China to test recoverable moon orbiter
I'll have some rocks and a moon cheese pizza please, home delivery
What does a flashmob of 1,024 robots look like? Just like this
Sorry, Harvard, did you say kilobots or KILLER BOTS?
NASA's rock'n'roll shock: ROLLING STONE FOUND ON MARS
No sign of Ziggy Stardust and his band
Why your mum was WRONG about whiffy tattooed people
They're a future source of RENEWABLE ENERGY
prev story

Whitepapers

Endpoint data privacy in the cloud is easier than you think
Innovations in encryption and storage resolve issues of data privacy and key requirements for companies to look for in a solution.
Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Top 8 considerations to enable and simplify mobility
In this whitepaper learn how to successfully add mobile capabilities simply and cost effectively.
Solving today's distributed Big Data backup challenges
Enable IT efficiency and allow a firm to access and reuse corporate information for competitive advantage, ultimately changing business outcomes.
Reg Reader Research: SaaS based Email and Office Productivity Tools
Read this Reg reader report which provides advice and guidance for SMBs towards the use of SaaS based email and Office productivity tools.