Electric motor.

This is where driving pleasure is created, not emissions. The characteristics of the BMW ActiveE are the typical BMW rear-wheel drive and its powerful electric motor. Dynamic thrust comes from its 125 kW (170 hp) and 250 Nm.


The electric motor sits directly on the rear axle – with no clutch, manual or automatic transmission. As a synchronous motor it develops its full torque from a standing start and accelerates the BMW ActiveE to 100 km/h in 9 seconds. Top speed is limited to 145 km/h, which is suitable for everyday use.

Furthermore, the electric motor of the BMW ActiveE also acts as a generator and supplies the high-voltage batteries with the kinetic energy liberated as soon as the driver releases the accelerator. In urban traffic, braking with the engine alone is sufficient in 75 per cent of all cases. The footbrake thus becomes – almost – superfluous. The effect is to extend the range of the BMW ActiveE by up to 20 per cent. In this way, you can enjoy 160 km of driving pleasure under real-life conditions without emissions. With the air conditioning or heating on the maximum setting, the range is somewhat lower, but correspondingly higher when exploited to the optimum and with support from the ECO PRO Mode.


Fuel consumption / CO2 emissions

Charging times
4-5 h at 230 V, 32 A
8-10 h at 230 V, 16 A connected to a standard three-wire socket

CO2 emission vary according to the type of electricity production. BMW recommends electricity for regenerative sources. Zero CO2 emissions – from electricity generation to driving the vehicle – calls for electricity from 100 per cent regenerative energies.

Further information about the official fuel consumption and the official specific CO2 emissions for new passenger automobiles can be found in the 'New Passenger Vehicle Fuel Consumption and CO2 Emission Guidelines', which are available free of charge at all sales outlets and from DAT Deutsche Automobil Treuhand GmbH, Hellmuth-Hirth-Str. 1, 73760 Ostfildern, Germany.
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