The future builds on experience. This is why the BMW ActiveE is based on the BMW 1 Series Coupé. The challenge for the designers was to integrate a completely different drive technology and still retain the essence of a BMW – the sheer driving pleasure.


This pleasure begins for each BMW with the underlying concept. It includes rear-wheel drive and the balanced axle load distribution. Also well balanced, the three blocks of the high-voltage batteries occupy the space taken up by the former drive system: the engine compartment, the transmission tunnel in the centre and the fuel tank. They are connected via special high-voltage cables to the power electronics, which control the electric motor on the rear axle. Other special features include the charging connection in place of the tank filler neck as well as the chiller, the special water cooler for the lithium-ion batteries in the high-voltage batteries. All the elements have been so efficiently positioned that the BMW ActiveE still has four seats and 200 litres of luggage space.

The BMW ActiveE is built on the same production lines as the BMW 1 Series Coupé. Individual components such as the rear axle including motor or the high-voltage batteries are made in part by hand and in part by robots, but always preassembled with the support of the engineers. On the belt they arrive as complete modules that can mounted directly. This ensures that every model offers the customary BMW quality for the field trial.

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