The aim of electric and hence sustainable mobility is not something that has just started to fascinate us. Decades of research work testify to the history of the future at BMW. Step inside.


As long as 40 years ago, BMW engineers turned the vision of the electric vehicle into reality. To coincide with the 1972 Olympic Games, they transformed a BMW 1602 into an environmentally friendly escort vehicle for the marathon race. Albeit outside the competition, the first BMW with electric drive successfully completed the distance of more than 40 kilometres – and thus displayed that we were on the right track from the very start.

The next milestone was the BMW E1 of 1991. Not only did the study use electricity for emission-free propulsion but even at that time had BMW Brake Energy Regeneration. This technology in which braking energy is converted into valuable electricity is now included as a matter of course in almost all BMW models.

However, it was only the development of highly efficient lithium-ion batteries that made a vehicle with the efficiency of the BMW ActiveE possible. It is part of the tradition of creative and exacting BMW development work and at the same time points the way to a mobile future without emissions.

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