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BMW is making strides and pushing forward with their Project i, a concept launched in 2007 to push sustainable mobility solutions. They’ve now launched a website, dubbed Project i Beta, which will ultimately become a sub brand for BMW, offering products and services for sustainable mobility.
For those interested in the future and beyond, the website is a giant think tank for BMW to share its ideas and what’s going on in those brilliant minds of theirs. Highlights on the website currently include a profile on their Megacity Vehicle, LifeDrive Concept and e-mobility.
There’s no questioning that electric cars are on the horizon and possibly the way of the future and it’s interesting to see which manufacturers will be pioneers in embracing the technology. So if you have any interest in what BMW has up their sleeves, make sure to check out their new site.
BMW introduced its 1-Series Coupe-based Active E electric vehicle at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit.
Powered by newly developed lithium-ion batteries, the Active E has a claimed power output of 170 hp with 184.4 ft-lb. of torque.
As per BMW tradition, the Active E is rear-wheel drive, testing an early version of the electric powertrain system which will eventually be used in BMW’s upcoming Megacity Vehicle (MCV).
The Active E will also use BMW’s ConnectedDrive system, using newly developed features including the ability to check the car’s battery level via cell phone, and using mobile devices as a remote control for heating and air conditioning.
BMW will produce a trial fleet of the Active E in 2011, providing further real-world data following the MINI-E trial currently underway.
Gallery: BMW Concept Active E