How to Reserve Your BMW ActiveE All-Electric Coupe
German automaker BMW is now officially accepting applications for the electric ActiveE coupe to be leased by 700 drivers in Boston, Hartford, New York, Los Angeles, Sacramento, San Diego and San Francisco.
The hand-raisers, dubbed "Electronauts" by BMW, begin with an online BMW ActiveE reservation form. Then, applicants must complete a charging station consultation conducted by AeroVironment, BMW's electric vehicle supply equipment (EVSE) service partner in the US. This requires a fee of $100, which can later be credited towards the installation cost. If all goes well, prospective drivers will complete a "closed-end, two-year lease" for the electrified BMW 1 Series. Expect $499 per month, plus $2,250 down. Vehicles will be issued on a first-come, first-serve basis.
Don't expect to be the first ActiveE driver. That honor went two weeks ago to PluginCars.com contributor Tom Moloughney. Tom explains where the ActiveE fits into BMW's three-part EV launch process:
“Put a converted MINI in the hands of small groups of people in eight countries around the globe to assess public acceptance, likes and dislikes, begin to understand infrastructure issues, open a dialog with the different utilities, etc. Oh yeah, get those needed CARB credits while there at it. AC Propulsion had a powertrain ready to go and they could have cars rolling off the line in under a year by using them to supply the powertrain so they went with them. BMW knew it would take them a couple years to design and build a powertrain in house and once they did they would, in Step 2, put it in a current platform, a 1 series, and run it for a year to two and work out all the potential bugs before Step 3: Selling an EV, the 2013 BMW i3, which is designed from the ground up as an electric vehicle”
The BMW ActiveE features a 168-horsepower electric motor, weighs in at 4,000 pounds, zips from 0 to 60 miles per hour in 9 seconds, and has a range of approximately 100 miles per charge.
To become an Electronaut, go to BMWActivateTheFuture.com.
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