BMW crushes ActiveE electric test cars, who killed the electric car?

Discussion in 'VW, Audi, Porsche hybrid and EV forum: general' started by voltron, May 22, 2014.

  1. voltron

    voltron Administrator and Defender of the Universe Staff Member


    BMW did! However, it's not as bad as GM's destruction of perfectly good EV-1s. These were all BMW 1 series electric cars, the ActiveE, which were leased to around 700 lessors who were given pre-production test cars. From the beginning, these were destined for the junk heap.

    However, around 70 were saved and given to CA's car-sharing service, DriveNow. Too bad the other 630 couldn't have been sold - I'd gladly buy one at a discount at it's scrap price and they wouldn't even have to give me a warranty. Unfortunately, because these were pre-production test cars, there are strict laws governing sale to the public so that would never happen.

    I rode in a BMW i3 at the recent New York Auto show and the ActiveE were used to develop the i3's drivetrain. My review: good but still very expensive. The range extender option, a small gas generator, is something that I would definitely buy if I were to get one.

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