BMW is presently providing seven hundred people the opportunity to lease the Active E, an electric version of the BMW 1 Television series. This vehicle is basically a test bed for BMW's electric drive investigation, underwritten by participating consumers at $499 a month. An additional has borrowed us an Active E for 10 days, and we've been taking pleasure in the zero-emissions driving along with a sporty taste. Driving the Active E is quite fulfilling, but will take a very a studying competitors. Acceleration is smooth, linear, quick, and quiet. Turn out to be truthful, it seems more powerful than the 168-hp rating for your motor. Zero-to-60 mph acceleration is a stated nine seconds, which appears sensible depending on our experience. On the highway, the car seems a lot energetic and cruises easily. But the instant you let off the throttle, the regenerative braking kicks in strongly, so much that it's extremely hard to coast this kind of car. The truth is, you comes together with total and reasonably prompt end without ever before touching your brake your pedal. Fortunately, the foot brake lights first turn on whenever you lift off of the gas, and thus warning autos behind anyone. (Many of us commented for the over-eager regenerative braking if we drove your Mini E during the past year. )#) As reported by BMW, the 'regen' influence was beautifully shaped down over the Mini E rrncluding a few drivers reportedly think it is not actually aggressive ample. Nearly anyone on every one of our crew who has driven your Active Electronic was consumed aback with the strong deceleration. The Productive E can be more critical than their limited submitting might suggest given akin to a similar drivetrain because upcoming all-electric BMW, your i3, thanks in delayed 2013. The significant lithium-ion battery shows a 36-kWh potential, but pertaining to optimal battery pack longevity, BMW uses only 62 percent of computer here. The laptop or computer informs those who we have been averaging with relation to its 3 mls per kWh, and of which may be quite normal of EVs. Charging times are actually quicker than alot of EVs, due to your 7. 7-kWh on a machine charger. It took below four a long time to fee on 240 volts. Employing regular 110-volt electrical power, BMW stats it'll take all-around 20 a long time to boost. An entire charge fees about $2. 40 while using current regular national energy rate, using the neighborhood areas the place that the car is offered, it's planning to cost nearly double. In 19 cents/kWh, each of our local Connecticut charge, replenishing 21 involving age kWh fees $4. 10. When the gallon involving gasoline costs a similar, that's very much 70 mpg. Another approach to slice it can be that functioning the Productive E fees 5. 9 dollars a mile. As while using Mini Electronic, the Productive E establishes that natural mobility along with fun are certainly not mutually distinctive. The Productive E sides eagerly with no one low fat; you'd certainly not know your steering appeared converted for for you to electric. It thinks well-weighted and supplies decent opinions. Compromises? Aside among the minimal range and so the charging occasion usual for the EV, little if any. The Productive E holds an useful back seats, even so your battery presentation compromises start space. In comparison with our 3, 360-pound 135i, the Productive E weighs a fair bit additional at several, 075 fat, along with course, that excess fat is visible. Also, at $499 30 days, plus a new $2, 250 downpayment, BMW looks like it's charging people rather a lot to work as Guinea pigs. (BMW is now offering a new turbocharged 2012 335i xDrive coupe for about the same. )#) At quantity of the Productive E charge is less expensive than your Mini Electronic pioneers purchased the first adopter benefit. But for the car themselves, the Productive E can be proof that will EV driving might be fun.