Car leasing news: BMW ActiveE to premiere in Geneva

JonathanFebruary 11, 2011

Drivers looking for a new eco-friendly vehicle may like to know that BMW is set to unveil its newest electric test car.

The ActiveE will be displayed for the first time at the 2011 Geneva Motor Show, representing the manufacturer’s second such electric test vehicle.

Select customers in the UK will be able to take to the wheel of the ActiveE via car leasing deals in the next few years.

The vehicle is able to be charged via a standard electrical socket or through a 32-ampere wallbox in five hours.

One of the most unique features of the BMW ActiveE is the way in which the motor turns into an electricity generator that feeds energy into the battery whenever the driver releases the accelerator pedal.

It can go from zero to 60 mph in nine seconds and has four seats and a 200-litre luggage compartment, potentially making it ideal for families.

Honda has also announced plans to showcase new electric and hybrid vehicles in Geneva this year.

It plans to display the EV concept car and a plug-in hybrid platform, as well as the FCX Clarity – the first production fuel cell electric vehicle to be made in the world.

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