BMW customers can finally plug into the emerging world of battery car technology. The maker has formally announced pricing for its first electric vehicle, the ActiveE, while also making several other “green” announcements in advance of this week’s New York Auto Show.
The limited-edition BMW ActiveE will give the maker the chance to test both demand for battery cars – and the electric vehicle technology it is now developing – in preparation for the launch of its new BMWi unit, which will focus specifically on alternative propulsion.
In all, just 700 ActiveE sedans will be brought over to the U.S., and interested customers will be able to start signing up late this coming summer. They’ll be available for a 24-month lease only, at $499 a month, with a $2,250 down-payment.
The monthly figure is several $100 more than a new Nissan Leaf, but a fraction of the anticipated $1,200 a month that the Volvo C30 Electric, which TheDetroitBureau.com reviewed recently – Click Here for more on the C30 battery car – will likely go for.