BMW ActiveE Electric Test Vehicles Arrive in China
JUL 1 2013 BY ERIC LOVEDAY
Do residents of China enjoy the BMW ActiveE as much as the limited group of field trial participants do in the US and UK? We’ll soon find out.
On June 18, 20 Beijing residents received a BMW ActiveE as part of the German automaker’s ongoing field trial of the electric 1-Series. This is the first time the ActiveE will be tested by the general public of China.
Later this month, 15 residents of the southern Chinese city of Shenzhen will receive keys to ActiveEs, too.
The idea, according to BMW, is to prep China for the future commercialization of the electric vehicles, especially those with that famed BMW roundel logo.
All field trial participants in China will get to keep the ActiveEs for 12 months, but leasing one of these limited electric machines doesn’t come cheap. BMW is charging $683 per month to lease the ActiveE in China, though that’s an all-inclusive price.
BMW says it selected these two cities (Beijing and Shenzhen) because it wanted to see how the ActiveE copes in different climates. Shenzhen, a southern Chinese city, is mild (60 to 90 degrees Fahrenheit year round) most of the year. Beijing, a northern city in China, has wild fluctuations in temperature (18 to 90 degrees Fahrenheit is to be expected throughout the year).
It’ll be interesting to see if the ActiveE is as well received in China as it is here in the US.