Back in 1972, BMW envisioned a future ripe with electric vehicles.  The German automaker used the Olympic Games in Munich to display two of its first-ever converted 1602 electric-powered vehicles.  At the time, BMW was likely unaware that it would still be developing prototype electric vehicles 40 years later, but the now almost forgotten early electric Bimmers serve as research and development projects that would later enable BMW to launch both the Mini E and ActiveE and eventually the i3 and i8.

Since there's way too much history to cover here, we thought it least wasteful of your time to only post images and vital specs for BMW's arsenal of electric machines.

 

BMW 1602 Electric (1972)

BMW 1602 Electric (1972)

BMW 1602 Electric (1972):

Motor: DC shunt-wound motor Peak output: 32 kW Energy storage: 12 lead-acid starter batteries Capacity: 12.6 kWh Top speed: 62 mph Acceleration: 0-31 mph 8 seconds Range in city traffic: 19 miles

 

 

BMW 325iX Electric (1987–1990)

BMW 325iX Electric (1987–1990)

BMW 325iX (1987-1990):

Motor: DC shunt-wound motor Peak output: 22 kW Energy storage: Sodium-sulphur battery Capacity: 22 kWh Top speed: 62 mph Acceleration: 0-31 mph 9 seconds Range in city traffic: 93 miles

 

 

 

BMW E1 and E2 (1991–1993)

BMW E1 and E2 (1991–1993)

BMW E1, 1st/2nd generation (1991-1993):

Motor: Permanently excited rotating-field AC motor Output: 32 kW Energy storage: Sodium-sulphur/ sodium-nickel chloride batteries Capacity 19.2 kWh / 19 kWh Top speed: 75 mph / 78 mph Acceleration: 0-31 mph 6 sec / 5.6 sec Range in city traffic: 93 miles

 

 

BMW 325
BMW 325 electric (1992-1997)
BMW 325 / BMW electric (1992-1997):

Motor: Permanently excited rotating-field AC motor Output: 32 kW / 45 kW Energy storage: Sodium-nickel chloride battery Capacity: 21.7 kWh / 29 kWh Top speed: 80 mph / 84 mph Acceleration: 0-31 mph 8 sec / 6 sec Range in city traffic: 75 miles / 93 miles

 

 

MINI E (since 2008)

MINI E (since 2008)

MINI E (2008):

Motor: Asynchronous motor Output: 150 kW Energy storage: Lithium-ion battery Capacity: 35 kWh Top speed: 94 mph Acceleration: 0-62 mph 8.5 sec Range: 155 miles

 

 

 

BMW ActiveE (since 2010)

BMW ActiveE (since 2010)

BMW ActiveE (2010):

Motor: Permanently excited hybrid synchronous motor Output: 125 kW Energy storage: Lithium-ion battery Capacity: 32 kWh Top speed: 90 mph Acceleration: 0-62 mph 9 sec Range in city traffic: 100 miles

 

With 40 years of history in the books, we look forward to the future of the electric Bimmers: BMW i3 and BMW i8

BMW i3 And i8 Coming In 2013 and 2014 (Respectively)

BMW i3 And i8 Coming In 2013 and 2014 (Respectively)