Turner 2012 BMW ActiveE 1-Series Project Car

** Updated 12/15/2012 **

Electric cars have been objects of fiction movies in the past, but now they are a reality. BMW announced over a year ago they were going to develop some type of electric car. We didn't think much of it. Then a couple months ago news came to us that BMWs 100% Electric ActiveE 1 series would be available in the US through a special exploratory program. We wanted to see what this was about, so we got on the list to receive one. Here it is.  

   

    

So why an Electric Car? Simple really. At Turner we pride ourselves on being on the cutting edge of performance and technology for BMWs. Alternative sources of energy are the future and we want to make sure we have a jump start on the things to come. We want to have an understanding of these cars to secure our future as a leading BMW tuner. We chose to be a part of this pilot program with BMW to experience firsthand what it’s like to have a BMW that is 100% electric that does not rely on ANY fossil fuels. We want to get a sense of what it’s like to drive this car as a daily driver to see the positive as well as see where it can be improved. This car is unlike anything we have ever worked on, built, or raced and that is exciting.

The ActiveE 1 Series is an E82 chassis with an electric power plant consisting of a 32 Kwh lithium ion battery pack which powers a 125 kW (168hp and 184 ft-lbs) electric synchronous motor within the rear axles to power the rear wheels. This motor powers the 4,000 lb car from 0-60 in 8.5 seconds.