What cars got traded for a BMW ActiveE?

Concepts | February 23rd, 2013 by 32
active e 031 750x500

Later this year, BMW will launch their first electric vehicle built under the BMW i sub-brand. The BMW i3 is branded as the future car for megacities and it will not only bring electric mobility to the brand but also a new driving lifestyle. To prepare for the launch of the electric brand, BMW introduced two test pilots. First one kicked off in 2009 with the MINI E, an electric conversion of the popular Cooper model. Two years later, the 1 Series Coupe electric conversion pilot kicked off and the field trial builds on the success and experience gained during the MINI E field trial which took place in several European cities and within US.

Compared to the MINI E, the BMW ActiveE electric vehicle offers space for four passengers and around 200 liters of luggage storage. The BMW ActiveE integrates all electric drive components such as energy storage unit, electric motor and power electronics in a vehicle body that was not originally intended for this purpose – and without compromising on space or comfort in the interior.

active e 031 655x435

BMW made the ActiveE available to 700 participants from the metropolitan markets of Los Angeles, San Diego, San Francisco, Sacramento, New York, Boston and Hartford. The 24 months lease is $499 per month with a down payment $2,250. First customer to take delivery of the ActiveE was Tom Moloughney, one of the early BMW EVs pioneers or electronauts, a term coined after the ActiveE launch.

But what kind of cars get traded in for a BMW ActiveE? In January, the BMW ActiveE Facebook Group asked its members the same question. More than 50 ActiveE drivers responded, even though some have simply made the ActiveE an addition to their fleet. As expected, many of the ActiveE drivers were part of the MINI E pilot as well, while others were previous owners of sedans, Coupes and wagons from European brands, such as Audi, Saab and Volvo. The U.S. automaker were represented a Lincoln LS and even a Jeep Grand Cherokee. From the hybrid world, Toyota and its Prius, Honda Civic were represented as well.

The list included also random cars like the Mazda Miata and Subaru Outback.

If you’re a BMW ActiveE owner in the U.S. or Europe, please tell us in the comments section below what car have you traded in for the ActiveE OR what other cars you have in your garage beside the electric vehicle from BMW.

Read our series on  Living with the BMW ActiveE by Tom Moloughney

[Source: GreenCarReports | BMW Active Facebook Group]

32 responses to “What cars got traded for a BMW ActiveE?”

  1. Tom Moloughney says:

    I had a MINI-E, but I sold my Mercedes ML430 when I got the MINI-E and then sold my Porsche Boxter S a while later because driving the MINI-E was even more fun!

  2. We sold our Toyota Tundra a month after we got the ActiveE.

  3. Raz says:

    When I got into my ActiveE I parted with a Saab 9-5. It was time.

  4. Paul says:

    BMW 330xi for my ActiveE

  5. Added Active E to the BMW 325, Prius, Honda Odyssey.

  6. Added the Active E to the BMW 325, Prius and Honda Odyssey

  7. Todd Crook says:

    We drove over 50,000 miles in the MINI E and realized early on that we could easily get by with an electric car as our only vehicle except for one problem….it only had two seats. Once the ActiveE arrived, we sold our 2006 Ford Freestyle that same week and 25,000 miles later of the ActiveE being our only vehicle, we couldn’t be happier. We’ve found that simply renting the occasional gasoline vehicle for longer trips makes more sense and has worked out perfectly over the past 14 months.

  8. Peder Norby says:

    Julie drove an Infinity G35. I drove a Volvo S60. Today Julie drives the BMW ActiveE, and I drive a Honda FitEV. We own no gas car and the two electric cars meet 100% of our needs. Our monthly payments are roughly the same as they were, our gas billl is $5,000 less a year.
    we power by solar PV.

  9. Eniqma says:

    Traded a 2008 Prius.

  10. Saeed J. says:

    Had a MiniE. Sold my Toyota Camry CNG and Honda Civic CNG shortly after discovering the joys of EV driving. Later sold our Hymotion modified Plugin Prius once we got our Nissan Leaf.

  11. John Higham says:

    We retired a Mazda Miata by de-ICE-ing it. The Miata is now well under way in to the EV conversion process. We also had a smart ForTwo Cabriolet that was sold a month or two after we took delivery of the ActiveE. We have two other ICE-mobiles that will be replaced with EV’s when their useful life is used up.

  12. BMWDiva says:

    Do all of those cars come equipped with an OBummer sticker on the back bumper.

    • Tommolog says:

      Actually most have a G.W Bush sticker on them. You see, the $7,500 electric vehicle Federal Tax credit was initiated by W, not Obama. Bush was smart enough to realize powering our vehicles with domestic energy was good for the country. However somehow that good idea became a bad idea to some who allow others to do their thinking for them when the current president continued what his predecessor started.

  13. Steve Betz says:

    We traded in my 2006 325i. Our other car is The Beloved’s 2003 325xi. A very happy garage.

  14. windbourne says:

    Personally, I would rather trade a BMW for a Tesla model S and get a higher quality car.

  15. Tom L says:

    In addition to Active E, Also have a Mini Cooper Clubman (manual), a Jetta Sportwagen TDI (manual) and a 1969 Mercury Marquis Convertible (automatic–nearly 21 feet long). The Active E is my first BMW and my favorite to drive.

  16. Joe Jobs says:

    I traded my 2009 BMW 1 series for the ActiveE. I love the ActiveE. I love that its a electric car and i will buy a BMW i3 i live in NYC i have had it for 12 months

  17. Joe Jobs says:

    I traded my 2009 BMW 1 series for the ActiveE. I love the ActiveE. I love that its a electric car and i will buy a BMW i3 i live in NYC i have had it for 12 months

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.