BMW's been down this road before, in a smaller way, with the Mini-e, an electric Mini Cooper that's currently in real-world testing. This time around, BMW is promising a less compromised vehicle. Unlike the Mini-e, which has only two seats and little cargo space, The ActiveE will have all the seating and cargo space of a regular, gas-powered 1-series.
The car will also have an integrated smartphone application allowing drivers to check the battery's charge level and even turn on heating and air conditioning remotely. That way, the car can be made more comfortable while it's plugged in rather than using valuable battery power while driving to cool the car.
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