BMW will unveil a production version of the all-electric 1-series ActiveE at the Geneva motor show alongside its Vision ConnectedDrive concept.
The new two-door, previewed in concept guise in late 2009, will go into limited production of just 1000 examples.
Although the ActivE will be built in left-hand drive only, a UK field trial is planned like that of the Mini E is planned. Cars will be leased by participants in the trial.
Powering the 1-series ActiveE is the same plug-in electric driveline planned for the MegaCity carbon-fibre city car. It features a brushless electric motor, rear-mounted within the axle assembly and an electronic control package sited in the boot where it reduces luggage volume by 60-litres to 200-litres.
Energy is stored in three separate banks of lithium ion batteries – one in the space allocated for the fuel tank, a second inside the transmission tunnel and a third under the rear seat.