/ by Damon Lavrinc

→ First Drive: 2012 BMW ActiveE A few days in the hospital gave me time to marinate on what’s right and wrong with the ActiveE, and why my enthusiasm was considerably lessened after the drive. The weight gain is an obvious issue, but from an enthusiasts’ perspective, BMW missed a huge opportunity. In the transition to EVdom, BMW neutered much of what I love about the 1, essentially turning it into a bloated city car with a diluted sense of sport. What they could’ve/should’ve done was make a driver’s EV – something that inspires behind the wheel. Maybe it wasn’t possible. Maybe it wasn’t feasible. Maybe it’s not in line with the engineering goals. But it could’ve been and that’s what disappoints the most.

→ First Drive: 2012 BMW ActiveE

A few days in the hospital gave me time to marinate on what’s right and wrong with the ActiveE, and why my enthusiasm was considerably lessened after the drive. The weight gain is an obvious issue, but from an enthusiasts’ perspective, BMW missed a huge opportunity. In the transition to EVdom, BMW neutered much of what I love about the 1, essentially turning it into a bloated city car with a diluted sense of sport. What they could’ve/should’ve done was make a driver’s EV – something that inspires behind the wheel. Maybe it wasn’t possible. Maybe it wasn’t feasible. Maybe it’s not in line with the engineering goals. But it could’ve been and that’s what disappoints the most.