BMW is working on several electric cars, but the one that's closest to becoming a reality is the ActiveE. The car, which is built on a modified version of the company's 1 Series, features a 32 kWh battery that takes 4 to 5 hours to charge on a 240 volt charger. BMW has integrated a battery monitor in its iDrive telematics system that allows drivers to see how much of the battery's power they are using and how much they are recuperating through the car's braking system.
The company has also added ActiveE specific features to its ConnectedDrive iPhone and iPad apps, allowing you to remotely check in your battery's charge state, as well as lock and unlock your doors, activate the horn and headlights. You can also locate your vehicle in a large parking lot and pinpoint the Active E's location within a 1,000-meter radius using the CarFinder feature.