A 1 Series coupe converted to electric drive, the BMW Active-E will get 100 miles of driving range from a full charge of its lithium-ion battery pack. Seth Fletcher
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PopSci’s own senior editor (and senior car expert) Seth Fletcher has a great op-ed in the New York Times today, giving an overview of the Obama administration’s plan to put a million electric vehicles on the road by 2015–a plan he says is vitally important, highly ambitious, and totally possible.

Seth glances on the history and near future of electric cars, a subject he explores at length in his book, Bottled Lightning: Superbatteries, Electric Cars, and the New Lithium Economy. You can check out an excerpt of the book here–it’s a great read–and more from Seth about lithium battery tech here.

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