BMW Megacity Vehicle – the Company’s First Electric Car

July 5th, 2010 by GreenDan Leave a reply »

The first electric vehicle from the German car-making giant BMW is expected to be launched in 2013.

The company’s eco-friendly car is called Megacity Vehicle. It is manufactured using such lightweight materials like carbon fiber and aluminum.

The car will be built from ground using BMW’s own “LifeDrive structure,” which is believed to have the strength of steel while being 50 percent lighter than standard aluminum. It would be interesting to note that other carmakers base their electric vehicles on already-available gasoline-powered cars.

There’s currently little information on BMW’s Megacity Vehicle. It is known, however, that the vehicle with include a 35-kWh lithium-ion battery pack, it will boast a sporty design and will be expensive, just like all luxury cars made by the German company.

BMW also looks forward to launch a plug-in hybrid model, the electric engine of which will boast a range of 6 miles.

[via The New York Times]

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