BMW has confirmed plans for a future megacity vehicle and now AutoCar is bringing us some new details on the future car. According to the British magazine, BMW will unveil the Megacity in 2013 as a BMW sub-brand. The car will be built in Leipzig, Germany.

BMW boss Norbert Reithofer said: "We keep investing in Germany as a production location - particularly in the field of future-orientated hi-tech. That is BMW. The assignment we have given ourselves from the very beginning is to develop a Megacity vehicle that will be a zero-emission vehicle. And it will be sustainable throughout its entire lifecycle. Simply put, we are on the verge of revolutionizing vehicle production. We will apply carbon and carbon-reinforced materials at a scope unprecedented in series vehicle production." The low-cost, lightweight carbon will be developed with BMW’s new carbon partner, SGL Carbon. The carbon factory will be built in Moses Lake, Washington.

The first model will be launched as a five-seat Golf-size family car that is rumored to get 160 miles on a single charge. We think it is safe to say that the range will continue to grow to include sportscars and other vehicles as BMW’s investment in the Megacity vehicle continues to grow.

More details to follow!


Source: Autocar

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  (512) posted on 05.23.2010

I don’t get the projected 16kwh battery for the Megacity. That’s less than half the size of the packs in both the MINI-E and the ActiveE. People want MORE range, not less.

  (765) posted on 05.20.2010

Breakthrough ... this sounds very impressive ... the usual problems of short range and slow recharge seem to have been overcome if these claims are to be believed ... sign me up for one please smiley

  (858) posted on 05.20.2010

I like it because the powertrain will be closely based on the second-generation electric drive system used in the BMW 1-series coupe-based Active E hybrid, which is more efficient in terms of range, acceleration and battery packaging than the system used in the Mini E. Hopefully this future BMW Megacity electric car can achieve the nearest success of productivity.

  (1022) posted on 05.20.2010

Impressive! But there still few recharging station around OHIO.

  (367) posted on 05.19.2010

What a pretty and impressive mileage.. 190 in a single charge.. let’s hope the battery will last longer than we expected.

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