Gallery: BMW Reveals First Details About Its Electric Car

 

Luxury car fans, start your engines — BMW’s very first electric vehicle is on its way. The Megacity Vehicle, set to be released in 2013, is made out of lightweight carbon fiber and aluminum and will be built from the ground up using the company’s “LifeDrive structure”, which is reportedly as strong as steel but 50% lighter than standard aluminum. In comparison, many other automakers base electric models on already-available gasoline-powered vehicles.

Among the other bits of information BMW has revealed: the car will offer a 35-kWh lithium-ion battery pack, and it will be sporty, stylish, and expensive (like most BMW luxury vehicles). Eventually, BMW hopes to release a plug-in hybrid version, which will likely have an electric-only range of 6 miles.

Beyond those few details, BMW is staying mum about the vehicle. Stay tuned — we’ll keep you updated as more details come to light.

Via New York Times

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6 Comments

  1. Valinda June 1, 2011 at 12:12 am

    What a joy to find such clear thinking. Tahnks for posting!

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  4. blogalotzoe July 16, 2010 at 10:24 am

    if anyone is looking for a fuel efficient car I would recommend searching them used on trovit.com …or maybe a used Beamer!

  5. kkkk July 8, 2010 at 7:31 am

    where the hell is da kidney grrrill??????????

  6. BPG131313 July 3, 2010 at 8:36 pm

    Electric cars are coming along nicely. Do they have one that charges fast and can handle a midwest winter (and all the snow) yet?

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