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BMW Reveals First Details About Its Electric Car

Posted By Ariel Schwartz On July 2, 2010 @ 4:00 pm In automotive,Green Transportation,Innovation | 6 Comments

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Luxury car fans, start your engines — BMW’s very first electric vehicle [2] is on its way. The Megacity Vehicle, set to be released in 2013, is made out of lightweight carbon fiber [3] 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.

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Among the other bits of information BMW [5] 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 [6]

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[2] electric vehicle: http://inhabitat.com/2010/02/23/bmw-retrofitting-its-leipzig-factory-to-build-electric-vehicles/

[3] carbon fiber: http://www.inhabitat.com/2009/03/10/transportation-tuesday-the-worlds-most-advanced-bicycle/

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[5] BMW: http://www.google.com/url?q=http://www.inhabitat.com/2009/07/28/bmws-stunning-energy-efficient-production-plant/&sa=X&ei=ozkuTPXbKsqonQeG6M3ZAw&ved=0CB8QzgQoADAA&usg=AFQjCNE3zxE8Ld59DpYJ7674EYyqT52N0Q

[6] New York Times: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/07/02/business/global/02bmw.html?src=busln

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