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BMW’s Vision EfficientDynamics Concept Supercar
Posted By Jorge Chapa On August 31, 2009 @ 11:00 pm In Green Transportation | 6 Comments
We’ve all heard the term “vehicle of the future ” being tossed around by everyone, but what does it mean? BMW’s response  is the Vision EfficientDynamics concept  vehicle, a low carbon plug-in hybrid supercar geared towards the premium end of the market that they hope will point the way for their future in this increasingly fuel-efficiency-minded market. Read on to see how it stacks up.
Of course, for most of us, what matters is the day to day use. For those occassions, the vehicle can be used in an electric  mode only, which can be recharged thanks to its plug-in module. In its electric mode, the vehicle stores the energy on its lithium polymer cells, which allow it to drive for around 50km (31 miles) on a single charge. This can be extended a bit thanks to its regenerative braking system.
All is well and good, and we must admit that it looks better than anything that BMW has put out in years. The car design is slick and smooth with a visage that clearly calls out for attention. The vehicle seats up to 4 people (in theory as we’d like to say) in an interior designed to use as many natural materials as it can do so at this time. The vehicle has been optimized in both its drag coefficient (based on Formula 1 studies), and its weight, which has been reduced and redistributed to maximize energy efficiency and improve driveability.
As a final touch, both the roof and door inserts become opaque to reduce the amount of glare coming into the vehicle – quite a nice perk. The car will officially be unveiled at the Frankfurt Auto Show  in September.
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 Image: http://www.inhabitat.com/2009/08/31/bmws-vision-efficientdynamics-concept-supercar/vision-6/
 vehicle of the future: http://www.inhabitat.com/index.php?s=electric+car
 BMW’s response: http://www.inhabitat.com/2009/02/03/z10-ed-by-bmw/
 Vision EfficientDynamics concept: https://www.press.bmwgroup.com/pressclub/p/pcgl/pressDetail.html?outputChannelId=6&id=T0039554EN&left_menu_item=node__2368
 emissions output: http://www.inhabitat.com/transportation/
 Frankfurt Auto Show: http://www.autoblog.com/category/frankfurt-auto-show/
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