BMW confirms Megacity electric car for 2013

Posted on Friday, 23 April 2010 , 00:04:12 byAlina

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BMW confirms Megacity electric car for 2013

After BMW first announced plans to establish a new research division called 'Project i,' whose task would be to develop a number of solutions for a vehicle designed for congested city motoring, the German automaker announced, at the Beijing Motor Show, that it will have its much-talked-about Megacity electric car on the market by 2013.

"With this innovative vehicle, designed from the ground up, we will be creating new benchmarks for electric mobility from 2013 on," said Norbert Reithofer, Chairman of the Board of Management of BMW AG. "Our Megacity Vehicle will be significantly lighter than conventional cars and, in terms of sustainability, will set a new standard across the entire value-added chain."

The Megacity Vehicle will be a zero-emission urban vehicle for the world's metropolitan areas and is currently being developed as a part of Project i and will be available under a sub-brand of BMW.

The ultra-light yet high-strength composite CFRP (carbon fiber-reinforced plastic) plays a significant part in the materials mix, BMW said. The materials are very important because weight plays a pivotal role in the range achievable by electrically driven vehicles.

"This vehicle will radically alter the motor industry as we know it. The BMW Group is currently the only company that will be launching a volume-production vehicle on the market that features carbon fibre-reinforced material," explained Reithofer. "We were among the first manufacturers to pick up on the trend towards electric mobility and to act accordingly. More and more people around the globe are very keen on electric driving. Research shows, moreover, that more than half of the population around the world already live in conurbations."

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