It’s coming…the vehicle that will “radically alter the motor industry as we know it.” At least, according to Norbert Reithofer, Chairman of the Board of Management of BMW AG. What’s this guy going on about? The new all-electric Megacity Vehicle from BMW, set to hit dealerships in 2013.
According to the Edumunds Green Car Advisor, the Megacity Vehicle is the electrified, four-seat version of BMW’s 1-Series Coupe, and its first series-production electric-drive model. This plug-in, zero-emissions urban car features a new-generation of lithium-ion battery that will allow the vehicle to cover about 100 miles on a full charge. (The technology at work in the battery was pioneered through BMW’s concept car, the Concept ActiveE.)
What makes the latest all-electric so revolutionary, in the eyes of BMW? The fact that it makes use of ultra-light, high-strength composite carbon fiber-reinforced plastic (CFRP), an entirely new material for the auto industry, which will help it to address the pivotal role that weight plays in maximizing EV range. “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, in a statement. With this car, the company hopes to address the commuting needs of the world’s increasingly urban population.