BMW is the exclusive vehicle partner of the 2012 London Summer Olympic Games and it will be using this position to showcase its Megacity electric cars, in nearly production form. The global viewership and exposure of the Olympics presents BMW with a unique opportuity to showcase the Megacity car on a huge global scale.
The only Megacity car variation shown so far is a carbon fiber passenger cell, 4-seat, rear wheel drive, 100% electric vehicle, with its motor underneath the … CONTINUED
The Megacity Vehicle (MCV), due to come onto the market in 2013 will soon be the world’s first volume-produced vehicle with a passenger cell made from carbon fiber. The weight savings will allow an offset of the extra 250 to 350 kg of weight typically found in electrically powered vehicles
Here is the first officially released stunning concept image of the upcoming Megacity vehicle, an all electric “city car.” The BMW Megacity is expected to enter production sometime in 2013. Pictured here is a 4 seater car powered by a rear mounted electric motor (running on batteries). To minimize weight, the Megacity vehicle will feature extensive use of carbon firber reinforced plastics.
More photos shortly.
BMW has announced that its all-electric “Megacity Vehicle” line will launc in 2013. This line of vehicles was designed from the ground up to be fully electric vehicles and will be significantly lighter than conventional cars with heavy use of carbon fiber. It will be a zero-emission urban car for the world’s metropolitan regions. It is currently being developed as part of project i and will be available from 2013 under a sub-brand of BMW.
New trademarks registered by BMW gives some insight into new model lineups that will eventually be added to BMW’s offerings. The new names include: i1, i2, i3, i4, i5, i6, i7, i8, i9, E1, E2, E3, E4, E5, E6, E7, E8, E9, M50d, Urbanic, Gran Coupe, Compactive, and Compactive Tourer.
The “i” lineup of cars could very well be used to designate the sub-compact electric megacity vehicle we’ve been hearing about for a while. The “E” lineup of cars could possibly be used to designate electric versions … CONTINUED
According to a local Washington State TV station BMW and partner SGL are looking at several locations in North America to build a plant specifically for producing carbon fiber material likely for the upcoming iSetta range of cars. According to sources BMW is looking at a location near Moses Lake Washington (US) and an unnamed Canadian city. The project is so secret that those inside the Washington county where Moses Lake resides are only calling it
BMW has finally announced some more news regarding its Megacity Vehicle (aka Isetta) being developed under its project i program. The BMW sub-brand Isetta will produce high efficiency electric vehicles and is expected to come to market by at least 2015. Here is the press release:
According to Auto Motor Und, BMW is expanding its lineup with 2 small models in 2014 – a “Mini” BMW and the BMW City car. The “Mini” BMW will compete with the Mercedes A class and upcoming Audi A1 with a 3 cylinder engine good for 90-170 hp. The other is what the mag is calling “BMW City / Mega City” and is being developed under Project i, BMWs city car and super efficient car program. It’s 4 meters, seats 4, is lighweight, powered … CONTINUED
BMW Concept ActiveE
BMWs vision for the future of the megacity vehicle, dubbed Project-i (Isetta?) comes in the form of this 1-series coupe modified to run on electricity.
For the next major autoshow on schedule, the International Autoshow at Detroit, BMW will bring this car to follow-up the VisionED concept car.
BMW maintains its goals of combining the green energy push with its own motto of "sheer driving pleasure" or "joy". They have aimed to make … CONTINUED
BMW’s “Project i” city car may be dubbed the “City” and be an all electric car, smaller than a Honda Fit and provide a 100-mile range; while keeping BMW styling and proportion.
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AutoExpress UK provides some further insight into the revival of BMW’s mini-car, the Isetta. The publication speculates that the Isetta could appear in UK showrooms as early as 2011.
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BMW insider Scott26 gives us another gem in the form of information about the upcoming BMW Z2 which will apparently be a part of the Project-i which includes hybrid and electric powered vehicles!
The 100mpg fuel busters!
BMW and Fiat are joining forces to bring a revolution in the marketplace in terms of fuel efficiency. I hope this comes true!!!
In March BMW announced that it would establish a new research division called Project i, whose task will be to develop a number of solutions for a vehicle designed for congested city motoring. The goal of Project i was never to exclusively develop one type of vehicle or another, but to come up with a range of technologies BMW could introduce across its fleet or even under a rumored fourth brand (the first three being BMW, Mini and Rolls-Royce).
Project i will run independently … CONTINUED
BMW is poised to give the go-ahead to a tiny Zero Emissions Vehicle (ZEV) that will help to revolutionise city-centre driving. The rear-engined city car could be called Isetta and will first arrive in American showrooms in 2012.
The project was created because of new Californian regulations (soon to be copied by 12 other US states) which require big car makers to sell between a few hundred and a few thousand ZEVs every year from 2012.
However, global sales of the new model … CONTINUED
Autoexpress is reporting today that BMW may bring back the Isetta. Many of you may remember this as Urkels car. In fact, for its time the idea behind this car was to be a small urban mobility vehicle similar to the Mini, or more likely the Smart car range. With increased awareness and drive towards smaller more fuel efficient vehicles for city use, the idea of BMW bringing back the Isetta is not that far off. Of course many of the original cars design qwirks would have to be lost … CONTINUED