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Megacity Vehicle

  • BMW i3 Concept

    Driving is often a pain, particularly in dense, congested urban cores. Start and stop, brake suddenly, stay carefully in your lane, drive defensively, then park in tight spaces. What if the car could do all that for you? Last week, BMW showed off its new BMW i3 Concept, which points the way toward the 2014 BMW i3 battery-electric car that it will put on sale in late 2013. The i3 may have the highest degree of autonomous driving we've yet seen--though no one present at the event actually drove the cars, so for the moment, all we have to go on is BMW's description of the "visionary mobility...

  • BMW i3 Concept
    BMW i3 Concept: Battery Electric Urban Minicar—Full Details

    The concept version of the 2014 BMW i3 unveiled today in Frankfurt shows just how radical a change BMW has made from its legacy of gasoline-powered, front-engine, rear-drive sporty vehicles. For one, it’s entirely powered by electricity. The flat lithium-ion battery pack is built into the...

  • BMW Megacity Vehicle official teaser
    Official BMW i Preview Coming Tomorrow

    BMW is holding a global press conference in Frankfurt, Germany tomorrow to promote its new i division aimed at sustainable motoring solutions for the future. Our own green car expert John Voelcker is on his way to Frankfurt as you read this and will be bringing us all the information direct from...

  • BMW Megacity Vehicle official teaser
    BMW i3 Electric Car Coming With 100-Mile Range And $35,000 Sticker: Report

    The upcoming BMW i3, the car formerly known as the Megacity Vehicle and the first production all-electric car from BMW, is set to revolutionize the way mainstream cars are engineered and built, with most of its internal structure and body being composed of lightweight composite materials such as...

  • 2011 Chevrolet Volt
    BMW Hires Lead Electric-Car Engineer From Chevy Volt Team

    Not so long ago, the notion of luxury German brand BMW hiring an engineer from General Motors might have been a stretch. The company prefers to promote engineers from within its Munich engineering headquarters. But reports that Frank Weber, the lead engineer of the 2011 Chevrolet Volt team, has...

  • BMW press event introducing 'i' sub-brand, Munich, Feb 2011
    BMW Confirms 'i' Electric Sub-Brand, Lineup: MegaCity Now i3

    Auto marketers and PR people have a love-hate relationship with the Internet. It lets them connect directly with users and fans, but it also transmits facts, leaks, and rumors at lightning speed. That meant that this morning's BMW press conference, telecast live from BMW Welt in a snowy Munich...

  • BMW ActiveE

    The BMW ActiveE, first unveiled at the 2010 Detroit Auto Show, is BMW's second attempt at an all-electric vehicle. It follows the not-very-pleasant Mini E, of which 600 examples were tested in the U.S. and Europe during 2009 and 2010. Ahead of the upcoming Geneva Motor Show, BMW has now released new photographs and a very detailed description of the car's features. The ActiveE should be a considerably better vehicle, and it's worth noting that it's the first one that BMW has permitted to wear the hallowed BMW rondel. Its lithium-ion battery pack is liquid-cooled, which offers better control...

  • BMW Megacity Vehicle official teaser
    BMW May Only Lease Its Advanced MegaCity 'i' Electric Car

    Of all the electric vehicles planned by major automakers, few are more eagerly awaited than the BMW MegaCity 'i' all-electric urban car, expected to go into production late in 2013 or early in 2014. It's a BMW, which means it will be sporty and handle well. It's likely to be the smallest BMW since...

  • Audi A1 e-tron Concept
    VW Vexed By 'Anarchic' Audi A1 E-Tron Electric? Nein, Says Audi

    We've loved the concept of the Audi A1 e-Tron concept since its launch at the 2010 Geneva Motor Show last March. It's a range-extended electric vehicle (like the 2011 Chevy Volt) that uses a tiny Wankel rotary engine to run a generator that produces electricity to power the car once its lithium-ion...

  • BMW prototype based on Vision EfficientDynamics concept
    BMW's Plug-In Hybrid Supercar May Be Named i8, Cost $200,000

    BMW is pressing forward with its plans to build a production version of the striking plug-in hybrid concept car it called Vision Efficient Dynamics, unveiled at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September 2009. According to reports filtering out of Germany, the model that goes on sale in October 2013 may...

  • BMW Megacity Vehicle official teaser
    BMW Green Vehicles, Including Megacity Electric, Named 'i'

    The BMW "MegaCity" carbon-fiber all-electric car, scheduled for launch in 2013, may be the most radical BMW in decades. BMW had confirmed that this first production electric car to wear the BMW badge would be the first of a sub-brand within the make, much as its "M" series of performance editions...

  • BMW prototype based on Vision EfficientDynamics concept
    BMW Green: Plug-In Hybrid Sports Coupe, MegaCity Plant OKed

    BMW is moving full steam ahead with its plans to offer new, radically more fuel efficient vehicles in the next decade. Today, the company said it would put its striking Vision EfficientDynamics concept car into production, to be offered for sale starting in October 2013. And, it signed off on an...

  • BMW Megacity Vehicle official teaser

    Though it’s not scheduled to go on sale until 2013, BMW’s upcoming Megacity Vehicle will appear in near-production form one year earlier, at the 2012 Olympics Games taking place in London. BMW is the official automotive partner for the 2012 games so you can bet that a small fleet of the zero-emission Megacity Vehicles will be carrying officials to and from events throughout the days of the Games. The Olympic Games has consistently proven to be the most watched event on television, with global audiences ranging into the billions, and this makes it an ideal platform to unveil a car that...

  • BMW Megacity Vehicle official teaser
    BMW Teases Megacity Vehicle (MCV) Ahead Of 2013 Launch

    BMW's plans for the future have been dramatic and decidedly high-tech of late, including the U.S.-bound 1-Series ActiveE and the BMW Vision EfficientDynamics concept, itself headed to production in the next few years. Today, BMW has released a teaser for an all-electric car under the project name...

  • BMW Megacity Vehicle announcement
    Audi and BMW Race To Sell EVs To Consumers

    If You Ask These Two Automakers, Electrification Is Where It’s At

  • 2009 BMW Concept ActiveE
    BMW MegaCity Urban Electric Car To Be Built of Carbon Fiber

    We don't know what it looks like yet, but another detail emerged yesterday on BMW's upcoming tiny MegaCity urban electric vehicle: It will be built out of carbon fiber that is partly made in the U.S. BMW will partner with composites expert SGL Group to construct a new plant in Moses Lake...

  • 2009 BMW Concept ActiveE
    BMW Project Megacity: Ultimate (Electric, Urban) Driving Machine?

    BMW has now produced two electric cars: the two-seat Mini E, of which 600 examples are on test in the U.S., Europe, and U.K., and the new ActiveE Concept unveiled at last month's Detroit Auto Show, which will be similarly tested starting next year. But these are just preludes. The company will...

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