BMW is in the transition to make every BMW car available in a hybrid version. It has begun the transition with the Porshe 918 and will continue to use that platform as a stepping stone for other vehicles. But at the same time, BMW is planning for its ultimate goal to have every car in electric form.
“In 2020, electric vehicles will be 5 to 15 percent of the electric vehicle market,” Reithofer said. “So we will have a long transition.”
Starting in 2013, BMW is planning to bring its Megacity Vehicle to market. The subcompact electric car will have a passenger compartment that is built with carbon fiber composite, which is very light but quite expensive. With the use of carbon fiber and aluminum, the BMW Megacity Vehicle able to shed off 772 pounds. It is expected to be around 155 inches in length, and despite of its small size, the Megacity Vehicle will have cargo space as well.
As for the electric drivetrain, BMW is building its own as well as other components such as the battery pack and a high-voltage storage unit. Nevertheless, BMW will certainly get battery cells for the Megacity Vehicle from SB LiMotive. The BMW Megacity Vehicle electric car will be using a 100-kilowatt motor mounted on the rear end.
The transition to full electric vehicles won’t be cheap. BMW CEO Norbert Reithofer said, “Electric cars will be expensive vehicles in the beginning.” And BMW is planning to charge customers more for electric cars.
BMW plans to show off a Megacity Vehicle prototype during the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. It will be exciting to see the first production BMW Megacity Vehicle electric car in 2013. As always BMW designs beautiful cars, and hopefully, the BMW Megacity Vehicle will look sporty and stylish as well; not like some boring electric cars currently in the market such as the Chevrolet Volt or Nissan LEAF.