BMW announced today that it will build its first regular series production electric vehicle at its plant in Leipzig in northern Germany. The Megacity EV is expected to debut sometime around 2012-13 and will be targeted as an urban commuter vehicle. The next stage in BMW's electric field test program will be the 1 series-based ActiveE that will be put into the hands of drivers in 2011. The ActiveE will use the same type of SB LiMotive lithium ion batteries that will go into the Megacity.
In addition to vehicle assembly in Leipzig, BMW will also partner with SGL Carbon, SGL Automotive Fibers GmbH & Co KG to produce carbon fiber components, including clutches at plants in Landshut and Wackersdorf in Bavaria.