• Feb 16, 2011

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As more details about BMW's upcoming Megacity EV trickle out, we learn that the electric city car will be offered with a small internal combustion engine designed to replenish the depleted batteries while in motion. The news, delivered by BMW Financial Officer Frederick Eichinerto to German website Focus.de, is interesting as the Megacity was first reported to be solely a pure EV.

With a lightweight carbon fiber chassis, BMW's Megacity has enough space up front to accommodate the optional engine without worry, so customers will have the choice of leaving the space empty (to increase luggage capacity) or have the combustion engine fitted (to increase range). The Megacity will use lithium-ion batteries with a reported 35 kWh of capacity and is expected to have a pure-EV driving range of about 100 miles. The range-extender engine should add to that significantly - good news to customers still fraught with range anxiety.

[Source: BMWBLOG]

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      • 3 Years Ago
      Awww gee, where did I hear that before?.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Unfortunately, I dont see this surviving in the United States. Even as a pure lease vehicle, this is going to cost a fortune with all that carbon fiber. If you live in a city with great public transportation, your better off doing that and getting a zip car for whenever you need extra freedom.
      • 3 Years Ago
      The EV battery capacity and range don't seem right to me? The Leaf does 100 miles on a 24 kWh battery, so I would expect the BMW to go alot further than 100 miles on a 35 kWh battery given it is meant to be very lightweight?