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BMW Megacity EV – Click above for high-res image gallery

When BMW launches the i3 in 2014, it reportedly hopes to move 30,000 of the electric city cars a year. That number is derived from BMW's stated target of matching the volume of its lower-production Mini models.

The i3, formerly known as the Megacity Vehicle, will launch alongside the i8 plug-in hybrid as the first offerings from BMW's new i subbrand. The i8 is based on BMW's 2009 Vision EfficientDynamics Concept. The i8 will fill the sports car market segment for i.

There's no definitive word on pricing yet, but BMW sources have reportedly told AN it expects to price the i3 somewhere north of 40,000 Euro, though presumably it would be significantly cheaper if it reaches North America.

  • BMW Group Megacity Vehicle Design Sketch (07/2010)
  • BMW Group Megacity Vehicle Design Sketch (07/2010)
  • Lithium-Ion high voltage storage battery (06/2010)
  • Lithium-Ion high voltage storage battery (06/2010)
  • High voltage storage battery module and Lithium-Ion battery cell (06/2010)
  • High voltage storage battery module with Lithium-Ion battery cells (06/2010)
  • BMW Group Development Electric Drivetrain: Electric Motor and Gearbox (06/2010)
  • BMW Group Development Electric Drivetrain: Electric Motor and Gearbox (06/2010)
  • BMW Group Development Electric Drivetrain: Electric Motor (06/2010)
  • BMW Group Development Electric Drivetrain: Electric Motor (06/2010)
  • BMW Group Development Electric Drivetrain: Power Electronics (06/2010)
  • BMW Group Development Electric Drivetrain: Power Electronics (06/2010)
  • BMW Group Development Electric Drivetrain: Power Electronics (06/2010)
  • BMW Group Development Electric Drivetrain: Power Electronics (06/2010)
  • BMW Group Development Electric Drivetrain: Power Electronics (06/2010)
  • BMW Group Development Electric Drivetrain: Power Electronics (06/2010)
  • BMW Group Development Electric Drivetrain: Power Electronics (06/2010)
  • BMW Group Development Electric Drivetrain: Power Electronics (06/2010)
  • Experimental vehicle platform with body in white structure made from CFRP (06/2010)
  • Experimental vehicle platform with body in white structure made from CFRP (06/2010)
  • Experimental vehicle platform with body in white structure made from CFRP (06/2010)
  • Experimental vehicle platform with body in white structure made from CFRP (06/2010)
  • Experimental vehicle platform with body in white structure made from CFRP (06/2010)
  • Experimental vehicle platform with body in white structure made from CFRP (06/2010)
  • Experimental vehicle platform with body in white structure made from CFRP (06/2010)
  • Experimental vehicle platform with body in white structure made from CFRP (06/2010)
  • Experimental vehicle platform with body in white structure made from CFRP (06/2010)
  • Experimental vehicle platform with body in white structure made from CFRP (06/2010)
  • Experimental vehicle platform with body in white structure made from CFRP (06/2010)
  • Experimental vehicle platform with body in white structure made from CFRP (06/2010)
  • Experimental vehicle platform with body in white structure made from CFRP (06/2010)
  • Experimental vehicle platform with body in white structure made from CFRP (06/2010)
  • Experimental vehicle platform with body in white structure made from CFRP (06/2010)
  • Experimental vehicle platform with body in white structure made from CFRP (06/2010)
  • Experimental vehicle platform with body in white structure made from CFRP (06/2010)
  • Experimental vehicle platform with body in white structure made from CFRP (06/2010)
  • Weight comparison between steel bumper carrier and CFRP bumper carrier (06/2010)
  • Carbonfibre coil (06/2010)
  • Precursor for manufactoring of CFRP components (06/2010)
  • CFRP bumper carrier BMW M6 (06/2010)
  • Carbonfibre fabric (06/2010)
  • CFRP-Roof BMW M3: Fibre Layering (06/2010)
  • CFRP-Roof BMW M3 (06/2010)
  • CFRP-Roof BMW M3 (06/2010)
  • BMW plant Landshut: Milling of the carbon roof of the BMW M3(06/2010)
  • BMW plant Landshut: Separator coating in the RTM Press (Resin Transfer Mould) (06/2010)
  • BMW plant Landshut: Removal of the CFRP roof of the BMW M3 from the RTM (Resin Transfer Moulding) press (06/2010)
  • BMW plant Landshut: Preforming of the CFRP roof of the BMW M3 (06/2010)
  • BMW plant Landshut: Preforming tool for the CFRP roof of the BMW M3 (06/2010)
  • BMW plant Landshut: Preforming of the CFRP roof of the BMW M3 (06/2010)
  • BMW plant Landshut: Layering of the CFRP roof of the BMW M3 (06/2010)
  • BMW plant Landshut: Layering of the CFRP roof of the BMW M3 (06/2010)

[Source: Automotive News – sub. req.]


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      I'm glad I'm not the only one who noticed that the spy photos look nothing like the sketches from BMW. I hope it's just body panel add-ons for disguise or we might just have a turd on our hands: I hope not.