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12BMW offers history lesson on 40 years of electric vehicle efforts

If nothing else, we can thank BMW for giving us the rare opportunity to post a picture of one of its classic, super-boxy '70s models. In this case, it's an electrified version of its 1602, the progenitor to the popular 2002. The 1602 was the German automaker's first foray into electric-vehicle production, and the company made two of them to ferry officials for the 1972 Munich Summer Olympic Games around. The cars had a single-charge range of just 37 miles.

AddBack in time: a gallery of BMW's electric car prototypes through the years

Historic BMW Electric Vehicles - Click for high-res image gallery

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