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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 an optional small internal combustion engine designed to replenish the depleted batteries while the vehicle is driven. 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 vehicle.

With a lightweight carbon fiber chassis, BMW's Megacity has enough space up front to accommodate the optional engine without worry. Therefore, 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. It is expected to have a driving range in pure-EV mode of about 100 miles. The range-extender engine should add to that significantly – good news to customers still fraught with range anxiety.


  • BMW Group Megacity Vehicle Design Sketch (07/2010)
  • BMW Group Megacity Vehicle Design Sketch (07/2010)
  • Lithium-Ion high voltage storage battery (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 (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)
  • Carbonfibre coil (06/2010)
  • CFRP bumper carrier BMW M6 (06/2010)
  • CFRP-Roof BMW M3: Fibre Layering (06/2010)
  • CFRP-Roof BMW M3 (06/2010)
  • BMW plant Landshut: Separator coating in the RTM Press (Resin Transfer Mould) (06/2010)
  • BMW plant Landshut: Preforming of 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)

[Source: BMWBLOG]


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