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)
  • 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: Automotive News – sub. req.]

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