The company was testing the electric-drive prototype at its testing facility somewhere in Scandinavia, the website said, adding that it was unclear whether the car had a battery-electric or extended-range plug-in powertrain. Motor Authority posted pictures of the prototype here. The battery-electric i3 is expected to have a single-charge range of about 80 miles and a 0-60 mile-per-hour acceleration time of about eight seconds.
BMW said late last year that it would start selling its battery-electric i3 four-door next year and would start producing the plug-in hybrid-electric i8 two-door sports car the following year. An i8 prototype was featured last year in "Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol," starring Tom Cruise. Last month, the German automaker released a video promoting both the i3 and i8.
In January, BMW started delivering the i3 precursor – the ActiveE – to customers who agreed to lease the vehicle in markets such as New York, Boston and Los Angeles.