BMW Unveils Hybrid Electric Sports Car
BMW hybrid electric car debuts at Frankfurt Motor Show to Strong Reviews
Earlier this week, BMW announced that an electric car based on their Vision EfficientDynamics concept, which debuted at the Frankfurt Motor Show in 2009, is going to be serially produced. A prototype for this new design was recently unveiled at the Leipzig Trade Fair, although a date for its commercial release has not yet been set.
BMW has another electric car currently in the works, the Megacity, but some BMW enthusiasts may be disinterested in this small urban car. The electric car based on the Vision EfficientDynamics concept will however appeal to BMW enthusiasts, or at least those who have plenty of money. Early estimates put the car's eventual price tag around $200,000.
The prototype of the new Vision EfficientDynamics electric car has a 2+2 seating design with two wing doors and an aerodynamic design. The electric car has a three-cylinder turbo diesel engine with electric motors at both the front and rear axles. The car can run 31 miles on power from its lithium-polymer battery alone, releasing no emissions, and a diesel tank extends the car's range over 400 miles. The battery can be fully charged from a normal household plug in less than two and a half hours. The electric car looks and performs like a BMW; it can go from 0-100 km (62 mph) in only 4.8 seconds while achieving better gas mileage than a Toyota Prius.
Although BMW has not yet announced a release date for the Vision EfficientDynamics electric car, there has been speculation that it will be released soon after the Megacity, which will hit the market in 2013.