Pictures and information have finally been released of the radical MCV (Mega City Vehicle) electric car from BMW. According to a company statement, the four-seater represents an innovative solution for sustainable urban mobility. It will be offered under a BMW sub-brand and will enter the market by 2013.
The MCV is equipped with a newly developed drivetrain based around a rear-mounted electric motor (which produces over 100Kw) and battery pack.
BMW had implied that there will be a range-extender version of the car that will use a tiny internal combustion engine to top-up the batteries. BMW describes the architecture of the MCV's CFRP (Carbon Fibre Reinforced Plastic) as revolutionary.
This structure, which is dubbed LifeDrive, has the same strength as steel but is 50% lighter than aluminum.
BMW's Martin Arlt said that the carmaker that will lead in the premium segment will be the company that delivers its products in the most efficient and resource-friendly way and one that gives its customers the most advanced and exciting solutions for eco-friendly personal mobility. The drive system remains the heartbeat of a car, and that also applies to electric vehicles, said Draeger.
Powertrains also remain a core area of expertise of Bayerische Motoren Werke. Electromobility and the hallmark BMW driving pleasure make an excellent match, if you go about things the right way.
For this reason we are developing the powertrain for the Megacity Vehicle in-house that includes the electric motor, the power electronics and the battery system.