More details of the upcoming Project I from Bmw

Article by Christian A., on August 26, 2010

When we talk about fuel saving we know that Bmw has a real advantage here due to its Efficient Dynamics technology. We know that the Bavarian manufacturer is preparing the Project I, a whole new family of eco-vehicles, so let's start with describing a little this new family!

Apparently, the new Z2 will be the flagship of the Project I and will be built in coupe and convertible versions with a single purpose: to defeat the upcoming Audi A1.

The people responsible for this new two-seater are from the M Division, so prepare for an impressive vehicle. The Z2 will weight around 1000 kg and will use super light materials which are cheaper but also represent the future in this domain! 

But this is not all: under the hood it will have a 1,6-liter turbocharged engine developing 150/204 hp but also an electric motor with lithium-ion batteries and will be capable to offer a fuel consumption under 5 l/100 km while the CO1 emissions will be less than 90 g/km. The only problem of the vehicle will be its price of EURO 50,000 which is really expensive but explained easily:

EURO 30,000 for the vehicle and an extra EURO 20,000 for the batteries included in the technology of the car. The most extreme member of this new family of vehicles will be the successor of the Bmw C1 but let us show you the entire plan of Bmw.

Project I will include the following vehicles: two city cars with rear engine and rear wheel drive wearing the Mini badge which will debut in 2012; the new two-seater front-engine (and rear wheel drive) Bmw Z2, available in both coupe and cabrio versions starting from 2013; a four-door coupe, front-engine and rear-wheel drive, wearing the Bmw badge which will make its debut in 2013; two city scooters, including the C1 successor from Bmw in 2012 and a Mini Van (front engine/ front wheel drive) in 2014.

We know this program sounds nice but in reality the developing of the new engines is technically very demanding. Let's just hope that the project will not be affected by the financial crisis.

Topics: bmw, electric car

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