Rumor: Bmw planning Megacity EV sports car

Article by Christian Andrei, on August 26, 2010

We could expect more variants of BMW's Megacity electric four-seater to appear soon, including an EV sports car, BMW sales and marketing boss Ian Robertson has admitted to Autocar. He said that the Megacity, which will go on sale in 2013, won't be limited to "just one format."

He added that the radical Vision EfficientDynamics sports car concept displayed last year at the Frankfurt Show hints at the likelihood of a pure electric sports car, even if a final production version would be different.

Robertson confirmed that BMW's first mass produced electric car will wear a BMW badge and won't be sold under a separate brand.

When asked about the name for the vehicle, Roberson said that they have yet to finalize it but that they aim for it to be a "strong sub-brand" similar to the M.

BMW has aggressive weight targets for the Megacity, which will be built mainly from carbonfiber. 

About 30% of the weight is shaved off when using carbonfiber as opposed to an equivalent aluminum car, which in turn is usually 30% lighter than a steel bodied car. It's probable that the Megacity won't come cheap, in light of the high cost of development and low sales targets.

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