To be launched in 2013 is BMW's Megacity electric car, which will be the first model to be released from its new sub-brand family of radical electric vehicles. The Megacity, which is a full five-seater in the Golf class, will be rear-engined and will have rear-wheel drive. It will establish a new design language for electric cars.
However, insiders believe that the Megacity will share several styling features with mainstream BMWs since it is a sub-brand rather than a marque like the Mini. The Megacity features a lightweight, low-cost carbonfiber body, jointly developed with SGL Carbon and made at a new factory in Moses Lake, Washington, in the US.
The SGL Group is pouring in a $100 million initial investment for the venture, which will be located in a 60-acre site and will create up to 80 jobs.
There was a previous report that the Megacity will take on the Triumph name but this has since been denied. There have been no updates on what the new name will be but what's definite is that it will later feature a range of cars, including sporting models.
BMW has said that it has developed a highly innovative, lower-cost, mass market-compatible method of producing carbonfiber monocoque bodywork.
As a result, the Megacity's potential price and weight will be reduced and this will improve the range and performance. The car's range is expected to be around 160 miles, helped by its aerodynamic efficiency and bodywork that is a breakthrough in mass production terms.