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BMW’s Planned Electric Car May Be Going Global

May 02, 2008

MUNICH, GERMANY – It was reported BMW is considering production of an all-electric Zero Emissions Vehicle (ZEV). Originally developed in answer to California regulations requiring large automakers to sell a number of ZEVs each year starting in 2012, according to a report in the UK’s Autocar, BMW may now be planning to offer the vehicle in markets around the world, according to



California’s regulations also allow for Advanced Technology Partial Zero-Emission hybrids and fuel-cell vehicles to fulfill the requirement, among other technologies. However, BMW has said it will most likely go in the direction of an all-electric powertrain, which would also lend itself to the growing number of European cities beginning to regulate CO2 emissions.


In addition, BMW recently created a new unit called “Project I,” which is tasked with developing an eco-friendly city car. There is speculation that the vehicle could be based on the ZEV. Instead of battery power, however, the Project i car would most likely use gasoline or diesel propulsion —- possibly even from a motorcycle engine. According to Autocar, the automaker may work with Austrian company Magna Steyr on the project, or even possibly form a partnership with Mercedes’ Smart.





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