The Car and Truck Fleet and Leasing Management Magazine

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.





Twitter Facebook Google+


Please note that comments may be moderated. 
Leave this field empty:

Fleet Incentives

Determine the actual cost of owning and running a vehicle in your fleet. Compare vehicles by class and model.


Fleet Faq Fuel Management

Bernie Kanavagh from WEX will answer your questions and challenges

View All


Fleet Tracking And Telematics

Todd Ewing from Fleetmatics will answer your questions and challenges

View All


Fleet Management And Leasing

Merchants Experts will answer your questions and challenges

View All


Sponsored by

The name given in Europe to a kind of national sales tax which is added to the selling price of goods or services, and which in certain circumstances, either recoverable or deductible.

Read more

Alternative Fuel Locator

Use the Alternative Fuel Locator to find stations near you.

Launch Alternative Fuel Locator

Up Next

More From The World's Largest Fleet Publisher