BMW's Electric City Car to Launch in U.S. in 2012

Colum Wood
by Colum Wood

BMW will bring a small electric vehicle to market in the United States by 2012 according to BMW CEO Norbert Reithofer. The car will be a small (very-small) three door, four-seater hatchback. In fact, it’s so tiny that it will not only fit under the 1 Series and the MINI Cooper, it will slot in under sub-compact cars as one of the very few mini cars on U.S. roads.

Reithofer did not say if this is the vehicle that will bring back the Isetta name. In fact, it may not even use the BMW brand name, or the MINI one. Regardless, the design of the BMW City EV will be much more appealing than the Isetta with a coupe-like profile and typically-BMW short overhangs.

The upcoming BMW EV City is the first of several vehicles to come from BMW’s Project i. It will use a lithium-ion battery pack with a range of 100 miles. Gas and diesel versions will also be produced but likely for sale in developing economies, like China and India.

[Source: LeftLaneNews]

Colum Wood
Colum Wood

With AutoGuide from its launch, Colum previously acted as Editor-in-Chief of Modified Luxury & Exotics magazine where he became a certifiable car snob driving supercars like the Koenigsegg CCX and racing down the autobahn in anything over 500 hp. He has won numerous automotive journalism awards including the Best Video Journalism Award in 2014 and 2015 from the Automotive Journalists Association of Canada (AJAC). Colum founded Geared Content Studios, VerticalScope's in-house branded content division and works to find ways to integrate brands organically into content.

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