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Urban cars are the next big thing if BMW’s push to develop its MegaCity Vehicle (MCV) is any indication. The four-passenger one-box subcompact would be powered by an array of lithium-ion batteries running a rear axle-mounted electric motor. The new car is similar to previous efforts by Volkswagen’s Up! Concept, which also uses a rear

Urban cars are the next big thing if BMW’s push to develop its MegaCity Vehicle (MCV) is any indication. The four-passenger one-box subcompact would be powered by an array of lithium-ion batteries running a rear axle-mounted electric motor.

The new car is similar to previous efforts by Volkswagen’s Up! Concept, which also uses a rear axle motor, as well as the recently unveiled Ford Start. The BMW sketch released is not dissimilar to the sub-B Class proposal from the Blue oval.

The German automaker believes there is a market for an electric powered 5-door hatch for urban areas that is fully-electric, is fun to drive and embodies BMW DNA. While the car is being pitched as a premium offering, BMW is also looking at positioning the car as the first offering of a new brand in addition to BMW and Mini –think of an upscale Scion competitor, when it comes to market in 2013.

While BMW showed only sketches of the car (it’s expected we’ll see the first concept at Frankfurt in 2011), BMW chief designer Adrian van Hooydonk, said the new car is important because it must convey an upscale, emotional appeal that the same time draws on consumer desires for a vehicle that is environmentally responsible. “The MCV will look clean, it will look like the future has arrived,” he said, stressing that “emotion is very important” to the success of the car and that it must have a “high emotional content.”

The MCVis a flexible design that relies heavily on composites, including carbon fiber, to give it strength and lightness. Van Hooydonk said that the design will likely incorporate panels that show off the lightweight materials, further enhancing the sustainability message. In its pure electric form, BMW said the MCV will be powered by a 170 bhp motor and have a range of about 100 miles. Other variants could include a range-extended model that incorporates a small, internal combustion engine similar to the Chevy Volt.

In pursuing the MCV project, BMW has identified 30 so-called Mega Cities around the world from Los Angeles to Shanghai that have something on the order of 8 million inhabitants each, for total potential market of 280 million people. Much of the MCV knowledge has been gleaned from its Mini E and BMW 1-Series based ActiveE electric vehicle projects as well as its stepped up efforts to product carbon fiber in its regular production vehicles as a way of reducing weight and improving fuel economy. [...]Related posts:
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BMW Megacity teaser photos released



BMW released the first teaser images of the 2013 Megacity.

Set to become one of the most innovative vehicles on the market, the Megacity boasts a futuristic design and a carbon fiber reinforced plastic (CFRP) body. While several photos seem to suggest the Megacity will feature rear-hinged suicide doors, like the Rolls Royce Phantom / Ghost, the car will be a two-door coupe. It will measure approximately 157 inches (4 meters) long and offer seating for four.

The Megacity will have rear-wheel drive and a 150 hp (112 kW / 152 PS) electric motor which is powered a 35 kWh lithium-ion battery. BMW estimates the car will have a range of at least 100 miles (161 km) and a top speed of 95 mph (153 km/h).

Eventually, the company will introduce additional Megacity variants. The second model, dubbed ICV (Intracity Vehicle), will be launched in 2015. It will retain the two-door layout, but drop the rear seats. In 2017, BMW will unveil the UCV (Urban Commuter Vehicle) which features an extended wheelbase, four doors, and seating for five.

According to Martin Arlt, head of Project i, "In the future, leadership in the premium segment will belong to whichever manufacturer builds its products in the most efficient and resource-friendly way - and offers its customers the most advanced and exciting solutions for eco-friendly personal mobility. The BMW Group will continue this pioneering role in the future too."


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BMW’s first Megacity Vehicle (MCV) teaser

BMW has released the first teaser image of the Megacity Vehicle, along with a few details about the radical new compact electric car. BMW first confirmed earlier reports of the production intent for the Megacity Vehicle in late April, plotting the course for a 2013 release. BMW says the Megacity Vehicle will become the [...]



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