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More details about the Megacity

by Bimmerfest.com Member - on January 26, 2011 at 12:40:01 PM

BMW released a few more details about the MegaCity electric car. They are showing up in several on-line articles. To go on sale in 2013 Rear-drive 50/50 weight balance. About the size of a VW Golf. It won't be cheap. It won't be sold as a BMW. Batteries and drive components are mounted on an aluminium subframe. Carbon fiber passenger cell mounts on top of this. Weight to be about the same as a conventional steel car. ...

BMW Expands Leipzig plant to produce Megacity zero-emission electric cars

by Tim Jones on November 15, 2010 at 12:40:01 PM
BMW Expands Leipzig plant to produce Megacity zero-emission electric cars

The mobility of the future is under construction in Leipzig. The BMW Group is expanding its plant in Leipzig to make it the first location in Germany equipped to handle the large-scale production of zero-emission electric cars. In the period up to 2013, around €400 million will be invested at the plant in new buildings and machinery for the production of the Megacity Vehicle (MCV). Some 800 jobs will be created in the process. The plant expansion was launched on Friday by German Chancellor Dr...

BMW Vision EfficientDynamics Going Into Production

by Tim Jones on November 05, 2010 at 05:35:43 PM
BMW Vision EfficientDynamics Going Into Production

It was the star of the Frankfurt international motor show IAA in 2009: a four-seater sports car with charismatic design, fascinating performance figures and unsurpassed efficiency, powered by BMW ActiveHybrid technology and presented under the title BMW Vision EfficientDynamics. With its wide range of completely or virtually production-ready components, this concept study met with an overwhelming response. There was a widespread desire to put the car on the road, and the realization of this...

BMW will Produce "Project MegaCity" Electric Vehicles at Leipzig Plant

by Tim Jones on September 29, 2010 at 04:21:42 PM

The BMW Group is developing BMW Plant Leipzig to produce an electric vehicle and making additional investments in a number of facilities in Bavaria. In a joint venture with SGL Carbon, SGL Automotive Fibers GmbH & Co KG, carbon fibre fabrics will be produced in Wackersdorf and processed to CFRP components for the new vehicle at BMW Plant Landshut. Norbert Reithofer, Chairman of BMW AG, confirmed clearly the company's commitment to Germany as an industrial centre: "The BMW Group will build the...

BMW Clarifies ActiveE Electric Vehicle Fleet Size - Sort of, but Not Really

by Tim Jones on September 29, 2010 at 04:21:42 PM

Published reports create inaccurate impression of size of upcoming BMW ActiveE field trial fleet Recent published reports have incorrectly stated that the size of the fleet of BMW ActiveEs that will be deployed during the BMW Group***8217;s second-phase field trial in the US will be limited to 200 vehicles. While the exact size of the fleet has yet to be confirmed, it will be at least as large as the MINI E fleet which is currently in operation. There are 450 MINI Es on the road in the US...

BMW Investing 100M in New Carbon Fiber Manfacturing Plant for Project Megacity

by Tim Jones on September 29, 2010 at 04:21:42 PM

SGL Group and BMW Group announced their joint venture, SGL Automotive Carbon Fibers LLC, will build a state-of-the-art carbon fiber manufacturing plant in Moses Lake, WA. During the initial phase, US$ 100 million will be invested and 80 local jobs will be created. The new facility is an important element of both companies***8217; strategy to commercialize viable manufacturing of ultra light weight carbon fiber reinforced plastics (CFRP) for use in future vehicle concepts. The fibers...

BMW supports "national platform for e-mobility"

by Tim Jones on September 29, 2010 at 04:21:42 PM

BMW is taking an active role in the “national platform for electromobility” launched by German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Berlin on Monday. The BMW Group will contribute its many years of experience in the area of electromobility to the project, plus the extensive scientific results from field tests currently being carried out with the MINI E. The “basic conditions” working group will be chaired jointly by Dr Klaus Draeger, Member of the BMW AG Board of Management responsible for development,...

BMW announcing BMW ActiveE Field Trial Cities - Does your city make the cut?

by Tim Jones on September 23, 2010 at 09:47:55 AM
BMW announcing BMW ActiveE Field Trial Cities - Does your city make the cut?

Later today (September 23rd, 2010) at Opportunity Green in Los Angeles, BMW will announce the markets which will participate in the BMW ActiveE field trial when it begins in summer 2011. The New York metro market and the Greater Los Angeles Area will again play key roles. In Southern California, the metropolitan market of San Diego will be included. Northern California will be included in the BMW ActiveE field trial with the Greater San Francisco and Sacramento areas. In addition to select...

BMW's electric car project 'Megacity' gets positive results with MINI E in the UK

As the second half of the twelve month MINI E field trial begins this week, the outcome of interviews and objective data collected from the first three months, of the December to June 2010 phase of the trial has now been analysed. The key results show that MINI and the BMW Group are gleaning valuable learning that will help shape the specification and operating characteristics of its Megacity vehicle which will make its debut in 2013. The key findings from the first six months of the UK field...

BMW Megacity - The world’s first high volume car with a carbon fiber passenger cell

The BMW Group is once again breaking new ground with the Megacity Vehicle (MCV), due to come onto the market in 2013: "The Megacity Vehicle is a revolutionary automobile. It will be the world's first volume-produced vehicle with a passenger cell made from carbon. Our LifeDrive architecture is helping us to open a new chapter in automotive lightweight design. Indeed, this concept allows us to practically offset the extra 250 to 350 kilograms of weight typically found in electrically powered...


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