BMW has released the first pictures and details of its radical MCV (Mega City Vehicle) electric car.
Weight saving has proved one of the greatest challenges for BMW on this project and in a radical departure, the MCV (Mega-City-Vehicle) will be built from a combination of moulded carbon fibre and aluminium for the chassis, to help reduce the weight as much as possible.
Part of BMW’s Project i initiative, the Megacity (its final name is still unclear) reportedly employs a lithium-ion battery pack with roughly 35 kWh of capacity, mounted below the floor of the car. The battery delivers the juice to a 150 horsepower electric motor driving the rear wheels. Top speed will reportedly be limited to 95 mph.
While the sketches are ambiguous, Automobile Magazine has learned that the MCV will feature a two-door, four-seat configuration. Length measures in at about 157 inches, roughly the same as a Ford Fiesta. The production vehicle is also rumored to be taller than the sketch leads on. An MCV concept car should appear on the BMW stand at the 2011 Frankfurt auto show in September.