A BMW 5-series electric car concept has been unveiled on the eve of the Beijing motor show.
Based on the long-wheelbase version of the 5-series, the car, called the Echo, has been developed in a joint project between BMW and Tongji University.
While technical details of the car are being kept under the wraps until its unveiled at the show, we do know that the concept has an all-electric range of 62 miles. The car is being described as being “built in China, by China, and for China” by BMW and sources say that there are currently no plans to put it into production.
“The Chinese government is investing billions of dollars in electric car technology, and that is pushing development at an incredible pace,” said the source. “Electric cars make so much sense for China; at present it has to import crude oil and it has a pollution problem, yet it has access to hundreds of years’ worth of coal, and therefore easy electricity.”