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By Laurent J. Masson ·
August 02, 2011

BMW i8 Plug-in Hybrid: Best-looking Disappointment EV Fans Have Ever Seen

I was enthusiastic when BMW unveiled its Vision EfficientDynamics concept two years ago. Now that we have details about its current version, the BMW i8, I suggest that BMW drop the plug-in hybrid part of it, and make the i8 a standard hybrid, like the Toyota Prius. I view its electric mode as a marketing gimmick.

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By Brad Berman ·
February 28, 2011

Will BMW Produce the Ultimate (Electric) Driving Machine?

The jury of electric car enthusiasts is split over the significance of BMW’s unveiling last week of an entire brand dedicated to electric drive vehicles. Some received the announcement of a new “i” series of vehicles with enthusiasm, while others are taking a “wait and see” approach.

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By Brad Berman ·
February 07, 2011

False Reports That BMW Plans to Lease, But Not Sell, Its 2013 Megacity Electric Car

In 2013, when BMW releases its full production electric car known now as “Megacity,” it will reflect a six-year project to rethink all aspects of the automobile—including the core vehicle structure and materials, manufacturing processes, and obviously the drivetrain. But it one key area—marketing—the Megacity might be more of a throwback than a bold move into the future. According to Automotive News, BMW will lease the vehicle rather than sell it—an approach that harkens back to the painful chapter of electric cars when General Motors snatched the EV1 from its leaseholders. Yet, inside sources tell us that the Automotive News is wrong.

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By Nick Chambers ·
November 05, 2010

Video: BMW Confirms Production of Vision Plug-in Hybrid Supercar

During a week of relatively quiet green car news, BMW has unleashed a barrage of new information including a confirmation that the much anticipated Vision plug-in hybrid supercar is green lighted for production.

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By Nick Chambers ·
November 05, 2010

BMW Investing $561 Million in One Facility to Build Megacity Electric Car

Today BMW showed just how committed it is to the Megacity concept by announcing a whopping €400 million (~$561 million) investment in an existing Leipzig, Germany, manufacturing plant to get it ready to build the company's first electric car.

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By Nick Chambers ·
November 04, 2010

BMW Vision Plug-In Hybrid Supercar Reportedly to Hit Market in 2013

A German auto enthusiast magazine reports the BMW Vision plug-in hybrid supercar has indeed been approved for production and is moving steadily towards that goal with an onsale date sometime in 2013.

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By Michael Coates ·
September 19, 2010

Europeans Push For New Charger Plug

Concerned about fast-charging that will allow EVs to fully replace internal combustion engine vehicles, German automakers are pushing for an upgraded connector plug that will accommodate Level 3 and future direct current (DC) charging.

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By Nick Chambers ·
September 09, 2010

BMW Teases Plug-in Hybrid Concept on '' Website

Earlier this week, BMW launched a website called in a clear attempt to force the pictures and information on the website to go viral. Although it's not exactly a treasure trove of information, the site does show what appears to be an extension of the work BMW started with the Vision EfficientDynamics plug-in hybrid concept they unveiled last year.

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By Nick Chambers ·
August 20, 2010

2013 BMW Megacity Electric Car Gets an In-Depth Analysis

In a series of three articles over at Autocar, the much anticipated 2013 BMW Megacity—the first production intent electric vehicle offering from the German automaker—has been treated to a fairly in-depth analysis.

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By Brad Berman ·
February 02, 2010

BMW Plug-in Hybrid Sports Car Coming in 2013

A senior BMW executive last week told that its 356-horsepower plug-in hybrid 2+2 concept sports car is headed for production in 2013. Only time will tell if the comment is backed by a real commitment from BMW. Regardless, the vehicle follows an emerging trend that the world’s fastest and most expensive sports vehicles will utilize some form of efficient electric-drive technology.

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