After seeing the Mini E and the Active Electric 1-series concept, we were convinced BMW was serious about ultimately building its "Megacity" electric vehicle. The automaker seems to be moving increasingly closer to such a goal, as it announced it will build the Megacity in Leipzig, Germany.
"The BMW Group will build the car of the future in Leipzig with high-tech innovations from Bavaria," said Norbert Reithofer, BMW's chairman. "The main reasons behind this are the qualities that Germany has to offer: We have a tried and tested production network here, and high levels of education and outstanding competencies at our disposal."
Although details of the car are still under wraps, we have learned from BMW that the car will use a considerable amount of carbon fiber in its structure to help save weight. In fact, BMW's formed a joint venture with several fiber companies to weave the carbon fiber composites in Wackersdorf, Germany.
BMW won't have its Megacity vehicle ready for public consumption until 2014 at the earliest, but will continue to test its EV technologies through limited-lease programs. The 1-series Active E will be leased to select customers in the same fashion as the Mini E was, but details surrounding the program -- and its timing -- have not been announced.