While its Mini division is working developing an electric model, BMW is busy working on plans to create a compact electric car of its own.
German newspaper Die Ziet reports that BMW CEO Norbert Reithofer has confirmed that the company is working on a new subcompact city car, which will be offered with either a conventional engine or an electric propulsion system.
Though BMW’s experimented with electric city cars in the past (the E1 concept, pictured, was one example), the company seems to take this new project much more seriously.; California’s new mandate, which calls for zero-emission vehicles with a 200-mile range by 2012, is perhaps the biggest driving factor for the new car.
As it will be designed for both the U.S. and Europe, Autocar suggests the baby Bimmer could arrive in both markets as early as 2012, possibly badged as an Isetta.