BMW Getting Electrified; "New Energy Vehicle"


BMW is joining the march towards electric and hybrid cars. In addition to previously announced entries, the luxury car company is reportedly set to unveil what it calls a "New Energy Vehicle" at the 2011 Shanghai Motor Show in April.

4 Wheels News reports:

According to the carmaker, the model will be firm’s e-car from China for China and will be based on the 5-Series LWB (long wheelbase). The car will be a plug-in hybrid and promises to benefit from the strength and the excellent reputation of the BMW brand.

The report goes in to say that BMW is expected to soon being testing what it calls the "Active E" electric vehicles. This is in addition to the company's MINI electric cars that are already being tested in China.

BMW announced a few weeks ago that it will also be electrifying its venerable "I" series cars. "The BMW i3 will be company’s first all-electric vehicle for the world's urban centers. While the i8 will combine the performance of a sports car with the fuel consumption of a small car."

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