BMW's next generation vehicle program using electric drive trains in MINI vehicles begins this fall.
Wayne Gerdes - CleanMPG
- July 11, 2008
Munich -- Over the next few months, the BMW Group will be carrying out various field tests on electrically powered vehicles to determine the alternative drive of the future. Several hundred
MINI brand vehicles are being prepped for the trials. The cars, built in the Oxford plant, will be modified accordingly in Munich.
"This step will allow the BMW Group to gain an initial knowledge of how mobility can be achieved efficiently using purely electrically powered vehicles. Our task here is to combine the ultimate driving experience with an efficient electrified drive with practically no emissions", underlined Dr. Norbert Reithofer, Chairman of the Board of Management of BMW AG.
The tests on alternative drives in a MINI body will be used over the next 12-18 months to refine the technology. Details about the drive concept and its marketing will be published towards the end of the year.
The electrification of the automobile revolution is coming and BMW does not want to miss out.