BMW spies all-electric eco car
Luxury car manufacturer BMW is reportedly considering launching an entirely zero carbon, battery-powered car.
The marque's chief executive, Norbert Reithofer, said that his company had yet to make a final decision about whether or not to produce the all-electric vehicle, but the Guardian reported unnamed insiders as describing it as "technically feasible".
Should such a vehicle also prove to be economically viable for consumers then analysts say the manufacturer will most likely go ahead with the plan, mindful of the current wave of attention energy efficiency is currently receiving in the motor industry.
BMW has already launched a prototypical hydrogen-powered version of its high-performance 7 Series and is presently working with Mercedes and General Motors to develop a new range hybrid models.
Those vehicles are set to hit the market some time next year and will consume about 20 per cent less fuel than their conventional counterparts.
The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders recently published a report showing that average CO2 emissions from new British cars have fallen by some 13 per cent since 1997.
Article Date: 19 March 2008
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