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BMW CEO confirms two-powertrain city car

News | September 11th, 2008 by 3

For the past few months, several rumors regarding a BMW eco-friendly car have been floating around the internet. The so rumored Project i concept has …

BMW CEO confirms two powertrain city car

For the past few months, several rumors regarding a BMW eco-friendly car have been floating around the internet. The so rumored Project i concept has been slightly confirmed by BMW executives many times. In a recent interview with Die Zeit, BMW’s CEO itself, Herr Reithofer, has validated those rumors: Project i  will have a delivery day set for 2015. 

As we have mentioned before, the two-powertrain vehicle will be electric powered and it will represent a solution for congested city motoring. But Herr Reithofer does reveal something new, contrary to the expectations of some, the Project i will be also combustion powered.

“It’ll be a car with a completely new look, with two engines available. One will be a very efficient internal combustion engine and the other will be a purely electric model,” said Reithofer.

By offering also an efficient combustion engine for the Project i, BMW will focus on marketing the electric version mostly for the U.S market, due to the new California law that will require automakers to offer zero emission vehicles by 2010. 

This is another proof that the game is changing, we live in different times and BMW is looking to adjust to the current situation. I would have never thought I will see a miniature bimmer on the street, but we need to always look forward.

[Source: MotorAuthority ]

  • adood84

    when he says combustion engine I think he means hydrogen engine, because the hydrogen engine is a combustion engine.

  • Gragop

    ugh, I think I give up on BMW

  • BIMMER1

    wow….forget the city car and make this the new version Z3M coupe! I see alot of the “Shoe” in that design. Maybe just call it a Z coupe ro something since it doesn’t look like the Z4 at all. I like it though.

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