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World Premiere: BMW ECHO – 5 Series Electric Car

Featured Posts, News | April 22nd, 2010 by 7
BMW ECHO

BMW ECHO is the latest invention from the Munich-based automaker. ECHO is based on the BMW 5 Series Longwheel base and it is an electric …

BMW ECHO is the latest invention from the Munich-based automaker. ECHO is based on the BMW 5 Series Longwheel base and it is an electric car concept that has been just unveiled at the Beijing Motor Show.

According to a report by Autocar citing BMW sources, ECHO, has been developed in a joint project between BMW and Tongji University.

The car is being exclusively built “in China, by China and for China”, and according to Autocar, BMW had entered into the co-operation with the government-backed university as a one-off test bed to gauge how advanced Chinese electric car technology is.

World Premiere: BMW ECHO   5 Series Electric Car

“The Chinese government is investing billions of dollars in electric car technology, and that is pushing development at an incredible pace,” said the source. “Electric cars make so much sense for China; at present it has to import crude oil and it has a pollution problem, yet it has access to hundreds of years’ worth of coal, and therefore easy electricity.”

The Echo was built at BMW’s Shanyang facility in China, using Chinese-sourced technology. “Chinese car makers will come up with interesting electric cars, but at present they are making bold claims without showing what they can actually do,” added the source. “This is our way of finding out.”

Stay tuned for more information and first photos!

  • Mike

    Yeah, burning coal is the solution to our climate problems and China’s pollution problems. “There is no such thing as ‘clean coal’ and there never will be. It’s an oxymoron” [Dan Becker, director of the Sierra Club's Global Warming and Energy Program]

    • Doug

      I see the oxymoron about china trying to use coal to clean up it’s polution problem, but not about there never being “clean” coal. It depends on what means they employ to capture pollutants, and how their use is enforced.

      There was a description of the toxic by-products of battery manufacture and recycling somewhere, and the fuel costs of the supporting logistics — it sounded that the net gain was questionable, and the advantage more of shifting the impact strategically to other places.

  • Giom

    I don’t know what to make of this… My feeling is that this gives BMW access to a huge scource of know-how in automotive electronics. I wonder what China gets in return? If this car is build there, they must learn a great big deal about BMWs engineering and manufacturing methods… makes me feel uncomfortable.

    Maybe I’ve been watching too many spy movies… he he.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=722488297 Jp Albano

    We have a climate problem?

  • LMendez

    I do. My AC is broken.

  • 100$ GUY

    LOL!

  • X5SoB

    So, what does ECHO stand for? Elecrtric Chinese Hate Oil?

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