Next month, the 2011 Shanghai Motor Show will be the venue chosen by BMW to showcase their latest electric vehicle. BMW teamed up with joint venture partner Brilliance China Automotive to develop an electric vehicle specifically for China built on a 5 Series platform.
BMW Brilliance Automotive is a 50:50 joint venture between BMW and Brilliance and currently builds the BMW 3-Series and 5-series sedans in the northeast China city of Shenyang.
The 5 Series electric is specifically designed for the Chinese market and will be available in the long wheelbase variant. Full details are yet to be revealed, but we anticipate some of the technology used in the BMW ActiveE or MINI E to be present in the 5er EV as well.
At the 2010 Beijing Motor Show, BMW already unveiled a 5 Series electric concept based on the previous generation E60. Dubbed ECHO, the car was a joint project between BMW and Tongji University.
Shanghai Auto Show debuts on April 20th.
In the mean time, rendering artists have already begun to draw how a 5 Series electric vehicle might look in comparison with the regular model.