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BMW announces carbon fibre electric car

DPA/The Local · 2 Jul 2010, 15:24

Published: 02 Jul 2010 15:24 GMT+02:00

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The Megacity Vehicle (MCV), will be the world's first mass-produced car made of the lightweight, durable material when it hits the market in 2013, BMW said in a statement from its headquarters in Munich.

“The goal: to offset the additional weight of an electric vehicle – typically 250 to 350 kilogrammes,” the statement said, referring to large batteries that the cars must carry.

“To this end, the BMW Group is focusing on the innovative high-tech material carbon fibre reinforced plastic (CFRP).”

But according to the Financial Times Deutschland, carbon at €15 per kilogramme costs 15-times the price of the steel used to build normal cars. BMW sources told the paper, however, that the company believes it can cut that price by more than half, though.

Based on carbon's use in aircraft and Formula One vehicles, the company expects to gain more than just a weight neutralisation from the material, the paper said. It also predicts major production savings and increased safety for passengers.

Carbon fibre is typically considered twice as strong and four to five times lighter than steel.

DPA/The Local (news@thelocal.de)

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Your comments about this article

01:09 July 3, 2010 by vonSchwerin
"hits the market in 2013"

The German market, no doubt. I'm sure this one won't make it to America for another 20 years. America still doesn't even have the MB A-class or B-class, and they never got the Audi A2. I still can't believe that the American market got even the Smart!
23:17 July 3, 2010 by wenddiver
I just got back from the Ford dealership(buying cargo vans for my business) and I noticed all the cars had doors on them. You might want to put them on your new car, because we generally ride on the inside of our cars in America.

PS, the star is incorrectly centered in the rear wheel, unless the actual wheel will be lopsided, which would mean you are planning on partnering with Renault probably. Also if that front windshield gets hit by a rockor piece of gravel the entire thing (including the roof) will hav to be replaced.
08:40 July 4, 2010 by nycinhamburg
I hope you're just joking wenddiver! First of all it's a concept drawing not a photo. Second the star on all those wheels are not centered. Third, this is not the car being produced. You should have learned by now that the local isn't the best when selecting a picture to go along with a story.
10:33 July 4, 2010 by whatzup
A fully electric car from BMW is way overdue. Of course battery cars close the deal on atom power.
02:04 July 6, 2010 by wenddiver
@Nycinhamburg- Add doors, put a conventional roof on it and center the wheels and you have a conventional hatchback like the Japanee, Chinese and Koreans build. Does the Concept Artist job pay well?

I am teasing.
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