Thursday, September 18, 2008

The Return of the Isetta?

BMW has been "batting around" some ideas about a new electric car for some time -- generating a wealth of rumors. Among the ranks of microcar enthusiasts it is particularly interesting that the project has the working title of "Project i".

Does this mean a resurrection of the Isetta brand?

In an interview with Die Zeit, a German newspaper, BMW CEO Norbert Reithofer confirmed that BMW is working on a tiny ‘mega city’ car. “It’ll be a car with a completely new look, with two engines available. One will be a very efficient combustion engine and the other will be a purely electric model.” Reithofer said that the electric-powered car will meet California regulations which call for a range of 200 miles for fuel cell or battery-powered cars by 2012.

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