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BMW Adding ICE In Megacity EV

BMW may include an option of a small internal-combustion engine that would act as a range extender for its all-electric Megacity and provides tonic for your range anxiety.BMW is taking a page out of the Chevy Volt’s playbook by placing a small ICE in its EV that doubles the range of the vehicle from 50 to 100 miles……

BMW Financial Officer Frederick Eichiner told on german website Focus.de that the BMW Vehicle Mega City will receive an optional range extender that can be ordered with the electric vehicle. The range extender refers to a small internal combustion engine which can charge the battery while driving.Mega City Vehicle has been previously associated with pure electric mobility.Range Extender is a small internal combustion engine with generator power for the electric drive of the car delivers.BMW will offer its electric car planned for 2013 a so-called range extender. BMW’s chief financial officer Frederick Eichiner announced in the Straubinger Tagblatt on.

The customer will can order a range extender which is a small engine that charges the battery.At last summer during a workshop BMW facility near Munich, the carbon chassis offers at the front enough room for a small internal combustion engine.he customer could therefore have a choice whether to have additional trunk space or the small internal combustion engine. Furthermore, customer can decide how low CO2 emissions compare against larger space inside the vehicle.

With the use of a range extender, the driving range of the vehicle could increase dramatically. Megacity Vehicle uses a lithium-ion battery with 35 kWh of capacity which delivers around 100 miles of driving range before recharging. The range extender will add at least 50% more driving range turning the Megacity into a more functional vehicle, one that can be used extensively outside the city limits as well.In two weeks BMW is expected to reveal more information about the Megacity Vehicle including the official name.A concept version of the Megacity will debut later this fall at Frankfurt Motor Show.

Range Extender brings a technical development to the construction of electric cars which takes more and more are for BMW.GM’s Chevrolet Volt to be related to the model of the first car with range extender on the market, the cars in Germany are offered as Ampera. Audi wants to test the technology in a large-scale test and Daimler researching it. BMW announced on request, the range extender should not be fitted as standard, but sold as an option.

Sources :bmwblog.com, focus.de

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