According to some sources BMW will unveil an electric car by 2012. BMW will push a rear engined small coupe because of regulatory changes that are being lead by the State of California. Because of the nature of the regulatory changes I’m assuming these cars will become very popular in many big cities and urban centers with the under 40 crowd.
BMW is poised to give the go-ahead to a tiny Zero Emissions Vehicle (ZEV) that will help to revolutionise city-centre driving. The rear-engined city car could be called Isetta and will first arrive in American showrooms in 2012.
The project was created because of new Californian regulations (soon to be copied by 12 other US states) which require big car makers to sell between a few hundred and a few thousand ZEVs every year from 2012.
However, global sales of the new model are also likely, because BMW has decided that the concept will be ideal for sale in cities all around the world. Indeed, many European cities have already established low-emissions zones.