BMW to unveil electric 5-Series in Beijing, has 62 miles of all-electric range

2011 BMW 5-Series

BMW will unveil an electric 5-Series at the 2010 Beijing Motor Show. Known as the Echo, the electric 5-Series is a joint project between BMW and Tongji University.

While technical details of the car are being kept under the wraps until its unveiled at the show, we do know that the concept has an all-electric range of 62 miles. The car is being described as being “built in China, by China, and for China” by BMW and sources say that there are currently no plans to put it into production.

“The Chinese government is investing billions of dollars in electric car technology, and that is pushing development at an incredible pace,” the source told AutoCar. “Electric cars make so much sense for China; at present it has to import crude oil and it has a pollution problem, yet it has access to hundreds of years’ worth of coal, and therefore easy electricity.”

The Echo was built at BMW’s Shanyang facility in China.

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– By: Omar Rana

Source: AutoCar