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  • 11.05.10

BMW to Produce Plug-in Hybrid Sportscar [Video]

Electric sportscar concepts abound, but it’s always exciting when an automaker announces actual production plans.

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Electric sportscar concepts abound, but it’s always exciting when an automaker announces actual production plans.  Enter BMW, which announced this week that it will put its Vision EfficientDynamics plug-in hybrid concept into series production in 2013.

The vehicle, which was first unveiled at last year’s Frankfurt International Motor Show, won’t be the fastest BMW sportcar on the market–the 3,300 pound four-seater goes from 0 to 62 mph in 4.8 seconds, has a top speed of 155 mph (much like the M3), and can generate a total of 323 hp–but it’s ultra-efficient, with a CO2 emissions rating of 159 grams per mile and a combined city/highway fuel economy of approximately 62 mpg.

BMW also claims that the diesel-electric powertrain-equipped car can be fully charged using a conventional power socket in only two and half hours.

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No word from BMW on pricing, but efficiency doesn’t come in such a sexy package for cheap. Regardless of pricing, the vehicle will have  stiff competition from Porsche’s 918 RS Spyder and Audi’s E-tron.

 

Ariel Schwartz can be reached on Twitter or by email.

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Ariel Schwartz is a Senior Editor at Co.Exist. She has contributed to SF Weekly, Popular Science, Inhabitat, Greenbiz, NBC Bay Area, GOOD Magazine and more.

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