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BMW Confirms Plans to Build Vision Efficient Dynamics Concept

A 2013 launch likely - at $200,000.

by on Nov.05, 2010

BMW will launch a production version of the Vision Efficient Dynamics concept with a diesel plug-in hybrid powertrain.

A four-seat sports car that is also environmentally friendly?  That seeming contradiction in terms was the idea behind BMW’s Vision Efficient Dynamics Concept, which quickly became one of the hits at the Frankfurt Motor Show, little more than a year ago.

Making a serious effort to find ways to prove such a concept is viable, the Bavarian maker has confirmed it will put the VED into production, though a precise launch date hasn’t been released.

The low-slung 2+2 – which measures barely 4 feet tall – will follow the concept’s lead and use a plug-in hybrid driveline.  To add a bit of ease for rear seat passengers, the Vision will use gullwing doors, simplifying access to both rows.

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Relatively lightweight, considering its batteries and dual drive system, and with an impressive drag coefficient of just 0.22, the VED should be able to achieve significant efficiencies, whether powered by its lithium-ion power pack or the back-up gasoline engine.