Revealed: Is This What BMW Electric Cars Will Look Like?


Austrian car company Magna has showcased a concept vehicle that gives the strongest clue yet about the design for BMW’s secretive Project i electric car.

Magna, collaborating with the German car giant on future electric car technology, unveiled the the MILA EV at last week’s Geneva Motor Show. The concept is a lightweight three-door hatchback featuring a detachable power module that includes batteries and electric drive motors. The MILA also boasts integrated solar cells in the glass roof to provide supplemental energy generation (see another picture of the MILA EV after the jump).

Since the batteries and electric motor are likely to cost at least as much as, or even more than, the car carrying it, Magna are considering a business model where the MILA’s EV module could become the item that car buyers own, rather than the bodywork.

Similar electric car projects are also sizing up options for customers to lease, rather than own, expensive battery packs. Part of the Magna EV strategy is that other manufacturers will buy its electric platform as an off-the-shelf base for their own vehicles.

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