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  • Nissan Leaf on track at Laguna Seca. Photo via MyNissanLeaf forum member nader.

    A bevy of electric car owners took to California's famous Laguna Seca this past Sunday to wring out their rides at the 3rd annual ReFuel EV race. The yearly event is to allow engineers, designers and every-day owners of electric vehicles to test their vehicles' mettle on one of the most famous racetracks in America. For engineers and designers it's a chance to see what works and what doesn't under harsh track conditions. For your average electric car owner, it's all about fun. The vehicles included production cars such as the Mini E, Tesla Roadster and Nissan Leaf, motorcycles from Mission...

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    MINI E Takes On The Nurburgring

    We’ve seen numerous supercars take on the Nurburgring, things like the Chevrolet Corvette ZR1, Nissan GT-R, and Pagani Zonda F, but now BMW has taken its MINI E all-electric hatchback to the notorious circuit. Taking on the Nurburgring circuit at race speed with an electrically powered car is an...

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    Video: BMW’s new sub-brand to revive Isetta name?

    For the older European readers out there, the mention of the words BMW Isetta probably conjures up nostalgic images of little, egg-shaped cars trundling around the city, with styling that looked possibly as cheerful and non-threatening as a car could ever get. Built in the 1950s and ‘60s, the...

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    BMW rules out fourth brand, favors new "sub-brand"

    Since the release of its official strategy in September of 2007, media sources around the world have been speculating that BMW was looking at either launching its own new brand or acquiring one to help expansion. BMW already has a foothold in the luxury and ultra-luxury segments with its BMW and...

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    BMW picks Bosch and Samsung JV as Project i battery supplier

    BMW's foray into the world of hybrids is expected to begin at some point this year with the release of a hybrid variant of the 7-series flagship and eventually the X5 and X6 SUVs as well. While development for those cars is mostly complete, BMW is preparing its next-generation of hybrids and...

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    Report: First BMW Project i car coming in 2012

    In March of 2008 BMW first announced plans to establish a new research division called ‘Project i,’ whose task would be to develop a number of solutions for a vehicle designed for congested city motoring. The goal of Project i was never to exclusively develop one type of vehicle or...

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    Since the release of BMW’s official strategy back in September 2007, media sources around the world have speculated about the carmaker looking to either launch its own new brand or acquire one to help its expansion. Instead, BMW established a new environmental think-tank dubbed 'Project i', whose task is to develop a number of solutions for a vehicle designed for congested city motoring. The Project i division runs independently to BMW and has been given until the middle of the next decade to develop a concrete solution for a possible range of city cars. The urbanized car for the masses...

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    Report: Fiat and BMW working on new small car family

    Last year BMW and Fiat first started looking at cooperation over parts and platform sharing and possibly sales and distribution synergies, but with Fiat aligning itself with Chrysler earlier this year the scope of its workings with BMW have widened. Though exact details remain scarce, BMW and Fiat...

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    Huge demand delays Mini EV test leases in U.S.

    In a sign that Americans may truly be ready to embrace electric vehicles, including living with any shortcomings and paying a significant price premium, demand for BMW’s Mini E electric vehicle has outstripped supply by 4-to-1. Unfortunately, the plethora of applicants for the 450 available...

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    BMW launching 50-car Mini-E test fleet in Berlin

    Test markets for electric cars are popping up all around the globe as various carmakers and start-up projects work to lay the groundwork for more widespread adoption of the next-generation propulsion systems. The latest new market to be announced by BMW is the Berlin fleet of Mini-E EVs that will...

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    'Project i' to spawn more vehicles beyond Mini-E

    Built in six months from start to finish, the Mini-E project is a remarkable example of just what can be done when bright minds are given the leeway and resources to create a modern EV from an existing platform. But at its root, the Mini-E still only a conversion of a combustion-engine vehicle, not...

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