BMW is planning for the Megacity vehicle to be a sub-brand. As such it will have some design characteristics typical of BMWs but also some new elements.
Norbert Reithofer, head of BMW, said in a statement that the car would be “the first production model with a carbon fiber passenger compartment.”
BMW is using carbon fiber, which is 50 percent lighter than steel, to reduce weight and enable a smaller, less costly battery to power the vehicle. BMW and SGL Carbon SE, the world’s biggest manufacturer of carbon and graphite products, are building a $100 million factory in Moses Lake, Washington, to make the material for the Megacity models.