BMW’s revealed today their MCV concept, to be launched by 2013. The MCV is a revolutionary automobile with a passenger cell made from carbon. The LifeDrive architecture developed by BMW opens a new chapter in lightweight design, the concept allows a weight reduction of 250 to 350 kg compared to typical weight of electric vehicles.
The LifeDrive concept consists of two horizontally separated, independent modules:
The Drive integrating the battery, drive system, structural and crash functions within the chassis.
The Life a high-stength and extremely lightweight passenger cell made from CFRP (Carbon Fibre Reinforced Plastic).
This architecture opens the door to new production processes using less energy, both simpler and more flexible.