Yet again, emissions regulations are causing profound impacts on automakers these days, and BMW is finally answering the call with a more practical solution; an electric city car.

We know BMW has been putting quite an attempt to revive its renowned “bubble car” Isetta, probably either under the same badge Isetta or the classic British badge Triumph. We also know that BMW announced last September that there would be a separate fourth brand under the Munich-based manufacturer. Earlier reports said that BMW was indeed developing a low-emissions vehicle under this fourth brand rivaling the upcoming Audi A1 or possibly the VW Up, with several different models to be positioned just below the Mini.

Just yesterday Motor Authority reported of BMW not looking into having advanced technologies such as hybrid for this mini car, but instead was opting for small yet high-performing turbo petrol and diesel engines, mainly for economy and environmental reasons.

On the other hand, word comes today that BMW is seeking alternative fuel or power systems, which they think would be more appropriate for a car designed for town use. An EV or electric vehicle as we know it is rumoured to be in development, to fill in the 15 to 20 year gap before hydrogen fuel or fuel cell road cars becomes reality. Yet again, emissions regulations are causing profound impacts on automakers these days, and BMW is finally answering the call with a more practical solution; an electric city car.

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