BMW is reportedly preparing to take drastic action to ensure they can meet stringent European Union fuel economy and emission standards.

BMW is reportedly preparing to take drastic action to ensure they can meet stringent European Union fuel economy and emission standards.

According to Autocar, the automaker will embark on a bold plan that will result in their cars being powered primarily by electrics motors.

This change will require the use of large batteries, so BMW will reportedly offset their weight by using lightweight platforms and bodies that use steel, aluminum and carbon fiber. The cars will still have an engine but it will reportedly act as a generator under most conditions.

According to the magazine's sources, the front wheels will be powered by an electric motor most of the time. However, the engine will provide assistance at speeds above 50 mph "or so."

While nothnig is offical, the publication is reporting the powertrain will be scalable so it can be used on everything from the 3-Series to a Rolls-Royce.

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