BMW Has Been Building Mediocre Electric Cars Since 1972

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While most people think of electric cars as a new phenomenon (or a very old one), BMW has been working on them since 1972.To mark its fourth decade of producing zero-emissions vehicles, the German automaker brought some past models together for a group photo shoot.

The trip down memory lane revealed some pretty cool cars, but none that could be used for practical driving until just a few years ago.

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title=”The 1602 Electric was born in 1972, and was used at the Olympic Games in Munich. It had a top speed of 62 mph and took eight seconds to go from 0 to 31 mph. Its battery pack weighed nearly 800 pounds.”
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title=”They were followed by the more reasonably styled 325 Electric. It had a range of 93 miles and could hit 31 mph in six seconds.”
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title=”All told, the 3 Series was the basis for 25 experimental vehicles, helping advance BMW’s electric technology.”
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title=”In 2008, the electric MINI heralded a new day for battery-powered BMWs. With a 94 mph top speed an a 155 mile range, it could be practically used.”
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