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FRANKFURT SHOW: BMW reveals hybrid supercar

Date: 11 September 2009

BMW will reveal this 75mpg, 356PS sports car concept called Vision Efficient Dynamics at the Frankfurt motor show next week.

The BMW Vision ED is diesel-electric hybrid four seater with emissions of just 99g/km, yet a similar performance to the BMW M3 which has a 0-62mph time of 4.6 seconds.

Power to the BMW technology showcase is provided by a three-cylinder 1.5-litre diesel producing 163PS plus two electric motors. The twin electric motors (one on each axle) provide the rest of the power.

The plug-in hybrid BMW Vision ED can run in full electric mode for 31 miles or has a combined range of 431 miles. The charge time from a conventional domestic supply is 2.5 hours. However, the diesel engine can be also used to charge the car's batteries.

The BMW Vision concept car is similar in length to a BMW 3-series, but has only four seats and a small 150-litre boot.