BMW just unveiled an ambitious plan to build Germany's first manufacturing plant capable of mass producing zero emissions electric cars. The effort is part of the company's plan to debut a new electric vehicle dubbed the Megacity in 2013. The project is expected to create 1,000 new jobs in Germany and the U.S.
In a press release, BMW said that it plans to upgrade an existing plant in Leipzig where the new vehicle will be manufactured, creating around 800 jobs in the process. Another 80 permanent jobs will be created right here in the United States, according to Auto Blog Green. SGL Automotive Carbon Fibers will manufacture carbon fibers used in the vehicles construction at a facilityÂ in Moses Lake, a small city located in Washington state.
All told, BMW and its partner SGL Group will invest around â‚¬530 million to build the Megacity. The production process will be as green as the vehicle itself, relying on 100 percent renewable energy.
Concept picture of the Megacity, BMW's electric car of the future