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BMW to produce all-electric car?

With automakers facing stricter emissions regulations worldwide, a number of alternative fuel/power source are being investigated. While we're all familiar with clean diesels, hydrogen fuel-cells and even General Motors' EFlex system, it seems that no automaker is even considering an all-electric vehicle. But that could all change as BMW has announced that it is considering producing an EV.

While BMW is working on its fuel-cell technology, Jochen Schmalholz, head of BMW's clean-energy technology, told Drive that BMW is considering electric vehicles to fill the 15 to 20 year void before hydrogen vehicles will actually be practical. BMW has even predicted that hydrogen cars could still be 30 years out.

"We will only bring this if it makes sense," he says. "At the moment we are not really convinced it will work for BMW. But if it makes commercial sense and it makes sense to our customers, then we will do it."

Schmalholz commented that hydrogen vehicles aren't 15 to 20 years out because of technology, but rather because of a lack of infrastructure. An all-electric vehicle would help BMW comply with new emissions regulations until its hydrogen-fuel cell vehicles become viable.