BMW's Three-Wheeled, Zero-Emissions Prototype
BMW has always been known for its quality craftsmanship and highbrow pretentions -- neither of these traits are in short supply with the company's new low emission vehicle prototype.
The Compact Low Emission Vehicle for Urban Transportation (or, um, 'CLEVER' for short), while still a concept, sports some pretty novel ideas: The three-wheeled vehicle uses a special engine that runs on compressed natural gas, and, according to iMotor, reportedly spits out half the CO2 of standard gas guzzlers. It also looks plenty futuristic, as you may have noticed from the image above.
A BMW spokesperson told iMotor that the idea came together during the summer of 2007, when the car manufacturer joined brains with the University of Bath in England.
Unfortunately, it looks like it's going to take awhile for this concept (or anything like it) to come to market. An unnamed source at BMW told iMotor that, while the company is "committed to producing a super economical or zero emission vehicle or range of vehicles ... it's going to be at least five years until we have production models on the road."
In other words, don't sell that Z8 for parts just yet. [From: iMotor, Via: ClusterFlock]