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BMW Z11 (E1) (1991)

Nowadays it’s difficult to surprise someone with the phrase “BMW hatchback,” “BMW electric car,” “BMW hybrid,” or “BMW front-wheel drive compact MPV.” But the German brand had a slightly different image in the early 1990s. However, it had no effect on the Munich engineers’ experiments. For example, the electric hatchback E1 (Z11) debuted at the Frankfurt Motor Show in 1991.

The rear wheels of the little car are rotated by an electric motor with a capacity of 50 horsepower. The prototype was light since the body was constructed of plastic and the chassis was made of aluminum. The highest speed was 120 kilometers per hour, and the power reserve was 200 kilometers. Even by today’s standards it’s not bad at all.