BMW CEO Norbert Reithofer discusses automotive cooperation with visiting Chinese Executive Vice-Premier Li Keqiang at BMW headquarters in Munich

BMW and its partner Brilliance will start Chinese series production of an electric vehicle in 2013, BMW CEO Norbert Reithofer said.

Welcoming Li Keqiang, vice-premier of China’s State Council, to BMW headquarters in Munich, Reithofer said BMW will work closely with the Chinese government on future mobililty.

BMW has a number of electric-vehicle projects in China. “The BMW Group and its partner, Brilliance, are making a joint contribution to sustainable mobility in China,” Reithofer said.

The German premium carmaker has developed an electric-powered BMW 5 Series Long Version as part of the first Sino-German electro-mobility research project in collaboration with Tongji University in Shanghai.

In addition, a worldwide trial of the MINI E fleet will be extended to the Chinese cities of Beijing and Shenzhen from this year. And BMW will conduct road tests in China of the Active E, a fully-electric powered vehicle based on the BMW 1 Series.

BMW has been building BMW 3 Series and 5 Series models at its Chinese facility in Shenyan with Brilliance, since 2003. The company announced the construction of a 560 million-euro second Chinese production plant in Tiexi in the Shenyang region in November 2009. The BMW X1 will also be built at the new plant in the future.

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