"Today, BMW i sets yet another benchmark with it`s visionary electric vehicles like the BMW i3. But the first development of BMW electric vehicles already took place in 1972 with the BMW 1602e. Have a look at the concept, that had a huge impact on the future."

States BMW.

BMW's electric car history dates back to 1972,  From then 'til now, BMW has introduced a number of prototype, concept and production electric cars, but it all started with the 1602e.

BMW 1602 Electric (1972) specs:

Motor: DC shunt-wound motor Peak output: 32 kW Energy storage: 12 lead-acid starter batteries Capacity: 12.6 kWh Top speed: 62 mph Acceleration: 0-31 mph 8 seconds Range in city traffic: 19 miles