By Chuck Squatriglia
Rumors that BMW is bringing back the Isetta appear to be true, and the latest word out of Munich is the modern take on the old classic will be an electric vehicle that's coming to America. BMW brass are reportedly poised to sign off on the project in order to meet California's zero emissions vehicle mandate, which requires automakers to build 7,500 emissions-free cars by 2014.
Company CEO Norbert Reithofer tells Britain's Autocar that BMW "would be obliged to sell a zero emissions vehicle under the U.S. regulations" and a electric vehicle was "the most likely answer."
Sweet. When does it get here?
Autocar says it could be in American showrooms by 2012 and may be offered globally, given rising fuel prices and the fact many European cities are aggressively cracking down on vehicle emissions.