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BMW i3

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The BMW i3 . previously Mega Vehicle (MCV), is an urban car under development by BMW. The i3 is of BMW’s Project i and is being as a new brand, BMW i. The BMW i3 is announced and expected to go mass production in 2013 deliveries in several world by that year end. [2] [3] [4] [5] The i3 car was unveiled at the 2011 Frankfurt Show and BMW announced the electric car have a “REx” range option. [2] [6] BMW showcased a BMW i3 prototype the 2012 Summer Olympics in [7]

The i3 will be BMW’s first emissions mass produced due to its electric powertrain. and BMW also to be the first company to launch a production vehicle on the market carbon-fiber reinforced plastic to the vehicle’s energy consumption. [8] expected to be priced in the U.S. at US$35,000 (€24,500). [9]. the BMW i3 more likely be in the US$43,000 US$50,000 (€35,000 — range according to an unnamed close to BMW. [10]

Project i Edit

File:MEGA-NYT low Sketch of the Mega City (MCV).

BMW ‘s Project i is a aimed to develop a lightweight urban electric car designed to the mobility and sustainability needs for who live in megacities. [4] [11] to BMW, Project i has three The Mini E demonstration was the first of this project, and it was followed by a field testing that in January 2012 with the BMW all-electric vehicle. The ActiveE is on the BMW 1 Series Coupe and is built on the lessons learned from the E trial. The last phase of i is the development of the i3 and i8 electric cars. [3] [4]

The automaker expects that its series production all-electric vehicle will contribute to an overall fleet fuel average of 35.5 miles per US (6.63 L/100 km) by 2016, as by the U.S. federal regulations. BMW high volume sales of the i3 to the company to continue selling in the several of its high-performance cars have a low fuel economy. [3]

In 2011 BMW announced that the new for the commercialization of the vehicles produced Project i will be called BMW i. and its will be sold separately BMW or Mini. The first two production will be the battery electric City Vehicle, now called BMW i3, and a hybrid called i8, which is the version of the Vision Efficient concept unveiled at the 2009 Motor Show and has an all-electric of 50 kilometres (31 mi). Production of plug-in electric cars is to start in Leipzig in 2013. [5]

BMW unveiled the i3 Concept Coupé at the 2012 Los Angeles Auto The carmaker developed the concept car to the potential for conceivably extending the range. The three-door coupe, the five-door i3 electric sedan, is by an electric motor developed by the BMW with a maximum output of 125 hp and peak torque of 250 N·m (184

Power delivery to the rear is via a single-speed transmission. The Li -ion pack is placed under the and can deliver an all-electric range of 100 mi km), but a gasoline engine can be to expand the car’s range to 200 mi km). [14] [15]

and technology Edit

File:BMW Active E WAS 2010 9062.JPG The BMW began field testing in 2012 with several of the electronic components proposed to be in the BMW i3.

BMW explained that taking of the fact that the vehicle not need an internal combustion up front, the i3 is being designed the ground up, but avoiding to look with a dynamic sweep of the and the beltine to make it look than most electrics. In order to achieve a lightweight the i3 will be the first mass car to have most of its internal and body being made of reinforced plastic (CFRP). [7] [8] As of November 2010, BMW has only the light weight of the passenger and the automaker’s Chief Executive they have already on the basic design of the car and that prototypes will begin [16]

The i3 will feature four and seating for four occupants dimensions being slightly than the MINI Cooper and BMW 1 but smaller than the BMW 3 Series. The i3 be powered by a newly developed consisting of a 134 horsepower electric running on lithium-ion batteries and the rear axle. [7] BMW is aiming to a range of 160 km (100 mi) range, the range that was expected for the BMW but in order to reduce weight a battery capacity of 16 kWh instead of the 30 kWh. [3] A range extended that functions similarly to the Volt is also being by BMW. [7]

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The BMW i3 is likely to feature a pedal that acts as accelerator and brake. When the releases the pedal, the vehicle’s energy is used to power a that recharges the battery. has the effect of slowing the car down. the field testing of the Mini E. features an accelerator that the battery in this way, and that only apply to the wheels, BMW has learned that tend to rely on the single some 75% of all deceleration maneuvers are without the brake while in traffic. [3] BMW also expects the i3 will use the same type of and powertrain that is being in the BMW ActiveE trials. [4]

The prototype presented at the 2011 Motor Show has a 22 kWh (79 MJ) lithium-ion pack that is expected to between 130 to 160 km (80 to 100 mi) and the battery will about four hours to charge from the 240-volt unit. BMW is planning to offer an gasoline range-extender engine. The i3 is to go from 0 to 100 km/h (0 to 60 mph ) in less 8 seconds. [2] [6] The BMW i3 has a 130 kW (170 hp) electric that will be mounted on the axle to drive the rear The top speed will be limited to 150 (93 mph). [1]

In June 2012 an updated of the BMW i3 concept car was unveiled at the opening of the BMW i store located at BMW’s Park Lane showroom. The i3 concept has a new interior colour and concept. The seat covers responsibly sourced wool and tanned leather using a agent made from leaves.

The almost symmetrical dash is inlaid with wood which BMW said is wood sourced from managed European forests, information is fed to the driver through a cm (6.5 in) freestanding instrument and 22.3 cm (8.8 in) central display. The wood is treated natural materials, giving it a finish and distinctive hue. is no center tunnel bisecting the due to the bench-derived front seats and of floor-mounted transmission, brake or center console that possible for a driver or passenger to to either side of the car to get out in tight spaces. [17] [18]


BMW plans to manufacture the i3 from carbon-fiber at a new US$100 plant being built in Lake, Washington. using raw that will be shipped Japan. This location was to take advantage of the abundant power available in this region because carbon-fiber requires much energy and a lot of carbon dioxide (CO 2 ). The C fiber then be shipped to Landshut. where the carbon-fiber reinforced parts will be fabricated, and the assembly line will be in Leipzig. [3]

On November 2010, the Leipzig was inaugurated, with an investment in the that will amount to million euros ( US$561 ) through 2013. The plant be at BMW’s complex that produces variants of the 1 Series [16]

Markets Edit

The i3 out is scheduled for late 2013 and to include major cities the world, including those in the States, France, Germany and the Kingdom, where the Mini E programs took place.

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