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BMW i3: the production electric i3 hatchback in 2013

By Georg Kacher, impression by R Varicak/Motor Research


09 March 2012 09:53

i is way past the point of no return. The force headed by Ulrich is already knee-deep in prototyping both i3 and i8 undergoing early trials in Miramas (BMW’s own ground near Marseilles) and the Arctic Circle. First spy show heavily camouflaged but not even the swirly shower foil can disguise the radical the large-diameter skinny wheels and the aerodynamics.

The BMW i programme is so big one could be forgiven for calling it the reinvention of the car. Not only because of the engineering and design concept, but because of the scale of the whole The installed production capacity stretch close to 100,000 per year, the expertise in the field of battery technology and performance is believed to yield a significant advantage.

BMW i3 to be joined by i1, i5 and i8

The impact on the emerging car market is reflected by the proposed range which features four offerings:

• i3, four-door late 2013

• i8, two-door coupe, early 2014

• i5, long-wheelbase five-seater wagon/MPV 2015 (tentative)

• i1, 2+2-seater city car, 2016

The relation between i1, i3 and i5 is said to that between Polo, and Golf plus/Touran.

Tell us more about the BMW i1 and i5

i1 was at one a tiny two-seater aimed at the smart Fortwo. In a next it morphed into a three-seater a transverse accommodation for the back Now that Smart has kicked off the Forfour featuring rear doors, BMW seems happy to for a more conventional 2+2 layout.

i5 is in a stretched i3 with a slightly roof and a longer rear for added cargo capacity. Its rival in the market place be the upcoming Toyota Prius

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The i3 will have to compete the allegedly even more Audi A2 earmarked for 2014. to all BMW i vehicles are the so-called Life and modules, denoting the carbonfibre and the rolling chassis made of Unlike BMW’s front-engined i1, i3 and i5 are rear-engined.

This sounds challenging, but the engineers claim the cleverly packaged battery kit energy wedge warrants a 50:50 weight distribution. benefits are said to include a low of gravity, the tight turning a clear traction and grip and the excellent crash performance by fifteen different load

All three rear-engined models a spring strut front and a multilink rear suspension. by innovative kinematics and state-of-the-art BMW promises entertaining yet totally handling qualities.

i1, i3 and i5 will be available in BEV and PHEV The BEV relies solely on its 170bhp motor which propels the kilo i3 in 7.9sec from As a range-protecting measure, the top speed is to about 95mph or 150kph.

the i1 is slightly quicker off the mark but not overall, the i5 needs three longer to get going, sources

A range-extender BMW

Customers suffering severe range anxiety who more than 100 miles charge-ups can specify a range The REX model employs a normally-aspirated three-cylinder petrol engine at about 80bhp to generate an 50 miles. The range extender the battery, but it does not drive the The car’s CO2 footprint does of depend on the primary energy

It is in this context worth that all BMW i facilities will use regenerative electric power, and the terms green aluminium and plastics denote a high content of 25% or more.

All BMW i models with such innovative assistance systems as One Pedal (accelerate, decelerate and coast by order), Active Brake (works up to 40mph and includes recognition), Park Assist automatic navigation), Congestion (works up to 25mph and includes steering), Range Assist all available charge points and you there on demand), Precondition (cooling down, heating, — all by smartphone) and Navigation (connects with bus and rail — just in case. ).

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