Sneak Peek BMW i3 And i8 U S Debut Before LA Auto Show

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Sneak Peek: BMW i3 And i8 U.S. Before LA Auto Show

BMW i3 and i8 New York City, November photo by Tom Moloughney

BMW i3 and i8 preview, New City, November 2011, by Tom Moloughney

Yesterday afternoon, BMW a Special Sneak Peek Event of the BMW i3 and BMW i8 concept electric in New York. Both cars make their official debut at next week’s Los Auto Show.

After an photo session, we were by Richard Kim, exterior for the BMW i range, and Rich Steinberg, of electric vehicle operations and

Kim said that when he and his were originally commissioned the task of designing these they worked from an separate from their to help them start a clean slate. As a result, developed the stream flow that will be incorporated all cars in the new i line.

This has two horizontal lines flowing the sides of the vehicles, converging the top and bottom into the C-pillar It is meant to represent streaks of air down the sides of the vehicles.

the classic Hofmeister Kink in the brand’s second window the stream flow theme be the trademark of all BMW i vehicles.

Steinberg then focused on the of the drivetrain, noting that into Life Cell and Drive modules allowed BMW to interior room and luggage

A video showed how the drivetrain of a internal-combustion engine platform is out, and compared it to a car based on a platform like the ActiveE. It has to fit all the electric parts, resulting in to fit everything in, not to mention that reinforcement structures are needed.

He showed how a purpose-built vehicle the i3 allows BMW to maximize the occupant inside the life cell. no transmission tunnel, the floor is flat and occupants can slide across the bench seat to on either side if the situation

This design also BMW to offer more luggage than typical for a compact since there is a front well as the load bay behind the seats, reached through the

The BMW i3 will debut in 2013 and be offered as a battery electric with roughly 100 miles of Shortly after its introduction, BMW offer a range-extender option. a small gasoline engine will double the car’s

The range extender, to be called will have no physical to the wheels and will serve to sustain the battery’s charge a generator.

BMW i3 � Electric Car 127kW Auto

BMW i3 and i8 preview, New York November 2011, photo by Tom

The BMW i8 will be available in 2014, and is a hybrid. It will travel 20 miles in electric mode, the front wheels, before its turbocharged 1.5-liter three-cylinder kicks in to drive the rear Steinberg said the i8 will to 60 mph in well under 6 seconds.

The shells of both cars are entirely of carbon fiber-reinforced sitting on aluminum frame that contain the running Some of the outer surface are made up of CFRP (the for sure, and I believe the hood while some other are plastic.

This design lets BMW significant amounts of weight. The i3 about 2,700 pounds, or pounds less than the BMW it will have the same 170 hp and 184 of torque. Steinberg was quick to out that the i3 won’t simply be an or commuter car with no soul.

It he said, offer the exhilarating experience that’s expected of any

Tom Moloughney is a New Jersey electric-car MINI E driver. and restaurant His last article for GreenCarReports was a report on the BMW ActiveE electric car


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BMW i3 � Electric Car 127kW Auto
BMW i3 � Electric Car 127kW Auto
BMW i3 � Electric Car 127kW Auto

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