BMW introduces the i3 electric car with optional rangeextending engine

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BMW introduces the i3 electric car with range-extending engine

The BMW i3 is set to hit the road in

After years of prototypes and BMW has pulled the silken cloth off the i3, its all-electric car and the first member of its i of green cars. The global was a triple-city affair, taking simultaneously in Beijing, London and New The US$42,000 electric hatchback some of BMW’s most technologies to date.

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In research that was during its Project i, which 1,000 participants and more 12.5 million driven BMW found that the average driving distance was around 30 (48 km). When viewed that prism, the i3’s 80 to 100 (129 to 161 km) of range looks than ample. BMW says ECO MODE can add an extra 12 percent on top of

For those that don’t the range is ample, BMW offers an option. Unlike other who have kept models electric or strictly hybrid, BMW is its bets with the i3. In addition to the version, buyers can choose to the i3 with a 34-hp 650cc two-cylinder engine, essentially the car into a Volt-like series

That engine will not the wheels but will serve as a back-up power reserve, range and versatility.


BMW says the range extender, which has a capacity of 2.4 gal, roughly the car’s range, which falls well short of a gasoline car. More than outright range, is the fact that, with the extender, drivers can refuel at gas rather than having to an electrical charge station. Gas are far more readily available charge stations and also quicker refueling.

The i3’s powertrain specs remain the same as when BMW introduced the i3 concept at the LA Auto Show year. The 170-hp electric which twists out up to 184 lb-ft of receives its power from a liquid-cooled lithium-ion battery. to the optional SAE DC Combo Fast hardware, that battery can to 100 percent in about 30 minutes. The Level 2 J1772 charger, takes care of business in 3 hours.

The motor works in with a single-speed transmission to power to the rear wheels.

The i3 can’t compete with the i8 when it comes to speed, but it offer drivers ample pep for commuting. It can accelerate to 30 mph (48 km/h) in 3.5 and 60 mph (96.5 km/h) in about that time. The car’s top is 93 mph (150 km/h), which is limited to conserve electricity.

The i3 regenerative braking to help the battery running as long as The regeneration is speed sensitive, braking at lower speeds and at higher speeds. As BMW tells it: than switching straight to regeneration when the driver off the accelerator, the electric motor zero torque control to from the drivetrain and deploy the available kinetic energy for

In this mode, the BMW i3 cruises virtually no energy at all.

materials and compact design

The may be the technological highlight of any EV, but electric also tend to have a lot of technologies at work, pulling the range and efficiency possible out of powertrain. The i3 sets a new standard in regard. According to BMW it uses the mass-produced carbon fiber-reinforced (CFRP) passenger cell in the auto industry.

BMW has committed to bringing carbon more common in supercars the Lamborghini Aventador. into the and the i3 is one of the first models that good on the promise.

The CFRP is in the construction of what BMW terms the Module (i.e. the cabin helping to slim the i3 down to 2,700 lb. That weight is at a near-perfect 50:50 ratio. The Module (i.e. chassis) is of all aluminum, and other lightweight like a magnesium instrument cross-member add to the weight savings.

In to its light weight, BMW says the CFRP Life Module, with crash-activated front and aluminum structures, offers safety and protection. The company with international crash agencies to thoroughly test the of the design and reports that rigidity and high impact allow it to maintain form and occupants well. The battery is in the underbody of the car, where it is likely to be affected by the impact of a

The debut i3 is in the form of the four-door, as to the Concept Coupe from LA. compared to the original i3 concept, it the extreme glass doors, but the expanded rear side of the Concept Coupe. The rear-hinged coach doors create an B pillar-less entry into the

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Other exterior design of interest include U-shaped LED and tail lamps, contrasting surfaces, a large rear and aerodynamic air curtains.

BMW designed the i3 as a car through and through, using front and rear overhangs to maneuvering in tight driving and spaces. The car has a turning radius of feet (9.8 m), helping it to nimble around cramped centers. Thanks to the elimination of the transmission tunnel, the open offers a Slide Through allowing the driver to easily over and jump out the passenger to avoid exiting onto a street, or perhaps when the is too tight to open the driver-side

Futuristic interior

While the cabin the Life Module a little dramatic, the i3’s does separate itself the average car. In addition to the Through Experience, the loss of the tunnel increases space and a more open feel, is further promoted with and rear bench seats. A functional dashboard keeps the focused on his mission of navigating point A to B. The freestanding steering houses all of the controls he’ll to push forward, including the cluster, start/stop button and shift selector.

BMW reminds driver and passengers in the most eco-friendly of rides a portfolio of available sustainable it calls Next Premium. The eucalyptus wood trim in the concept stages carries to production, as does the olive leather. Parts of the instrument and door panels are made natural fibers procured southern Asia’s Kenaf

Navigation and infotainment is handled by a SIM BMW ConnectedDrive system tailored to electric driving. BMW i Navigation a real-world driving range and mapping visualization, taking like elevation and distance account. The system also information about nearby stations.

On the road, the driver has to a ConnectedDrive agent at all times of the The agent can provide information things like charging and points of interest. BMW’s eCall provides emergency sending information about the number of front-seat occupants, and severity to the BMW ConnectedDrive Call which notifies the appropriate 911

The i3 also leverages the latest technology to enhance functionality in and out of the car. An Apple cable iPhone owners with and phone features. The BMW i Remote app offers functions like monitoring, car location, and door and unlocking.

Pricing and availability

The BMW i3 will in Europe in November and in the United in the second quarter of 2014. It be available in three trim – Mega World, Giga and Tera World – starting at before any federal or state tax or BMW’s destination and handling All three trim levels the ConnectedDrive system, Intelligent i Remote app, trim-specific wheels, a 7.4 kW onboard charger and LED

The main differences are in interior and equipment. The Range Extender i3 will start at $45,200, destination and handling fee or tax incentives.

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