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Electric shock: i3 to get range-extender

Go the BMW has pulled a surprise, announcing it offer an optional range-extending engine in tandem with the electric motor.

BMW surprises by an optional range-extending engine for city-car

1 August 2011

By STANFORD in FRANKFURT

BMW will possible range-anxiety concerns for its new i3 city-car by offering an optional combustion engine when it in 2013.

The company released new of its ground-breaking electric small car a presentation in Frankfurt, where it revealed the sporty i8 plug-in

Both were presented as vehicles, although BMW said the vehicles would not stray far these machines.

While the i3 will be powered only by an motor and have a predicted of around 150km BMW dropped the that it would also a version with a small engine to extend its range.

REx, a name that on its range-extending role, the engine be a petrol unit.

Although BMW did not specify its size, the s new policy of modular engines in 500cc iterations means the REx likely be 500cc, 1.0-litre or

Like the engine in the Chevrolet which is currently on sale in the US, the REx automatically switches on when the charge drops below a point and does not drive the directly but instead generates for the battery.

Asked whether the option meant BMW was having a bet way with fully electric and hybrid technology, company and marketing head Ian Robertson GoAuto it was a way of catering for the needs of customers.


It will be appropriate for customers to have a full electric vehicle with no and for the majority of people who live in a urban environment we know will be fine, Mr Robertson

However, there are people who once a month I need to go to my ski and I need to drive 250km or it is and for them a range-extender is appropriate.

The i3 is a small four-seat city-car a surprising amount of interior and relatively tall body to the slightly larger 1 Series

It will be rear-drive and the rear-mounted motor generates 125kW and which will move it 0-100km/h in less than seconds. It will have an controlled top speed of 150km/h.

The range-extending engine will be mounted at the rear, but it is not clear if the i3 s boot space will be when it is fitted.

BMW claims the i3, which will weigh an 1250kg, will have front/rear weight distribution for handling, but again it is not clear the optional rear-mounted engine, tank and transmission will do to optimal weight balance.

The i3 s batteries are arranged in a large slab that sits in an housing that forms a beneath the passenger cell.

lower section, combined the wheels, powerplant(s) and suspension be bolted and glued to a top section largely of carbon-fibre-reinforced plastic, BMW says is at least as strong as and 50 per cent lighter.

BMW claims the i3 will be the first electric car, referring to EVs such as the Nissan Leaf and iMiEV as conversion cars.

We be the first with Born Mr Robertson said, referring to the new term specific to BMW s new EV range.

does it mean? It means we developed a car for the alternative environment the two cars you mention (Nissan and Mitsubishi iMiEV) are conventional that could have had an technology engine.

BMW i3 Electric Car 127kW with Range Extender Auto Automatic 5dr

When by GoAuto why BMW has been so slow to an electric vehicle when it leads the market with new Mr Robertson said BMW had reduced the impact of its cars across the before reaching the point of an EV, but that its options would be to anything else on the market.

One for certain is that we are a premium manufacturer, therefore the technology we bring will be leading and that is what you see right behind you (i3 and i8) rather than you see from other companies are in the market already.

BMW was tight-lipped when it came to aspects of its new i cars, which are two years away from Sources have already the sporty i8 could cost as as $300,000, but the company was not about to an estimate for the i3, which will form the bulk of BMW s electric car

You could look at the marketplace at the and say there are some electric that have already produced. You know that, in terms to where their sit, they are expensive.

I will tell you is that we are a company. We will have the substance to underpin this and it will be a premium price BMW. I m equally conscious we have to position it correctly to it attract customers across the So, at the same time, it will be priced for the technology we offer.

The i3 is slightly larger than a measuring 3845mm long, wide and sitting a relatively 1537mm, which gives it of a mini-people mover look a traditional hatch.

Its rear are rear-hinged for greater accessibility and the seats have bench allowing occupants to slide which BMW says would be in tight spots where the doors on one side of the vehicle are

The interior is futuristic and it is not immediately how much of this will it into production. BMW has ditched the centre console, creating a spacious feel in the front.

A digital screen is the prominent of the dashboard and BMW says it plans to software showing a range of such as the nearest charging

It is also working on iPad-like that could tell the the fastest way to get to the intended location and even advise the driver to the car and catch the train if the traffic is too

Recharging the all-electric model take around six hours a normal power outlet, but it can be to 80 per cent capacity within one

The i3 and i8 will both be produced at BMW s plant, with the carbon-fibre produced by BMW and joint-venture partner SGL in State.

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BMW i3 Electric Car 127kW with Range Extender Auto Automatic 5dr
BMW i3 Electric Car 127kW with Range Extender Auto Automatic 5dr
BMW i3 Electric Car 127kW with Range Extender Auto Automatic 5dr
BMW i3 Electric Car 127kW with Range Extender Auto Automatic 5dr
BMW i3 Electric Car 127kW with Range Extender Auto Automatic 5dr
BMW i3 Electric Car 127kW with Range Extender Auto Automatic 5dr
BMW i3 Electric Car 127kW with Range Extender Auto Automatic 5dr
BMW i3 Electric Car 127kW with Range Extender Auto Automatic 5dr

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