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BMW Exec Sees Little for Public Charging

As European take ownership of the new i3 electric Herbert Diess says a public infrastructure “is not very important because people are charging their at home.”

DETROIT The success of vehicles hinges not on the development of a charging infrastructure but on the willingness of to have charging ports at their homes, a BMW executive

As the German automaker launches its i3 EV, slated to go on sale in the U.S. in BMW board member Herbert says buyers of the car likely drive it short distances in areas and will not need sources of electricity away home.

Based on usage of early test EVs a Mini and a Diess says “very few would use public charging.”

Speaking with journalists the recent North American Auto Show, Diess he has been driving an i3 for more a year. “And not once I touched public charging.”

He parts of northern Europe are building an infrastructure for plug-ins. For Amsterdam expects to have public charging stations by the end of year.

But as European customers ownership of the i3, Diess says public infrastructure is not really important because most are charging their cars at

Home charging is more and eliminates anxiety about the of a public dock, an issue to crop up as EVs proliferate.

Plus, says most EVs are used cities for about one hour per “So there is plenty of for recharging,” he says.

“We think long-term will be many EVs around, when it comes to commuting distances in metropolitan areas.”

make sense in Europe, cities are crowded and parking tight. Also, gasoline in Germany recently topped $12 a In Asia, EVs are a tool to curb and improve air quality, Diess “We really believe in cars.”

The more zero-emission BMW sells, the more leeway the has in marketing high-performance cars as the all-new M3 sedan and M4 coupe, facing government fines.

refers to the 362-hp i8 2+2 plug-in with its carbon-fiber chassis and (2.5 L/100 km) fuel-economy as crucial to the sustainability of dynamic in an era of increasingly stringent emissions Priced at $135,000 in the U.S. the i8 on sale this spring.

i8 shows we can do brilliant cars if we put into the cars cars probably provide even fun-to-drive (character) than our inline 6-cyl. engines,” he

As the i3 rolls out to customers in Europe, says response from the has been extremely upbeat.

customers are really enthusiastic,” he “They love the experience of electrically. The feedback is what would have expected in an car from BMW: direct fast, a narrow turning It’s the typical BMW concept: The axle is for steering, and the rear is for acceleration. Electric motors be at the rear axle because so much torque available the wheels can’t handle

Diess says he is surprised buyers are not opting for the range a 0.6L 34-hp 2-cyl. engine mounted in the rear adds 330 lbs. (150 kg) to the weight. The range extender as a generator and never directly the wheels.

BMW i3 � Electric Car 127kW with Range Extender Auto

Base price for the i3 is $41,350, and the extender adds $3,850 to the

“I personally prefer the car the range extender,” he says. depends how you use the car. If I used the car for business going to work, in, week out I wouldn’t go for the range because it’s additional and the car loses a little bit of its agility, its

Overall, he expects about a split for i3 sales with and the range extender.

Also on the front, Diess confirms a version of the 2-Series will to the U.S. likely with a top, as production will “toward the end of the year.”

The ’14 2-Series coupe, recently in Detroit as a replacement for the coupe, goes on sale the first quarter with a price of $33,025.

Below the Diess says BMW does not see the in the U.S. for a smaller sedan. seeking four doors in segment can consider the X1 small CUV if it comes to the U.S. the Active 2-Series multipurpose vehicle.

rivals Mercedes and Audi are in the segment with the new CLA and A3, respectively, says he sees a “high of substitution” as the vehicles may swipe from the brands’ larger

He declines to confirm if the Toyota displayed in Detroit, is an early of a future sports-car architecture to be with BMW.

“We are on that. We are making progress,” says of the joint project Toyota. “It’s a complex We need to decide which would they be and when would launch.

We think it makes sense for companies, but it is a car architecture that has to both companies. I think we have a final decision in a few

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