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BMW i3 Concept Comes To Reality On July 29, Three Continent Launch

BMW i3, which was first displayed as a concept at the Frankfurt International Motor Show exactly two years ago, Now it is being launched today for 3 continents -US, Europe and Asia.

The i3 concept featured an extra-terrestrial aura, its production version will be toned down much. The key highlights of i3 electric car would be reworked bumpers, shorter rear doors and new light clusters on the front as well as rear end. The engine of i3 will be fitted at its rear end and will come with a rear wheel drive option.

Interestingly, the performance oriented engine of i3 will churn out a maximum power of 170 bhp with an alarming torque of 249 Nm.


With a single charge of the lithium-ion battery, the driving range of the model lies between 128 km and 160 km. Also, the model also features an optional range extending twin-cylinder petrol engine, which will take the final figures to around 300 km. Interestingly, i3 has a vast fan base in Europe with over 100,000 requests pending for the first drive of the model.

Sources further said that the i3 electric car will be priced close to 29,000 Euros, around Rs. 22.65 lakh, in Germany and will be put to sale by the end of 2013.

Indian experts are of a view that the model will be also introduced in the country, somewhere in the first half of 2014. However, they further said, that electric vehicles have not performed fairly well in the Indian auto market as hybrid models like the Honda Civic and Toyota Prius were not able top garner the attention of domestic auto enthusiasts.

The BMW i3 electric hatchback will be unveiled in a series of glitzy events in London, New York and Beijing. In each of the three metropolises, BMW Group board members will present the BMW i3 in a live transmission, explaining the development history and technology of this innovative model and showing what form a global solution to the challenges of personal mobility could take. It is a promotion that underscores the seriousness of BMW’s long-term ambitions.

The unveiling will be streamed live on the internet.

“We’re at the dawn of this electric era,” sales chief Ian Robertson said during a test drive outside Munich on July 15.

BMW i3 Concept Comes To Reality On July 29, Three Continent Launch

Coming after an estimated $2.7 billion investment programme, the BMW i3 launch is a milestone for the world’s biggest luxury carmaker as well as the electric car fraternity.

“This is a significant move for BMW,” said Lincoln Merrihew, vice president of transportation at market researchers Millward Brown Digital. “They’re launching a new brand in a new segment with new vehicles … And they’re going all in.”

The 125 kW/170 hp electric motor of the BMW i3 enables locally emission-free driving to a range of between 130 and 160 kilometers (approx. 80 to 100 miles). BMW insists that the i3′s 160-kilometer range is enough for drivers based in urban or suburban areas.

The car recharges in less than an hour at special stations and up to eight hours from a wall socket at home.

An optional diesel or petrol range extender kicks in when the battery runs low, allowing the i3 to travel 300 kilometers. Also the BMW i3 accelerates from 0 to 100 km per hour in seven seconds – only 1.5 seconds more than a Porsche Cayman – so has plenty of performance to satisfy core customers.

While many markets worldwide are excited about the new car, it is unlikely to make it to Indian roads anytime in the recent future as electric vehicles are yet to take off in a major way here.

German brand set to offer radical city car in two forms and with car-sharing scheme.

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BMW is set to complete a U-turn on its initial plan to only offer its radical i3 city car with a range-extending petrol engine in Australia.

And it is hoping to make electric car ownership more attractive with an ambitious car-sharing scheme.

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The German brand will reveal the final showroom version of the carbon-bodied four-seat electric car tonight with a simultaneous unveiling in three of the world s most-populated cities; New York, London and Beijing.

BMW i3 � Electric Car 127kW with Range Extender Auto

BMW Australia Managing Director, Phil Horton, initially dismissed the idea of a full electric version when the concept was revealed at the 2011 Frankfurt motor show, telling Drive at the time that Australian consumers were reluctant to adopt the technology due to range anxiety concerns.

My personal view is the range extender is the way to go, he said.

For me, when we start looking at the actual product itself, I would be looking to bring the range extender in as standard

I would have thought people need that sort of reassurance.

But BMW Australia spokesman, Scott Croaker, said the company is now evaluating both options ahead of its local arrival mid next year.

We re certainly looking at the electric and range-extender options concurrently and the benefits each of them may offer for our customers, Croaker told Drive.

The electric option is certainly not off the table. We recognise there are still some perceived hurdles for [electric car] consumers but this is a completely holistic approach to the future of mobility rather than just an electrified version of a standard passenger car.

The i3 is driven by a 125kW/250Nm electric motor that is powered by a lithium-ion battery pack with a claimed range of 190km. The range-extender version has a 650cc twin-cylinder engine from a BMW scooter that re-charges the batteries on the move and, with a nine-litre fuel tank, extends the overall range beyond 300km.

BMW has yet to reveal pricing for the i3 range in Australia, but it is believed the car will cost at least $50,000 around the same as its entry-level 3-series sedan.

It hasn t confirmed exactly how the car will be sold either through a lease-only proposition or conventional retail methods or, potentially, both but it is likely to be featured in only a select number of dealerships and standalone BMW i showrooms in major metropolitan areas.

BMW is, however, considering a radical car-sharing scheme to make the i3 more attractive to inner-city buyers. This would give an i3 owner the opportunity for short-term loans of other vehicles from within the BMW range, such as a weekend getaway in a Z4 roadster or a family holiday in an X5 SUV.

We are looking to remove any obstacles to the ownership of an electric car, Croaker told Drive.

There are many options we are looking at to change the perceptions and experience of owning an electric car in Australia.

BMW i3 � Electric Car 127kW with Range Extender Auto
BMW i3 � Electric Car 127kW with Range Extender Auto
BMW i3 � Electric Car 127kW with Range Extender Auto
BMW i3 � Electric Car 127kW with Range Extender Auto
BMW i3 � Electric Car 127kW with Range Extender Auto
BMW i3 � Electric Car 127kW with Range Extender Auto
BMW i3 � Electric Car 127kW with Range Extender Auto
BMW i3 � Electric Car 127kW with Range Extender Auto
BMW i3 � Electric Car 127kW with Range Extender Auto
BMW i3 � Electric Car 127kW with Range Extender Auto

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