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BMW i3 � Electric Car 127kW with Range Extender Auto

BMW i3 Concept: Pure Electric with Optional Range to go on Sale in 2013 [79 Pics]

The car we came to know as the Megacity was officially revealed today as the BMW i3 ahead of its 2011 Frankfurt Show debut and less two years before it goes on in 2013.

The new i3 along with the i8 coupe concept (we’ll more on that in a bit) was also shown today, are the vehicles of BMW’s new i sub-brand which the Bavarian company to sell a range of environmental-friendly pure-electric and range-extended cars.

The upcoming i3 will be BMW’s ever mass produced model. The five-door hatchback on a new dedicated architecture named


The chassis is made mostly aluminum while the body from CFRP (carbonfibre plastic). BMW says that is at least as strong as steel, but 50 per cent lighter, adding by comparison, aluminum would only 30 per cent in weight steel.

For its motivation, the i3 relies on an electric that resides over the axle and drives the rear It’s an improved version of the motor found on the MINI E and it generates an output of 170-horses kW) and 250 Nm (184 lb.ft) allowing the i3 to from 0 to 60 km/h (37 mph) in four seconds and from to 100 km/h (62 mph) in less eight seconds.

The single-speed gearbox allows the i3 to reach an electronically governed 150 (93 mph). BMW says that the speed governor the driving would be unnecessarily restricted.

BMW i3 � Electric Car 127kW with Range Extender Auto

The to drive the electric motor is by a set of lithium-ion batteries with a system that are mounted the central section of the floor. can be fully recharged in six hours a standard power socket. If a charger is used, an 80 per cent can be achieved in one hour.

The batteries offer a driving of around 120km to 160km miles).

BMW will also an optional Range Extender the REx, which allows the driving range to be increased. The REx of a small displacement petrol that drives a generator maintains the battery charge and therefore extends the range of the motor. BMW says that to fuel consumption, REx also such functions as Automatic and other intelligent operating

The i3 is the smallest BMW model measuring long, 1,537mm wide and tall while riding on long wheelbase. It comes four seats, wide-opening coach doors, a rear capacity of around 200 liters and an smaller compartment in the front.

The slightly futuristic design of the that shares many styling cues with the i8 is to remain fairly unchanged on the model. The interior, on the other is purely conceptual and will likely be redesigned for the showroom i3.

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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