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BMW Working on Carbon-Fiber Hopes to Convince Regulators of

With the advent of the electrically i3 and the i8 plug-in hybrid sports BMW has doubled down on lightweight For the structure and body panels of vehicles, BMW is making liberal use of reinforced composite materials.

The approach serves multiple It offsets some of the massive of the battery system of these it serves as a testing ground for application in other BMW models, and a perfect marketing tool to skeptical car enthusiasts to electrics.

The factor will only when another innovation to market: carbon-fiber wheels. wheels have been by tuners and on motorcycles, but up to now, have shied away the technology. Michael Taylor in Auto Express that BMW is wheels consisting of aluminum and a carbon-fiber rim, as well as completely formed from the stuff.

BMW is apparently unfazed by about the safety of carbon-fiber They are very damage-resistant, BMW Franz Storkenmaier says, and he claims that cosmetic such as scuffing is easier to The weight savings with the aluminum/carbon-fiber wheel are expected to around 25 percent versus the aluminum wheel, while a completely constructed of carbon weighs roughly 35 percent

Even though the total of pounds saved would be lighter wheels lower a unsprung mass, and that has a beneficial effect on handling. the most important argument for the and costly technology may be its marketing In short, carbon-fiber wheels cool.

Which means it is the perfect for BMW s funky electric fleet. It come to market within two if approved by government authorities.

BMW Demand Before Expanding i

The first words of caution are from Munich. After the of the i3 and the introduction of the i8. BMW production chief Krueger told  Automotive   that the company needs to assess demand before it further electric or plug-in models under its i range.

The will remain with the two models until BMW can determine if s enough demand for any more.

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BMW has said the i3 is selling well and the i8 is sold out for without disclosing actual figures or sales targets. IHS Automotive recently predicted sales for the i8 of 1932 units in and 5085 units in 2015, it s predicted that 21,416 i3s be sold in 2014 and 22,480 in 2015. After this in 2015, IHS expects sales of models to dwindle.


Krueger Automotive News that the i3 won t be in China, the world s largest market.

Estimates regarding how much BMW spent in RD, tooling, and for the i3 and i8 vary wildly, but it s believed the has sunk between $2 billion and $5 into the project. BMW will say that the costs have written off, allowing the to make money from the one sold.

Krueger s comments mark a from the extremely bullish that the company had previously Rumors of a mid-size, family-hauling i5 gone quiet in the past few meanwhile, model designations up to i9 have been trademarked. It s they may go unused.

The Continental: from BMW’s i3 Launch, a Note on Benz’s Nine-Speed

Each week, our German slices and dices the latest news, and quick-hit driving from the other side of the His byline may say Jens Meiners, but we call him. the Continental.

We companies should be proud of newest wares, but some of the that came out of the BMW i3 launch week—which happened simultaneously in New York, and Beijing—was a bit much. for example, these quotes BMW CEO Norbert Reithofer s big speech:

the mobile phone did for communication, mobility will do for individual

This is more than the of a unique car. It s a milestone in the history.

Today, the BMW i3 begins a new The era of true sustainable mobility.

And Schwarzenbauer, BMW s board member for Mini, Rolls-Royce, and aftersales, claimed: Never before has the BMW been so proud to present a car to the (From 1994 to 2012, worked for Porsche and Audi, but I he asked around in Munich to his bold statement.)

Indeed, the question of whether history was made on the morning of 29 remains wide open. I was present at the New York i3 event, amongst a sizable number of BMW executives and the usual group of and bloggers. Outgoing mayor who prides himself on promoting made an appearance as well.

the speeches were delivered, we to take a closer look at the car on stage, and another one on the rooftop of the Center 548 in the Chelsea arts

The series production car is unusually to the concept cars we ve seen the last two years. It will be one of the futuristic vehicles on the road, in overall shape and in the execution of the It was surprising, however, to see one of the two cars orange example pictured fitted with halogen, headlights.

This low-cost, technology won t be offered in the U.S. Carbon fiber is visible the vehicle, and in sometimes unusual Exterior panels like the and fenders are made from plastic. They are painted, but BMW has dyed-through plastics, and I am told such parts may be offered on i models.

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The gaps are not as tight as on BMW vehicles, undoubtedly due to the manufacturing of the carbon-fiber-and-aluminum architecture of this

Inside, the i3 displays an unusual mix with optional open-pore and supposedly eco-friendly materials. The is futuristic, but traditionally minded might perceive some of the as being on the cheap side. Personally, I the i3 s design, both outside and inside. It s a new and refreshing take on the urban car: Radiating precision, it probably is the most electric vehicle yet.

  BMW chief designer Adrian van said that the i design will remain distinct: I do not to take these design to the main brand. Ulrich who leads the i product line, As long as it is an i, you will recognize a i shape. He also said i would be treated similar to BMW s M high-performance division, but won t enjoy s independent standing.

BMW executives that a battery-changing system, the one Tesla is working to offer on the S, is presently not an option: The battery is an part of the vehicle and we have the optimal position, says of BMW i production Daniel Schäfer. But the is still looking at inductive according to spokesman Cypselus von As to future models, BMW executives say with the i3 and the upcoming i8. there is below, between, and above. And hint that the most model to follow is a family car right between the i3 and i8.

Moreover, could be electric Minis: Of I can imagine an electric Mini, BMW chief designer Adrian van

The i3 goes on sale in Europe in 2013, but U.S.-market customers have to wait until the quarter of 2014. BMW USA chief Willisch tells me he expects a rate pretty close to 100 dealers can opt out, although the to offer the i3 barely exceeds not a hurdle, really, as Willisch Interestingly, in the U.S. the i3 and the i8 will almost simultaneously.

Hyperbole aside, the i3 is a fairly step for electric mobility: its semi-affordable entry-level price, and the and support of BMW, it may be the best at re-educating the fuel-wasting public It also is a massive step for for better or for worse: The project is to have consumed funds in the of $2.7 billion, and if it doesn t off on the marketplace, it will go down as one of the poor investments in automotive  Whether last week s was BMW s proudest ever or not, it is that there will be a lot of events with a clear on Motoren as if nothing had ever

More Paddling, Marginal

Call me backwards, but I tend to transmissions with more six speeds. In fact, I am perfectly with a five-speed unit, but six seem to be a happy compromise offering seamless connections, a overall spread, and a workable of gears for any situation. Of course, we moved into a world of manuals and automatics with up to ten One of the reasons provided is the supposed in fuel economy; allegations the more-is-better approach to the number of is marketing-induced are of course vehemently

Mercedes-Benz now offers a nine-speed in the diesel-powered, rear-wheel-drive E350 at least in Europe; U.S.-market so equipped will follow.

How great are these efficiency M arginal. Using European-cycle the E350 improves from mpg with the seven-speed box to 44.4 mpg the nine-speed transmission. But at the same the official numbers for the all-wheel-drive BlueTec 4MATIC, which the seven-speed, have also changed from 39.2 mpg to mpg.

No explanation is given, but it that the rear-driver s improvement at least partially be attributable to factors, whether technical or On a different note, Mercedes-Benz that the nine-speed transmission be offered with a manual Do you like paddling?

Meanwhile, in the European emissions regulation may put a to the proliferation of start-stop systems. with a German-based Hyundai/Kia at length, I learned that the next set of rules means start-stop systems have effect on certified consumption and anymore. If they are to have a effect, it would largely be credits awarded to carmakers take their pick a menu of pre-selected, good

You can t blame carmakers for taking a attitude.

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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