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BMW i3  Electric Car 127kW with Range Extender Auto

The BMW i3 The Future of Motoring

BMW s foray electric vehicles began in the 70s. Since then, the has dabbled in electric powered in proof-of-concept form for motor and even internal engineering However it wasn t until the of the Megacity program, MINI E and ultimately BMWi that got serious. With the learnings of the E and the BMW Active E, BMWi is now ready to its first product the BMW i3

The i3 will in showrooms early next with base price of However with the US $7500 tax the adjusted price will be a affordable $34,725 (destination Moderately equipped the i3 will go out the for $40,000 and in turn BMW hopes usher in the start of an electric revolution.

To us that could be one of the best in all of the automotive world not just of the price. In our eyes, what the i3 so interesting is the packaging, platform and of course how it will likely as real world, premium

Why should MINI owners Let s talk about some of the the i3 follows, both new and fundamentally

On the face of it, a $40,000 BMW isn t news. the i3 represents both a future-forward as well as a reliance on a few crucial formulas. The i3 will be the world s mass-produced car to utilize a carbon chassis.

This brings the down dramatically to levels of in the electric car world. The use of carbon effectively cancels out the extra contributed by the lithium-ion battery, the low, central positioning of the pack enhances the car’s while preserving the BMW typical, 50:50 weight distribution. The weight is an astonishing 2,630 lbs than any recent MINI.

Couple that with and peak torque of 184 lb-ft (on tap and you have what could be a quick urban runabout.

Yet is just one part of the equation. The characteristics of the BMW i3 are dominated by maneuverability. The power, stiff suspension precise steering and surprisingly turning circle (just ft ) produces something that like a hell of a lot of fun on paper.

It sounds surprisingly like the that has made MINI so over the past 50 years.

most cars in the marketplace, the i3 has its wheels at the corner of the vehicle. results was stability, maneuverability and a amount of space inside. all core attributes of the MINI the years.

The achilles heel of the electric has always been the perceived of real world usability. there are some trade-offs. The battery enables the BMW i3 to achieve a of 80 – 100 miles in everyday driving. can be increased by up to 12% in ECO PRO mode, and by the same again in ECO PRO+ mode.

Not bad but s clearly going to be a barrier for than a few of us.

BMW i3  Electric Car 127kW with Range Extender Auto

The BMW i3 is also available a range-extender engine, a 650cc gasoline engine developing 34 hp. It the car’s maximum range in driving to around 160 – 180 miles and has no on luggage capacity.

Furthermore, Range Assistant is both for route planning and journeys already under If the destination programmed into the system is beyond the car’s the system suggests switching to ECO PRO or ECO mode and calculates a more route. But the really interesting of the i3 program is what BMW is prepared to do for who really need to go further the range allows.

If the BMW i3 concept to meet mobility requirements in a situation, BMW will provide vehicles from a local

The sum of this is not just a new car but a new way of thinking transportation. The funny thing is we haven t even seen the car We have plenty of indications of it will look like to recent lightly cladded and a thinly veiled concept, but we ve told by those who have the final product that it s unlike anything else on the when you see it in person.

Is that good or bad? will be up to you, but it s clear BMW s billions invested in BMWi and mobility is about to be dissected and in a big way very soon.

What this mean for MINI? We expect BMW s investment in carbon to pay off in the fourth generation MINI, for release around 2020. the F56 and its derivatives were too far along re development process to take of it.

Meanwhile, much of the i3 s advancements be seen in other BMWi and then eventually in BMW and BMW M vehicles.


We ll be on-hand at the worldwide introduction of the i3 in NYC week and will have impressions later this

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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