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2014 BMW i3

     

2014 BMW i3

BMW introduced the all-new BMW i3 electric car, constructed in a revolutionary way from next-generation materials. The BMW i3 will go on sale in the US market in the second quarter of 2014, and starts with a base MSRP of 41,350 USD, before any federal or state incentives, and before Destination & Handling fee (currently 925 USD). (more below)

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Worldwide Debut of the All-New BMW i3

Source: BMW | Published: Mon Aug 05, 2013 by Andrew D.

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The All-New BMW i3

The new all-electric BMW i3 is a landmark in BMW's mission to provide a completely sustainable, electric vehicle that still stays true to the Ultimate Driving Machine moniker. The BMW i3 is the first product of the new BMW i sub-brand, and is a truly purpose built electric car. It's a new era for electro mobility at BMW.

The vehicle concept behind the BMW i3 was designed from the outset to incorporate an all-electric drive system. This has numerous advantages over "conversion" vehicles, in which the original combustion engine is swapped for an electric motor. The engineers can design whatever works best, in terms of construction, dimensions and configuration of the electric drive system's components. The car's development is dictated by the characteristics designed into the car by the development team and not by the constraints imposed by a pre-existing vehicle design. For example, the space in a conversion vehicle set aside for the fuel tank or exhaust system cannot be used. In the BMW i3 there is no need for this kind of compromise.

The Ultimate Drive Machine


BMW makes the Ultimate Driving Machine, and that holds true for the BMW i3. The hybrid synchronous electric motor, which weighs only 110 lbs., is developed and produced specially by the BMW Group for use in the BMW i3, with maximum revs of 11,400 rpm, generates an output of 170 hp and outputs maximum torque of 184 lb-ft on tap from the moment the car pulls away. That's propels the 2,700 lb car from 0-30mph in 3.5 seconds, 0-60mph in approximately 7.2 seconds, and to an electronically limited top speed of 93 mph (preliminary USA figures). Much like engine braking with a manual transmission, but even more effective, the accelerator pedal also acts as a brake when the driver lifts off the accelerator.

City Friendly: The Future of Urban Mobility

The BMW i3 marks the introduction of a new type of megacity vehicle. Its small size allows it to easily maneuver and park on city streets, while the car's short front and rear overhangs make parking in tight spaces much easier. Its sharp turning radius and nimble handling are the perfect match for city driving. In the front, the Slide Through Experience allows the driver to slide through the car and exit on the passenger side, to avoid exiting into a busy city street. This is made possible because of the absence of the transmission tunnel. The coach doors make getting into and out of the car much more practical by eliminating the B pillar and creating one large opening to enter and exit.

BMW i3: Review (2/2)

Specs
AT (automatic transmission), MT (manual transmission)
Powertrain
Type Electric
Displacement 198 cu  (Holds Charge, Doesn't Power Wheels-Optional)
Power 34 hp
Torque n/a
Redline n/a
Electric Power 170 hp
Electric Torque 184 lb-ft
Driveline n/a
Transmission n/a
Brakes & Tires
Brakes Front - Rear Ventilated Discs - Ventilated Discs
Tire Size Front - Rear 155/0 R13
Exterior Dimensions & Weight
Length 157.4 in
Width 69.9 in
Height 62.1 in
Curb Weight 2700 lbs
Performance
0-60 mph 3.7 s
1/4 Mile n/a
60-0 Braking n/a
Top Speed 93 mph
Fuel Economy
EPA Fuel Mileage - City/Highway n/a
Fuel Economy
EPA Fuel Mileage - All Electric n/a
EPA Fuel Mileage - Gas Only n/a
Range
All Electric Range 81-99 miles
Total Range n/a
Origin & Price
Manufacturer's Origin Germany
Where Built Germany
Base Retail Price (MSRP) n/a

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