The future is now. BMW recently released their new concept cars, the BMW i3 and BMW i8. The two new electric vehicle concepts look every part the bit of next generation technology, and their drivetrains match the image as well. These cars give a small glimpse into a promising BMW future.
The first concept car BMW revealed is the BMW i3 Concept. The BMW i3 has a zero emission electric drive and a range of 150km (93miles). BMW’s newly developed LifeDrive architecture features a carbon passenger cell making it the first car to be mass produced with carbon fiber. This material helps the BMW i3 achieve its low weight of 1,250kg (2,755lb) while still having a spacious interior and the highest crash safety levels. The shed weight also allows the BMW to accelerate from 0-100km (0-62mph) in less than eight seconds.
The BMW i8 is the premier next generation sports car. With a 0-100km time of less than five seconds, the i8 is blazing fast. While the speed is electronically limited at 250km/h, the BMW is quick to accelerate, as its combination of electric and petrol motors allow it to have the instant torque of an electric engine while possessing the high end power of a combustion engine. The electric engine gets a pure electric range of 35km (21 miles) and is complemented by a three cylinder petrol engine to get extended range. The three cylinder engine is turbocharged and gets 220hp and 221 ft-lb of torque.
Aside from cars, the BMW i team is looking to offer different mobility services. The focus with mobility services lies in creating solutions for parking space, making more intelligent navigation systems, route planning, and car sharing with DriveNow. ParkatmyHouse is one of the Programs that the BMW i team is developing where via smart phone app or the internet you can rent out your personal parking space at your house.
All of this will be going on at BMW’s Leipzig plant in Germany. Over 400mil euros are invested for developing the BMW i facilities which is scheduled to go in 2013. The factory will also be environmentally sound, as it will be CO2 neutral and only use renewable resources.