Automakers have thrown their considerable weights behind green technology. This comes as no surprise given the seemingly ever climbing gas prices and stringent future CAFE standards. Electric driven vehicles, such as plug-in hybrids are gaining popularity amid these concerns. But does green technology spell the end of performance sports cars? Not if manufacturers such as BMW, Porsche, and even an upstart such Fisker Automotive have a say.
The two German powerhouses and American newcomer are each set to produce their own eco-friendly yet exotic, sleek, low slung … CONTINUED
See the BMW i8 hybrid sports car in video and get some more insight into its overall design philosophy, aerodynamics, center information display, and plug-in hybrid technology.
We’ve uploaded all BMW i3 videos available so far, including some great features on its architecture, information display, and battery technology.
A new chapter in driving efficiency+performance was kicked off this morning in Frankfurt Germany as the BMW i8 and i3 concept cars were revealed and introduced. For official details and media on the i8 and i3 see our official threads.
Courtesy of Motorauthority, here are some live photos of the i8 concept and i3 concept, from the Frankfurt unveiling.
The production-intent BMW i8 Concept has been revealed today at a BMW i event in Frankfurt, Germany. The BMW i8 will be BMW’s first high performance hybrid-electric sports car. The i8 features a high performance 3-cylinder petrol engine in the rear, coupled with the BMW i3′s electric motor in the front. Total torque of 550 Nm (300Nm petrol engine + 250 Nm electric motor), moving around just 1,480 kg. 0-100kph (62mph) in just 4.6 seconds and top speed of 250kph (limited). All … CONTINUED
The BMW i3 Concept city vehicle has debuted this morning at Frankfurt. The all electric vehicle boasts efficiency, technology, and performance. It outputs 125kw, 250Nm and runs from 0-60 kph in 3.9 seconds and 0-100 kph in 7.9 seconds. Its batteries charge in 6 hours using standard socket and just 1 hour of recharge provides around 80% of battery capacity using high a capacity charger. Its range is 150km. Full details, press release, wallpapers, and videos inside.
Munich/Los Angeles. Back in Hollywood. BMW is pleased to announce their participation in the upcoming Paramount Pictures release “Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol” as the film’s main automotive partner.
High performance with fewer emissions is the name of the game: One of the BMW vehicles provided for Tom Cruise´s next film is the BMW Vision EfficientDynamics concept car. It has been recognized as having the most sophisticated technology and the most striking design among the current concept electric supercars. In a few years the BMW i8, which … CONTINUED
The new trailer is out and the movie looks good! Whats so special is that the BMW i8 will have a starring role in the movie, but the film is full of BMW product placement. The BMW 6 series, 5 series, Concept CS, and various Rolls Royce’s will also be in the movie. If you love BMW, you’ll probably want to see the movie.
A report out of Car and Driver claims that the the BMW i3, BMW’s first electric vehicle, will start at approximately $35,000. The i3′s power, range and top speed will be 150hp, 160 miles, and 100mph, respectively.
Even more stats are provided by their “deep inside source in Munchen [Munich]” – luggage room is supposed to be a large-for-its-size 14.1 cubic feet, split between trunk and the under-hood space.
All auto manufacturer tries to keep new models they’re working on a secret. Yet, there are cars virtually everyone knows about based on speculation or inside information. One of these cars is the BMW Z2 roadster. The Z4 has long abandoned the niche the BMW Z3 was once designed for. So it’s only reasonable that BMW is looking to re-enter that niche again — a small and pure roadster, affordable, light, fun. We’ve reported earlier about BMW working on a Z2 offering such a package. There … CONTINUED
BMW’s current focus on reducing its overall fleet CO2 emissions is clear to anyone following the company’s newest models and technologies. As with all of the world’s auto manufacturers, the company is preparing to meet more stringent emissions standards in the next few years. How well is BMW doing with regard to this goal? Compared to Daimler AG, extremely well.
As cited by Autonews, the current estimate of BMW’s green lead over rival Daimler is valued at approximately 2 billion euros. The estimate comes by way of … CONTINUED
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BMW has launched the BMW Evolve App, an iPhone app which is a virtual electric vehicle simulator which uses data from your current driving habits to help determine if a BMW ActiveE or an upcoming BMW all-electric vehicle will be right for you.
The program uses the iPhone’s GPS to track your driving habits and distances and lets you charge virtually as you would with a real electric vehicle.
The data you collect will not only help determine if you’re ready for a BMW EV, but can also … CONTINUED
BMW recently announced the introduction of the BMW i sub-brand, a model line-up to offer mobility solutions for the future. And while the development for the BMW i3 (and BMW i8) continues for the market launch in 2013, there are still some things to consider and some problems to solve to make the idea of electric cars work.
One of these things is charging. Unlike conventional cars with combustion engines, you can’t just go the next station and fill up within 5 minutes. A full recharge of … CONTINUED
Just a a day ago, when I first read that Frank Weber, Chevrolet Volt lead engineer turned Opel executive, it got my mind thinking. Likely some sort of internal politics? Disagreement on strategies? Well, it seems to be the case that BMW is taking its commitment to electric thinking very seriously and going for the jugular.
Reports right now are indicating that it was in fact BMW who has hired Mr. Weber away from Opel. Mr. Weber will be working directly under BMW’s head of research and … CONTINUED
Now that spyshots of the BMW i3 have been plenty, it’s not difficult to imagine what the production i3 will resemble. That’s what Car and Driver’s artist has done here, in this render of an i3 which they call “Scion xD meets the scoundrel pigs from Angry Birds.”
The render is easily believable, based on current spy photos and the original Megacity render released by BMW (posted below for reference).
Despite being an all electric vehicle, the BMW i3 will have sporty intentions. It’s been confirmed to be … CONTINUED
Autoblog’s Damon Lavrinc has confirmed what many had figured out from the i3 spy videos, that the 2013 i3 will be rear wheel drive and “mid-engine”. The BMW i3 is BMWs first forray into a mass production electric vehicle, mainly geared towards large cities, as its original name implies (Mega City Vehicle). Thats not to say its the first EV from BMW, as they have already been learning alot from the MINIe and BMW 1-Series ActiveE, this car simply represents the next step– smaller packaging and … CONTINUED
We bring you the first spy videos of the BMW i8 in cold weather testing runs. The live motion view gives us even more impressions of the future hybrid sports car and it looks sleeker and lower than ever. View videos inside.