At the 2015 Washington Auto Show, two of the top automakers, BMW of North America and Volkswagen of America, together with ChargePoint, the largest electric vehicle charging network, announced an initiative to create express charging corridors along heavily-traveled routes on the East and West Coasts. Designed to increase the number of fast charging locations, the initiative will help meet the large and growing demand for convenient, publicly available electric vehicle fast chargers, including direct current (DC) Fast charging locations, and support the adoption of … CONTINUED
For reasons unknown, BMW has advertised the US i3 as having 1.9 gallon fuel tanks instead of 2.4 gallons as they have in Europe.
Seems that this is in reality not the case. i3 in both markets actually have the same fuel tank capacity, but BMW has programmed the US i3 to run out of fuel at 1.9 gallons when in fact it has 2.4 gallon capacity and there is still fuel remaining in the tank when the gauge shows
Today, BMW announced plans to feature the all-electric BMW i3 in a 60-second spot during Super Bowl XLIX on Sunday, February 1, 2015. After a 4-year hiatus, BMW will be returning to the big game with a commercial during the first quarter.
Here is another interview with new BMW M head, Fraciscus van Meel, by CAR, which provides us some more insight into the new M CEO’s philosophies and outlook on the M brand.
On whether there is a possibility of a BMW i8 M model:
‘I can see a marrying of BMW’s M and i brands, but I can’t see an i8M just now. There is a very close collaboration between M and i – we have an open-book policy, and each brand can look into the … CONTINUED
We knew the i8 was in high demand (relative to supply) and certain dealers were listing them for a premium price above MSRP, but this one takes the cake. Irvine BMW recently managed to sell an i8 for a $100,000 “market adjustment.”
This is one buyer who would not be stopped by supply and demand rules (and pricing) in obtaining an i8!
BMW has said that there is an 18 month waiting list for the i8 in some markets and the company is considering upping … CONTINUED
You’ve seen the launch comparison, now watch as Steve Sutcliffe of Autocar takes the M4 versus the i8 around the track.
Intelligent, proactive charging to reduce overall running costs of electric vehicles.
The BMW Group is a leading innovator in the field of electric mobility and battery charging technology. Jointly with Californian energy provider Pacific Gas and Electric Utility Service (PG&E), BMW i will launch an 18-month pilot project under the name BMW i ChargeForward, starting in July 2015. The project will research and develop a system for smart charging of electric vehicles. Starting in January 2015, BMW i3 owners from the Greater San Francisco area … CONTINUED
Powered by high-voltage EV batteries, the first premium all-electric vehicle – the BMW i3 – and the BMW i8 plug-in hybrid sports car can be driven with zero tailpipe emissions. As a fast and simple solution for battery charging via a hardwired connection, BMW i offers the Wallbox. At CES, BMW will present an alternative solution: in a BMW i8 it will demonstrate a research application for inductive – i.e. wireless – battery charging.
Contact-free power transfer between coils.
Inductive charging provides reliable, wear-free and … CONTINUED
Not only is the BMW i3 the first ever premium electric car, but thanks to its standard built-in SIM card it also stands out for its unprecedented level of connectivity. Even today, the BMW i Remote app allows various functions of the BMW i3 to be remote controlled using either a smartphone or a smartwatch. These devices allow the intermodal route guidance started in the BMW i3 to be continued once the driver has left the vehicle. This form of navigation is perfectly tailored … CONTINUED
Engineers from Munro & Associates show some of the innovations in the BMW i3.
Watch the BMW i8 drag race against the F82 M4 (manual transmission).
Overview of the most important accolades awarded to BMW in 2014:
Accolades bestowed by the World Car Awards:
World Green Car of the Year for the BMW i3
World Car Design of the Year for the BMW i3
Engine of the Year for the BMW 3-litre straight six-cylinder petrol engine
Accolades awarded by Euro NCAP:
“Euro NCAP Advanced Award”:
Pedestrian Warning with City Braking function
Driver assistance systems from BMW ConnectedDrive
Accolades awarded by “auto, motor und sport”:
BMW i3, BMW 4 Series Coupe, BMW 5 Series in each of their respective segments
“Paul … CONTINUED
In its original configuration, the i3 had goal set for a charge rate over 7.0 kW. Unfortunately, owners reported problems with the KLE (onboard charger) with ultimate charger failure. To rectify the situation, BMW issued a software update to limit the charging rate to 4-5.5kW.
Now, BMW has issued a service action (referenced above) to replace the onboard chargers which will bring the charging rate back up to the original intended rate of ~7 kW.
If you own an i3, now might be a good … CONTINUED
This is the story of Dirk Schulz, the first BMW i8 customer. He optioned the car when he saw the concept vehicle back in 2010. At that time he did not know the price or any technical data or even if the car will be produced.
Photo session with Schullz51′s Austin Yellow F80 M3 and DoctaM3′s brand new i8 in Pittsburgh.
The Punta del Este ePrix in Uruguay marked the third round of the trend-setting race series for Formula vehicles with electric drive. BMW is the “Official Vehicle Partner” of the innovative championship and was in action once again in Uruguay, ensuring safety on the track with the BMW i8 Safety Car and the BMW i3 Medical Car. Also, BMW DTM driver António Félix da Costa made another appearance for Team Amlin Aguri. However, a technical problem forced him to retire before the end of … CONTINUED
Experience the holiday spirit through the eyes of a child.
Rinspeed always seems to impress. Their MO: Take a seemingly already forward looking car and take it to the next level as a concept. But their goal isn’t to just make the car look different, they usually try to go a step further and introduce new ideas to the motoring world or give their take on cutting edge ideas.
In this case of their upcoming Budii concept, they are tackling the idea of Autonomous drive, ie. self driving cars. And really, I can’t think of … CONTINUED