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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

Official BMW New Vehicle Press Release
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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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

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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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Do you have any questions (i.e. what makes this electric car unique? Is it right for me? How does it charge? How fast can it go?) about the ActiveE you would like answered? Submit your questions by replying to this thread so that it can be answered live by the ActiveE experts on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/BMWUSA) during the next BMW Conversations: BMW ActiveE tomorrow, Wednesday at 5:30 PM EST/2:30 PM PST.

Submit your questions directly in this thread, which BMW will be monitoring.

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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

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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

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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

BMW i3 Rendered by Car and Driver

04/07/2011 at 7:59 AM
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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