BMW of North America announced its support of NYC Parks for its TreesCount! 2015 program with a donation of 20 BMW i3 vehicles. With these BMW i3 vehicles, TreesCount! staff and volunteers can easily travel throughout the five boroughs to map more than 600,000 street trees, helping to ensure a greener future for the City of New York, its residents and visitors.
BMW deepened its commitment to sustainability with the 2014 launches of the all-electric BMW i3 and BMW i8, a plug-in hybrid sports car. … CONTINUED
A report from Automotive News indicates that the next BMW i model won’t be introduced until after 2020.
Exactly what model that will turn out to be is still being decided. “We are still in the strategic research phase where we brainstorm,” BMW Group R&D chief Klaus Froehlich told Automotive News. “Teams that start with a white sheet of paper. They talk with customers, hold workshops, then present their ideas and we decide.”
Whatever it turns out to be, it won’t be a re-packaged existing model. … CONTINUED
Earlier yesterday, Apple has reintroduced to the public the Apple Watch. Going on sale on April 24. During the event, Apple placed an emphasis on the apps for the Apple Watch which aim to both improve our life quality and drive sales to the company. BMW was also briefly featured during the event with the BMW i Remote App. The popular app for the new BMW i3 and i8 is available today on the iPhone, but it will soon transition to the Apple … CONTINUED
BMW has gone on the record in denying a report from Auto Motor und Sport that BMW is developing a car for Apple. AMS claimed that Apple and BMW were in talks regarding the possibility of developing an electric car based on the BMW i3, in connection with recent rumors that Apple has plans to bring its own car to market by 2020.
Reuters has since reported, however, that BMW denied this:
German carmaker BMW said on Thursday its talks with technology giant Apple did not … CONTINUED
Video featuring RINSPEED BUDII 2015 – based on BMW i3. Yea, we don’t get the car nor video either.
Today, BMW officially premiered the new, 60-second spot for the all-electric BMW i3 that will air during the first quarter of NBC’s broadcast of Super Bowl XLIX on Sunday, February 1, 2015. After a 4-year hiatus, BMW will be returning to the big game with “Newfangled Idea,” featuring Katie Couric and Bryant Gumbel. The spot juxtaposes the famous 1994 Today Show clip of Katie Couric and Bryant Gumbel’s initial confusion surrounding “what is the internet?”, to Katie and Bryant in 2015 grasping the newfangled … CONTINUED
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.
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
Engineers from Munro & Associates show some of the innovations in the BMW i3.
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
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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
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
With the Green Car of the Year Award 2015, the BMW i3 has added a further trophy to an impressive raft of honours in its first year on the market. It was chosen for this award, presented by Green Car Journal at the Los Angeles Auto Show 2014, as the first dedicated all-electric vehicle in the premium segment. This latest honour, which adds to a long tally of awards the BMW i3 has picked up over the past months, is a further endorsement of … CONTINUED
The BMW i3 gets a custom set of wheels from PUR, which may enhance the styling of the full electric car, but of course potentially at the expense of reduced range.
With the BMW i Wallbox Pro – the second home charging station in the BMW i 360º ELECTRIC portfolio for electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles – zero-emission electric mobility is set to become an even more attractive option. The BMW i Wallbox Pro offers a faster charging rate than the BMW i Wallbox Pure and even more user-friendly operation, as well as innovative options for vehicle charging with home-generated electricity and smart home integration. The BMW i Wallbox Pro is available as an Original … CONTINUED