Good video showing the technologies and engineering used to reduce weight and increase efficiency of the BMW i8. Look for these ideas and processes to flow down to traditional powered models in the coming years.
With the all-electric BMW i3 already on the market and the BMW i8 plug-in hybrid sports car poised for its own launch, the BMW Group portfolio boasts the world’s first premium automobiles purpose-designed for zero-emission mobility.
The international media launch of the BMW i8 in Los Angeles will include the presentation of a solar carport concept developed by BMW Group DesignworksUSA for the use of renewable energy. It combines high-grade technology for generating electricity from solar power with an innovative design that perfectly complements the … CONTINUED
On May 2nd, BMW delivered the first all-electric BMW i3 in the U.S. to Boston resident and Tufts University professor of practice Charles Rabie at the BMW of Boston dealership. Hundreds of BMW i3 vehicles are currently at U.S. facilities and ready to be delivered to customers nationwide, ushering in a new era of electromobility.
Rabie is an electric vehicle advocate and has been driving the BMW ActiveE since 2012. Also among this first group set to receive a BMW i3 is Los Angeles-based former … CONTINUED
The Car of the Year Awards have just been announced at the 2014 NYIAS and the BMW i3 has won both the World Car Design of the Year and the World Green Car of the Year awards!
The i3 beat out the following cars for World Car Design of the Year: Cadillac CTS, Citroen C4 Picasso, Mazda3, Lexus IS, Mercedes-Benz C-Class and Volkswagen XL1
And it bested the following cars for World Green Car of the Year: Audi A3 Sportback e-tron , BMW i3, Honda Accord … CONTINUED
Bayerische Motoren Werke AG (BMW), the world’s largest maker of luxury vehicles, has increased production of the i3 electric city car 43 percent to meet demand that has exceeded the carmaker’s initial expectations.
The premium manufacturer in recent weeks has raised daily output to 100 vehicles from 70 previously at the factory in Leipzig, Germany, where the model is assembled, Harald Krueger, BMW production chief, said in an emailed statement to Bloomberg.
BMW has already built more than 5,000 i3s since the start of the year, … CONTINUED
Photo gallery of the BMW i8 and i3 at the 2014 Vancouver International Autoshow.
At a press conference at the Geneva International Motor Show, the top three finalists for the World Car of the Year, World Luxury Car, World Performance Car, World Green Car and World Car Design of the Year awards were announced yesterday.
The overall winners in all categories will be declared at the New York International Auto Show on Thursday, April 17, 2014.
World Car of the Year
From an initial entry list of twenty-four new vehicles from all over the world, then a short list of … CONTINUED
Registration has opened for BMW i3 test drives throughout the U.S. Follow this link to register.
Many BIMMERPOST members change their wheels for cosmetic reasons, but also to reduce unsprung weight. If BMW has its way, we could soon be seeing a massive reduction in BMW wheel weights by way of carbon fiber wheels. The i8 has already been announced with a CFRP wheel option, which saves 3kg / 6.6lbs per wheel, but Autoexpress appears to be reporting on CFRP wheels for standard non-i models.
According to BMW’s lightweight construction manager, Franz Storkenmaier, “we save 25 percent in weight compared to … CONTINUED
BMW, along with Tesla, is doing what looked impossible a few years ago. Electric cars are finally becoming desirable. Maybe it took the power of a couple of premium brands to help them on the way. Or maybe it’s the radical looks and carbonfibre structure of the BMW i3? Either way, EVs are here to stay. And if the BMW i3 is anything to go by, they’re here to be enjoyed, rather than endured.
Congrats to member Touring for being our very first BMW i3 owner!
BMW of North America, the Official Mobility Partner of the United States Olympic Committee (USOC), will tune into the Opening Ceremony of the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games tonight at 7:30pm ET on NBC, which is expected to be one of the most-watched television events of 2014. During NBC
XCAR reviews the BMW i3 electric city car.
BMW starts 2014 with four awards from the automobile magazine “auto motor und sport”. The BMW i3 (combined fuel consumption: 0.6-0.0 l/100 km, combined CO2 emissions: 13–0 g/km), BMW 4 Series Coupé (combined fuel consumption: 8.4-4.6 l/100 km, combined CO2 emissions: 197-121 g/km), and BMW 5 Series (combined fuel consumption: 9.6-4.5 l/100 km, combined CO2 emissions: 224–119 g/km) were the winners in their respective categories. The BMW i3 was also recognised by the editors-in-chief of “auto motor und sport” as well as more than … CONTINUED
The U.S. configurator for the 2014 BMW i3 is now officially launched.
What Car? has released its Car of the Year 2014 awards and two BMWs have been named winners – the BMW i3 and 435i Coupe.
The BMW i3 beat out the Renault Zoe and Tesla Model S in What Car?’s Green Cars category.
BMW i3 review by Autoguide. The base i3 starts at $41,350 while the i3 REX (with Range Extender) starts from $45,200 (before the $7500 federal incentive).
i3 deliveries have already begun in Europe, while U.S. sales will begin in March.
See other i3 reviews, news and features @ http://www.bimmerpost.com/i3.
The U.S. price guide for the 2014 BMW i3 has been released and we’ve attached it for your reference (available in PDF).
The base i3 starts at $41,350 while the i3 REX (with Range Extender) starts from $45,200. The i3 will arrive in US showrooms in the second quarter of 2014.