Interview with the designer of the BMW i3, Richard Kim.
The i3 began life as the Megacity electric project car, but the concept evolved into a purely electric runabout that would be configurable, when it went on sale in 2013, with a gasoline-burning, 3-cylinder range extender.
Without an engine up front — the range extender is in the rear — the hood area could become smaller and the vehicle higher as a wide battery pack on the floor became the key element determining the vehicle’s shape. Computer-generated sketches of the innards of the i3 shown on Wednesday, depicting the passenger module sitting atop the drive module, suggested a stagecoach without horses.
Mr. Kim and his colleagues were charged with making this tall and somewhat gawky form into something that … CONTINUED
As scenes from the latest installment of the Mission Impossible film series played on an 18-foot-tall, 39-foot-wide silk screen, the screen itself was whisked away to unveil the first concept vehicles of the new visionary and sustainable brand, BMW i – the fully electric BMW i3 Concept and the hybrid-electric BMW i8 Concept – from which Paula Patton, star of Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol and BMW President Ludwig Willisch emerged, officially unveiling the vehicles for the first time in North America at the 2011 Los Angeles Auto Show. The BMW i3 and i8 Concept vehicles represent the first purpose-built electric and electric-hybrid vehicles to be made primarily of carbon fiber when they become available in 2013 and 2014, respectively.
The BMW i8 Concept, which is the successor … CONTINUED
The BMW i8 and i3 vehicles were shown for the first time in New York at a private press event. The i8 will be a hybrid electric sports car and the i3 will be BMW’s entry into the city EV (electric vehicle) segment. Both strive to offer not just efficiency but performance to boot.
The BMW i8 concept and i3 concept vehicles join the long list of BMWs making their public debuts at the Frankfurt IAA. The i8 electric hybrid sports car will launch in 2014 and the i3 electric vehicle launches earlier, in 2013.
P.S., if you look closely, you’ll see that this particular i8 concept vehicle has some early form of the recently announced laser headlight technology.
Cars.com recently caught the BMW i8 and i3 concept cars on the streets of Chicago, in the first real life public street pics spotting of BMW’s recently revealed EV and hybrid-electric concept cars.
The BMW i3 and i8 concepts have been revealed online, but BMW i is not done. According to Scott26, the BMW i4 and BMW i5 are the next models to come out from BMW i.
The BMW i4 will be based on i3 technology, but fit into a small two seater sports car (think smaller and more affordable i8). The BMW i5 will be a mid-sized four door coupe/sedan, using the power train from the BMW i8. Concept versions will come sometime after the 2013 launch of the i3 and 2014 launch of the i8, but actual production is not expected until closer to the end of the decade.
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 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.