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WORLD LAUNCH: 2017 BMW i3 with higher-density battery

Today BMW announced that BMW i will offer a new model range of its compact electric car, the BMW i3 and from the 2017 design year will be offering a new version with more than 50 % increased battery capacity. The 2017 BMW i3 (94 Ah) has a capability of 33 kilowatt hours (kWh) thanks to the greater energy density of the lithium ion cells. The BMW i group worked to make sure that the battery measurements stay unchanged while still providing a considerable variety boost. Even in daily conditions 2, the brand-new Battery Electric BMW i3, in varying weather and with the cooling or heating turned on, a variety of up to 114 miles combined1 (hwy/city) is possible as revealed by independent BMW testing cycles3. The driving performance figures of the 170 hp Air Conditioning concurrent electrical motor stay practically unchanged. The motor propels the BMW i3 from 0 to 60 miles per hour in just over 7 seconds. This makes the BMW i3 both the sportiest and most effective electrical vehicle in its section with an expected EPA electricity usage of 27 kWh/100mi. In addition to the Battery Electric BMW i3, the Variety Extender design will also feature the 94 Ah battery. When equipped with the Range Extender, if the driver needs added variety, the 2-cylinder gas engine is turned on when the battery is depleted to 6.5 % state of charge and keeps the charge level of the battery constant while driving and supplies an additional range thanks to a 25 % larger fuel tank (2.4 gallons). With the intro of the BMW i3 (94 Ah), BMW i now likewise offers a brand-new BMW House Charger Connect, a property charging station designed for comfortable and fast house charging featuring added linked functions. Prices for the 2017 BMW i3 (94 Ah) will be released closer to market launch.

Greater storage density of the battery cells.
The BMW i3 (94 Ah) sets a new standard in its sector with 94 ampere hours (Ah) cell capability, 33 kWh total battery energy, and an electrical range of approximately 114 miles combined1 (hwy/city) on one full battery charge. Consuming only 27 kWh/100mi the BMW i3 is the most efficient vehicle in its sector with the least expensive electricity usage expenses of roughly 2.81 USD/100mi4.

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Rinspeed BMW i3 Called Budii to debut at 2015 Geneva Auto Show

Frank Rinderknecht and his team at Rinspeed will reveal the Budii concept at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show.

The Budii is based upon the BMW i3 and comes with a self-driving function. If the occupants of the autonomously driving electrical vehicle seem like having some enjoyable at the wheel on a twisty country road or off roadway, a robotic arm will certainly hand the steering wheel to the motorist of front traveler as desired, therefore transferring command.

The sensitive 7-axis system will certainly make limitless adjustment choices possible: for instance, during automated driving in the daily commute it parks the steering wheel in the center with minimum space requirements or it works as a table or mindful personal valet. This is made possible by the distinct and multi-redundant “steer-by-wire” innovation from Paravan.

According to Frank M. Rinderknecht, autonomous driving will unquestionably offer the opportunity to make traffic more people-friendly and lower the variety of traffic mishaps worldwide. “However even the best innovation will not be best, albeit less vulnerable to error than people. That is something we will certainly have to accept,” states the employer of the Swiss powerhouse of automotive ideas Rinspeed. “We ought to not develop a blind, however rather a healthy rely on the brand-new capabilities of the hardware and software.”

Inside, Budii features a brand-new operating and display screen system with a host of innovative home entertainment, security and service functions, and is based upon the next-generation scalable platform from Harman. The innovations incorporate all functions of the RoboCar and quasi bring “Budii” to life.

The system independently recognizes the routines and preferences of the driver, and as a result minimizes the required operating steps to a minimum. Therefore, the automobile becomes a learning and proactive friend. The Harman audio division provides the premium stereo of the Harman Kardon brand name, letting “Budii” indulge its travelers with music in best HD quality.

The HMI design was developed by Luxoft Consulting Germany, the lightweight-construction aluminum frame for the central display screen by Georg Fischer Automotive. NXP with its intelligent networking innovations provides the safe connection of the vehicle and its owners to the outdoors world. This includes radar and ‘Vehicle-to-X’ options along with automatic payment for parking by means of NFC, mobile phone charging by means of wireless power charging, clever access solutions, and a keyless entry remote for opening, starting and customizing the car. In addition, solid state lighting items supply the correct LED lighting on the vehicle.

The electrically powered eye-catcher based upon the BMW “i3” was crafted by Swiss business 4erC. The technical application was in the hands of Esoro, which also put “Budii” on stylish 19-inch 8-twin-spoke alloys from Borbet. The technical goodies include an air suspension with a ride-height modification range of 100 mm, which will certainly ensure that fun gets away from daily regimen will certainly remain to be possible in the future.

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BMW i8 in Neon Green

BMW Abu Dhabi dealership has a fascinating i8 in display screen. The hybrid sportscar gets a green wrap to provide the car a much more exotic appearance.

Apart from the green color, the BMW i8 also carries the Black Belt which is showcased on all production vehicles no matter the chosen paint.

The i8 stays an unusual automobile on the road, yet alone one with a fancy paint job. As more i8s get provided to consumers and tuning shops, we anticipate to see other interesting paint jobs.

BMW U.S.A has simply revealed that production for the i8 will certainly enhance in 2015, with more than 1000 systems being prepared for the American market.

BMW i8 makes use of a plug-in hybrid system consisting of a turbocharged three-cylinder BMW TwinPower Turbo petroleum engine and BMW eDrive innovation in the form of an electric drive system.

The 1.5-liter combustion engine develops 170 kW/231 hp and drives the rear wheels of the BMW i8, while the 96 kW/131 hp electrical drive sends its power to the front wheels and allows an all-electric variety of approximately 35 kilometers (22 miles) and a top speed of 120 km/h (75 miles per hour).

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BMW Starts Changing i3 KLE Onboard Charger To Achieve A 7.4 kW Charging Rate

When the BMW i3 introduced in the UNITED STATE., BMW promised a Level 2 charging rate of over 7.0 kW, 7.4 kW to be exact. The onboard charger, likewise known as KLE, is the restricting aspect in the charging of the i3. The KLE had its far share of problems, with some owners reporting that their KLE has actually been damaged and needed replacing.

The preliminary step was for BMW to decrease the charging rate, through a software application update, to in between 4 and 5.5 kW. The direct effect was a longer charging time.

Some i3 owners squeezed through the holes, handling to stay clear of the update as long as possible. Several of those owners later experienced onboard charger failure.

When the car is locked the adapter will certainly not release, even when charging is completed

In a discussion with Jacob Harb, former head of BMW i USA, we discovered that the KLE replacement was set up in the near future, with more news coming prior to the 2015 Detroit Automobile Show. Several dealerships are reporting that BMW has provided a service project to change the onboard chargers in affected automobiles. This, along with a software update, ought to restore the i3 ′ s charging rate back to 7.0 kW or higher.

Onboard chargers will be replaced totally free of charge. A software application update will be had to restore maximum Level 2 charging.

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BMW i3 Interesting Videos

BMW releases a new series of videos that highlight some of the main functions of the BMW i3 while providing some guidance on on how to run the electric automobile.

Showcasing a professional BMW Brilliant, the video series concentrates on charging your BMW i3 (L1 vs L2 vs DC Fast Charging), effective battery use, instrument cluster, owner’s manual and interior and exterior storage.

While the majority of the i3 owners are probably familiar with these functions, the educational videos are a terrific introduction to the i3 for prospective owners who still have a lot of concerns prior to the purchase.

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BMW 2 Series Hybrid to power rear-wheels via electric motor

The hybrid variation of the new 2 series will debut in 2015.

As expected, they likewise verified that the 2 Series Active Tourer eDrive will be an a four-wheel drive vehicle. Power to the rear wheels will certainly be sent through an electrical motor establishing 102 horse power and 184 lb-ft of torque. According to sources, this application offers unique traction and weight circulation benefits, along with four-wheel torque vectoring.

At the front, the BMW 2 Series Active Hybrid Tourer will run a three-cylinder fuel engine – – most likely the new B38 variant with 136 hp.

BMW at first estimated 113mpg and 60g/km CO2 emissions, although these numbers may alter for the manufacturing automobile.

0 to 62 mph (100 km/h) is anticipated to come in under 8 seconds.

A lithium ion battery packs provides a zero-emissions EV range of up to 20 miles.

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BMW i3 Wins Green Vehicle of the Year

BMW i3 wins Green Automobile of the Year Award 2015. Numerous awards highlight the success of the BMW i3 in its first year on the marketplace.

November 21, 2014

Munich. With the Green Car of the Year Award 2015, the BMW i3 has included a more prize to an outstanding raft of honours in its very first year on the marketplace. It was chosen for this award, provided by Eco-friendly Vehicle Journal at the L.a Auto Show 2014, as the first devoted all-electric car in the premium section. This newest honour, which includes to a long tally of awards the BMW i3 has actually picked up over the previous months, is a further recommendation of this model s unique sustainable movement concept. More than 12,000 BMW i3s have already been sold considering that November 2013. The presence of a growing number of of these automobiles on the roadways of cities all over the world is clear evidence that it is now possible to successfully mate zero tailpipe emissions with premium-class driving enjoyment, and that this groundbreaking combination is here to stay. One year after its launch, the BMW i3 is currently the third best-selling all-electric vehicle on the market.

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BMW i8 First review

Autocar magazine had one of the first reviews on the super technical electric sports car under development by BMW, the electric prototype i8. The video review takes place on the frozen roads of Sweden where most cars are usually tested in rough conditions. The BMW i8 model development is all about a new breed of sports car that will take BMW into the future. Is all about fuel economy, low emissions and at the same time great street performance, by using very lightweight chassis and a hybrid powertrain composed of an electric engine and a three cylinders conventional termic engine. The All wheel drive electric system helps the i8 to face no problem on the icy roads.

BMW i8 First Review

From inside, the i8 possesses all the hallmarks of a proper sportscar. You sit low, below the level of the carbonfibre sill, with your legs well out in front. The seats are tight, hugging, hard shell affairs. The deep but low dashboard is very prominent. However, it is the instrument binnacle – whose mesmerising graphics alter depending on the driving mode chosen, going from a calm hue of blue in eco-pro and comfort to a racier orange hue in sport mode – that initially steals my attention as we set off down a slip road and out on to BMW’s test track.

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