Ulrich Kranz is heading up the project that will start off the i3 Electric Hatchback. It is already well underway with the i3 and i8 in current pre-production, and they are both undergoing on-the-road trial testing. They are undergoing tests in Miramas, which is BMW’s own area around Marseilles and around the Arctic Circle too. The first spy photographs were kind of disappointing. There was a lot of camouflage on the cars. However, even all this foil and patterned debris can’t hide how beautiful the stunning proportions are going to be, and they can’t hide how big and thin the wheels are going to be, and they can’t disguise how outward the aerodynamics are going to be.
The BMW I project is threatening to become the biggest move to remake the automobile since its first invention. People are super-excited to see what they’re going to do with it. It could be the most important event in recent years about the automobile. The reasons are not only because of design and engineering, but because of how big the project can potentially be in terms of its scale. There might be 100,000 cars or more produced a year, and all the technical talent surrounding carbon fiber, battery technology, and hot electronics is going to give the car a great advantage.
The BMW i3 is just one of many cars, and it will be paired with the i1, i5, and i8. The green car market is getting ready for a major change. People are unsure what to expect out of this car range, but some we can be sure about include the four-door hatchbachk model, 2-seater coupe, five-seater wagon, and 2-seater car. The relationships between the cars is said to be based on the architecture of the Polo, Golf, and Touran.
We Want To Know A Lot More About The BMW i1 and i5
Ok, let’s get started on the rundown between the two cars.
I1 was initially supposed to be just a miniature two-seater car that was targeted directly at the Fortwo. It changed into a three-seater car, though. Since Smart has created a Forfour with rear doors, BMW is seen to be going back to a more traditional layout that is 2+2.
I5 is basically a lengthened version of the i3 with a higher roof and a lengthier rear to add some more cargo capacity in there. The Toyota Prius will be its main competition.
Let’s focus on the BMW i3 now. Get a closer look at the electric car in greater detail.
The i3 is going to have to go toe-to-toe with the cheaper Audi A2 that is going to come out in 2014. Central to all BMW i-style vehciles are the Life and Drive elements, and these speak to the carbon fiber body and chassis that are constructed of pure basic aluminum. These three models have engines in the rear. This sounds really hard to construct, but the engineers are suggesting this creates a perfect 50:50 weight evening out. Other things to look for include good traction, grip, turning circle, crash testing, and center of gravity.
The handling qualities built into the car are just failsafe. At the same time, they are fun to play with.
All three models will come in both BEV and PHEV form. The BEV will have a 170 bhp electric motor which will take the car from 0-60 in about 8 seconds. The top speed only goes to about 100 mph, and i1 is the fastest car right off the mark.
Customers that don’t think 100 miles is enough to go between charge-ups can get a custom range extender. You can get about 50 extra miles on it. It will charge the battery, but it won’t drive the wheels for you. All the BMW facilities will use regenerative electric power.
Every single I model of BMW will come with a driver assistance program, brake control, parking assistance, congestion assistance, range assistance, precondition assistance, and navigation assistance.