BMW i3 and i8 anticipate the beginning of a new world of mobility

The two electric concept BMW i3 and i8 with carbon fiber module will be on the market since 2013.


The two BMW prototypes, one electric and one plug-in hybrid, are not a great innovation in terms of energy propellers, but will be the first of a new car line of BMW named with the letter “i”. The two concept cars, designed with all components from the most innovative German brand, will make their official debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September, and then be ready for sale from 2013.

The BMW i8 is a Blend of Sports and Plug-In Hybrid.

One of the features that differentiate the prototypes BMW i8 and i3 from other electric and hybrid in the market is the new structure, which replaces the traditional chassis. The German carmaker has developed a new type of lightweight and flexible architecture for both BMW i3 and i8, called “LifeDrive” (see video below) that will be used on all new models  “i”. Technically, the new architecture consists of two independent units assembled together: the aluminum reinforced “Drive” module, which contain the batteries, motors and mechanical parts, while the second module is called “Life” and is the most innovative because it a unique piece made of carbon fiber that replaces the old cabin. The two assembled units become a very hard component with a weight comparable to the traditional BMW cars.

BMW i3, Born For The City.

The i3 is the first car  of the i-Series BMW to come to market in 2013. The 5-door city car is powered by an electric motor positioned at the rear, which generates 125 kW, about 170 hp, while the total weight is 1,250 kg, including batteries. BMW i3, only 3.85 meters long, can start from 0 to 100 km/h in less than 8 seconds, and should have a range of 130-160 km. Customers can apply for the optional thermal engine, which has still  a small displacement but enough to increase substantially the range of the small BMW i3.

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