BMW is re-Born Electric – BMW i
The smaller model the BMW i3 is an electric vehicle designed for urban environments. The 2+2 uses carriage doors to maximize access to the rear seats. Formerly called the Megacity Vehicle, the EV is powered by a 125 kW electric motor that offers drivers an 80-mile range. The BMW i3 uses renewable materials throughout the vehicle ans Parts of the i3’s instrument panel and door panels are made from natural fibers. The 2+2’s seats are clothed in naturally tanned leather and rear seats fold flat to reveal more cargo capacity.
The BMW i3 has a 0-60 mph of less than 8 seconds, which is on par with other electric cars on the market, and its high-speed charger achieves an 80 percent battery charge in just 1 hour. To achieve high efficiency, the i3 uses BMW’s LifeDrive architecture, which features a carbon passenger cell, to keep the vehicle weight down to a low 2,755 pounds.
The BMW i8 sports coupe is a plug-in hybrid performance car based on the Vision Efficient Dynamics concept revealed at the 2009 International Motor Show in Frankfurt. Its battery can be fully recharged using a standard power socket in 2 hours.
The BMW i8 using only the battery power and the electric motor, the 2+2 can travel about 20 miles on electric power alone before switching on its high-performance 3-liter engine. The gull-winged sports car has a 0-60 mph of less than 5 seconds, and is electronically limited to a top speed of 134 mph. Lines along the flanks are meant to give the i8 the impression of forward motion, even when it is at a standstill. The i8’s freestanding information display shows relevant driving data in three-dimensional and high-resolution formats.