BMW showcases its visions of future mobility in the shape of the BMW i3 Concept and BMW i8 Concept, providing a glimpse of the first electrically powered production cars from the new BMW i sub-brand, due to be launched as the BMW i3 in 2013 and the BMW i8 in 2014.
BMW i3 – The Urban Car
With its zero-emission electric drive and a range of around 150 kilometres, the BMW i3 Concept has been specifically developed for use in an urban environment, its dynamic 125 kW electric motor and rear-wheel drive ensuring BMW-style dynamic handling. Using its innovative LifeDrive architecture, featuring a carbon passenger cell, the BMW i3 Concept combines a low weight of 1,250 kilograms with optimal interior space and high crash safety levels. With four seats and a 200-litre luggage compartment, this vehicle is fully suited for everyday use. The BMW i3 does the 0 to 100km/h sprint in less than eight seconds, while a high-speed charger achieves an 80% battery charge in just an hour. Thanks to the emission-free drivetrain and a value added chain designed to be sustainable all along the line, life cycle emission figures for the BMW i3 are at least a third lower than for a highly efficient combustion-engine car. If the BMW i3 is run on electricity from renewable sources, the figures improve by well over 50%.
BMW i8 – The Sports Car
The BMW i8 Concept goes from 0 to 100 km/h in less than five seconds and boasts fuel consumption of less than three litres per 100 km. Its plug-in hybrid drive with a system output of 260 kW allows a range of up to 35 kilometres in electric mode. For more dynamic driving or out-of-town routes, a high-performance three-cylinder petrol engine also comes into play. The sports car has an electronically governed top speed of 250 km/h and space for up to four occupants.
Both the BMW i3 and the BMW i8 will be built at BMW’s Leipzig plant in Germany. 400 million Euros are earmarked for investment in new buildings and facilities by 2013, while 800 new jobs are to be created. Vehicle production will be CO2 neutral and will draw on renewable resources.