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BMW readies i brand

BMW is set to officially unveil two new vehicles that will eventually be sold under the company’s EV i brand name.

The first, the BMW i3 Concept – previously known as BMW’s Megacity Vehicle, is the German OEM’s first series-produced all-electric car that focuses on mobility challenges in urban areas. The second i vehicle, called the BMW i8 Concept, is a sports car featuring an innovative plug-in hybrid solution that brings together a combustion engine and an electric drive system. Both vehicles will take center stage at this year’s Frankfurt Motor Show, which takes place next month.

The i3 Concept is driven purely by electric power and is purpose-built to meet the demands of sustainable and emissions-free mobility. Innovative use of materials and an intelligent lightweight design means that the i3 not only travels long distances on a single charge, it also provides high-levels of safety in the event of a collision. The electric motor over the rear axle generates output of 170hp and torque of 250Nm from standstill. Such power means the BMW i3 Concept accelerates from 0 to 60km/h (37mph) in under four seconds and from rest to 100km/h (62mph) in less than eight seconds.

The BMW i8 Concept features an innovative plug-in hybrid setup that combines a modified electric drive system from the BMW i3 - fitted over its front axle - with a high-performance three-cylinder combustion engine producing 220hp and 300Nm at the rear. Acceleration of 0 to 100km/h (62mph) in under five seconds combined with fuel consumption of around 94mpg are being mooted for the i8. Thanks to its large lithium-ion battery, which can be charged from a domestic power supply, the BMW i8 Concept can travel up to 35 kilometers on electric power alone.

3 August 2011


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