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This visionary vehicle will be BMW Group's first Series-produced all-electric car. See how the BMW i3 Concept is born electric.
Meet the BMW i3 Concept Coupe.
This groundbreaking plug-in hybrid vehicle combines an electric motor with an internal combustion engine for the best of both worlds. See how the BMW i8 Concept is born electric.
Meet the open-top BMW i8 Concept.
We started with four wheels. Beyond that, everything about the build of the BMW i3 Concept is different than a typical car. Form follows function—from scratch—to lay the 100% electric foundation.
The BMW i3 Concept is engineered to take you further. The combination of a lithium-ion battery and an electric motor provides The Ultimate Driving Experience®. Developing impressive torque from a standstill, the BMW i3 Concept uses its 170 hp and 184 lb-ft torque to accomplish 0 to 60 mph in under 8 seconds.* [* Specifications shown for Concept Vehicles]
The battery can be fully charged in approximately 3 hours with a level 2 wallbox at 32 amps.
While more than 90% of drivers average less than 100 miles per day — with most averaging just 30 miles per day* — an optional BEV+ (range extender) will be available for the i3 to approximately double the electric range. The BEV+ option is a small, smooth-running and quiet internal combustion engine. It generates electricity to maintain the battery charge level to make sure the vehicle can continue to run on electric power alone.
*Source: The U.S. Department of Transportation, Federal Highway Administration
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Agile as a lightweight, strong as a heavyweight. That's what makes the aluminum Drive Module such an ideal and sustainable foundation for the BMW i3 Concept.
The Drive Module combines the battery and drive system, plus a range of structural safety devices into a lightweight, high-strength compartment. Its small turning radius and direct steering response result in exceptional handling, making every ride a dynamic and nimble one.
A revolution starts with revolutionary thinking. And when developing a born-electric vehicle, BMW Group engineers did just that by rethinking the vehicle architecture. The result: the LifeDrive concept, consisting of two horizontally separate, independent modules.
The Drive Module is an aluminum chassis that forms a solid foundation and protects the battery. The lithium-ion battery cells are stored underneath the floor of the car, at the center of the Drive Module. This gives the vehicle optimum weight distribution and a low center of gravity.
The Life Module is a high-strength and lightweight passenger compartment made from carbon fiber reinforced plastic (CFRP). This, along with the use of aluminum, offsets the additional weight of the batteries of an electric car. And by reducing the weight, the number of batteries can also be reduced, which reduces the average battery charging time.
When you're born to change the way people drive, you've got to be lightweight, agile and strong. The BMW i3 Concept uses carbon fiber reinforced plastic (CFRP) as the foundation for its LifeDrive architecture. CFRP is as strong as steel, but about half the weight.
The use of this high-tech material for the BMW i3 Concept is unprecedented in mass vehicle production. The process begins with carbon fiber threads manufactured in the ultra-modern plant in Moses Lake, Washington. This plant is completely powered by renewable, hydroelectric power — helping to stay true to BMW i's focus on sustainability.
It may look futuristic, but it could be parked in your driveway before you know it.
The BMW i3 Concept's dynamic design and innovative shape make the car feel as if it's always moving forward. The coach doors give access to the large, open space of the interior. And extensive glass surfaces give the vehicle a feeling of lightness, drawing attention to its low weight through the exposed carbon fiber structures.
As a whole, the interior of the BMW i3 Concept is characterized by the visible use of natural resources, emphasizing BMW i's commitment to sustainability and engineering of premium, purpose-built electric vehicles.
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We're at the very forefront of the future of mobility, in need of a vehicle to take us even further. One that's all-electric, yet exhilarating. Light, yet powerful. Zero emissions. Zero guilt. The BMW i3 Concept will change the way you think about driving. This is tomorrow, today. This is intelligent mobility.
The BMW i3 will be available in late 2013.
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When we set out to engineer the most exhilarating yet efficient plug-in hybrid, we had to start from the ground up. How else could we redefine the sports car?
The BMW i8 Concept is electric at heart. It uses a modified electric drive system from the BMW i3 Concept — fitted over its front axle — but carries fewer battery cells. These are stored inside the energy tunnel, a structure similar to a central transmission tunnel. The lithium-ion battery can be charged in approximately 3.5 hours with standard 120 volts at 12 amps. This allows the BMW i8 Concept to travel approximately 20 miles on electric power alone.
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When a car looks this fast, it better live up to its appearance. The BMW i8 Concept does just that, with help from its powerful, yet sustainable turbocharged combustion engine situated at the rear axle. This 3-cylinder engine produces 223 hp with up to 221 lb-ft of torque.*
[*specifications shown for concept vehicles]
Developed entirely in-house by the BMW Group, the 1.5-liter,3-cylinder engine represents the state-of-the-art conventional engine design. The BMW i8 Concept accelerates from 0 to 62 mph in under 5 seconds and gets 87 mpg, making it as efficient as it is dynamic.
At the base of the LifeDrive module lies the Drive Module, acting as the sustainable foundation for the BMW i8 Concept vehicle. The Drive Module combines the battery and drive system, plus a range of structural safety devices into a lightweight, high-strength compartment. Its small turning radius and direct steering response result in outstanding dexterity, as well as exceptional handling.
Part of reinventing the sports car is rethinking its entire architecture — something designed to deliver impeccable performance and optimum dynamics. For BMW i, this led to the creation of the LifeDrive concept, consisting of two separate, independent modules: the Drive Module and the Life Module.
The Drive Module includes the electric motor, lithium-ion battery, fuel tank, combustion engine and aluminum chassis, while the Life Module is comprised of the carbon fiber passenger compartment.
As a plug-in hybrid electric vehicle, the BMW i8 Concept needs fewer battery cells than the BMW i3 Concept. The battery's central location in the Drive Module gives the vehicle a low center of gravity, further enhancing its dynamics. The end result is an optimum 50:50 weight distribution, guaranteeing superior handling and performance.
Innovative design is as much about materials as it is about looks. By using carbon fiber reinforced plastic (CFRP), a material that's as strong as steel but around 50% lighter, BMW i truly created an efficient, high-performance innovative sports car.
Not only can CFRP be shaped elegantly, its unique strength combined with its light weight makes a world of difference in durability and fuel economy.
CFRP is currently being manufactured in the ultra-modern carbon fiber production plant in Moses Lake, Washington. The plant is completely powered by renewable, hydroelectric power — helping BMW i stay true to its focus on sustainability.
It's born electric inside and electrifying outside.The BMW i8 Concept's sweeping silhouette gives the appearance that it's surging forward even before the wheel turns. Large, transparent greenhouse-like windows create an extraordinary feeling of lightness, while the doors swing upward like wings to provide an undeniably emotional and sporty allure. And as a 2+2 vehicle with seating for up to four, it's not just dynamic, it's practical.
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The BMW i8 Concept is no ordinary sports car. One look tells you that. This plug-in hybrid electric vehicle is a true icon of progress: a remarkably efficient sports car boasting up to 87 mpg and a 0 to 60 acceleration time of under 5 seconds.
The BMW i8 will be available in 2014.
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BMW i continues to reinvent mobility with the all-electric BMW i3 Concept Coupe.
Powered by the innovative eDrive technology, this coupe not only generates zero tail-pipe emissions, but also provides an exhilarating driving experience for 80-100 miles before needing to charge. And with unique ConnectedDrive features developed specifically for BMW i, electric mobility is more customizable and efficient than ever before.
The BMW i3 Concept Coupe boasts 170 hp and a maximum torque of 184 lb/ft. Its three energy modes (COMFORT, ECO PRO, and ECO PRO+) allow the driver to choose from maximum ride comfort, extended range, and maximum range to accommodate their driving style.
This latest member to the BMW i family is not only about efficiency, it’s about style, reliability, comfort and like every BMW, performance.
You can almost feel the future blowing through your hair. The open-top BMW i8 Concept is a high-performance plug-in hybrid that redefines what a convertible should be.
The vehicle is powered by an agile BMW electric motor, innovative battery technology and an intelligent engine management system that switches to a turbocharged internal combustion engine, depending on driving conditions.
Its lightweight design, low center of gravity and 50:50 weight distribution help it reach up to 354 hp and launch from 0 to 62 mph in approximately 5 seconds.* In addition, it boasts an impressive 78 mpg based on its European test cycle.*
[*Specifications shown for Concept Vehicles]
No wonder it took the crown as the 2012 Concept Vehicle of the Year at the11th annual North American Concept Vehicle of the Year Awards.
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The BMW ActiveE Field Trial began in January 2012, when the first of 700 BMW Electronauts got behind the wheel of the all-electric BMW ActiveE. Get a glimpse into their experiences and see the collective impact of our electric vehicle drivers.
Explore the Electronaut Effect and see how driving an electric vehicle (EV) is both sensible and exhilarating. The numbers below are taken
directly from the BMW ActiveE Field Trial and are updated weekly. Want to discover your own potential effect? Visit the NEAR-FUTURE YOU.
BMW i offers many 360° ELECTRIC products and servicesto ensure convenient electromobility in nearly every situation.
If you have a garage, driveway or private parking space, then you are an ideal candidate for BMW i's home charging solution. This elegantly designed BMW wall unit provides a safe and convenient way to wake up to a full tank in the form of a fully charged battery.
The BMW i3 Concept battery can be fully charged in approximately 3 hours with a level 2 wallbox at 32 amps. The BMW i8 Concept battery can be charged in approximately 3.5 hours with standard 120 volts at 12 amps.
BMW i vehicles have the technology to help drivers locate the nearest public charging stations. Drivers will be able to use an app to determine the nearest charging station and if it is currently in use. There will also be an option to make a reservation at certain locations to charge at a specific time.
As additional charging stations become more available, EV drivers will be able to park and charge their vehicles in public parking lots or parking garages, allowing drivers to get the most out of their car and make the best use of their time.
Those who lead the way into the future of mobility will have access to a variety of products and services that make managing and driving an EV a seamless experience.
Monitoring tools will allow EV drivers to use their smartphones to check their vehicle's battery level, charging status and even the remaining time left until the battery is full. Topographical mapping technology will be available to evaluate elevation levels to help determine the best ECO route to arrive at your destination while getting maximum range out of your BMW i vehicle.
In the event that you are in need of assistance or run out of charge, the BMW Assist™ is designed to ensure that a response specialist is on call with just the touch of a button in the vehicle.
In an effort to extend your range of mobility even further, BMW i is looking to provide solutions for both domestic and international travelers.
Imagine being able to select a BMW i, BMW, or MINI vehicle of your choice from a DriveNow car sharing fleet whenever you are traveling on business or pleasure. BMW has plans to extend the convenience of electromobility during long-distance travel in select cities and the option to use a BMW vehicle on a weekend trip.
With partners in mobility solutions like MyCityWay, ParkNow and DriveNow, you'll enjoy all the benefits an electric driver should expect. ForBMW i, driving electric isn't just about mobility, it's about a way of life.
You can make a world of difference just by making the switch to an all-electric or plug-in hybrid vehicle. Explore the financial and environmental benefits you could soon be enjoying.
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Things You Can Buy With Your Savings
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Battery Used Per Day
The Near-Future You EV Calculator should only be used to roughly project the financial and environmental impacts of switching to an electric vehicle. The numbers will vary from driver to driver, as well as from vehicle to vehicle.
To project various levels of CO2 emissions, we worked with the assumption that a gas vehicle consumes 22 mpg, diesel vehicle 30 mpg of fuel, and a hybrid vehicle 60 mpg. This also assumes an average fuel tank size of 18 gallons.
The Estimated Fuel Savings number is determined based on your estimated consumption of gas, minus the estimated cost to charge your electric vehicle. In addition, we assumed that an average driver can drive a maximum of ten hours a day with an average of 50 miles per hour for our savings calculations.
"Things You Can Buy With Your Savings"
Items to purchase with savings are determined by dividing your savings by the price of the item. All item prices are the approximate average. For example, the average price of a medium cup of plain coffee is $2 and the average cost of an mp3 on iTunes is $1.29.
"Battery Used Per Day"
((Annual Mileage/365)/100) = percentage
We are dividing your daily mileage with the average BMW ActiveE range on one full charge (100 miles). This will give you the average battery percent you will use each day if you switch to a BMW ActiveE.
"Barrels of Fuel Not Used"
Average gallons in fuel barrel = 36 gallons
Annual mileage/(Average MPG of your specific car type x Average amount of gallons in a barrel of fuel).
"Trips to the Gas Pump Avoided"
Average tank size = 16 gallons
Annual mileage/(Average MPG of your specific car type x Average amount of gallons per tank).
National averages are taken from Bureau of Transportation Statistics; http://www.bts.gov/publications/omnistats/volume_03_issue_04/html/figure_02.html
All data related to CO2 emissions is calculated using the equation CO2 (lbs) per mile = 5.33 lbs/22(for gas car, 30 for diesel, 60 for hybrid)
 Based on http://www.eia.gov/petroleum/gasdiesel/ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Milesper_gallon_gasoline_equivalent?
 Based on http://epa.gov/oms/climate/420f05001.htm?
At BMW i, sustainability is at the very core of our value system. When a vehicle is born electric, it's designed to be beneficial to the environment. This includes the value chain of parts and manufacturing.
When it comes to lightweight vehicle materials, carbon fiber reinforced plastic (CFRP) is the optimum—and highly unprecedented—choice. It is extremely strong and lightweight, being at least as strong as steel, but around 50% lighter.
The Life Module of BMW i vehicles is constructed exclusively from CFRP, providing a far longer life span in
comparison to conventional steel structures. The key to this super-high-strength material lies within the carbon fibers, which are exceedingly tear-resistant along their length. These fibers are woven into lattice structures and embedded in a plastic matrix to create the carbon fiber/plastic composite material, CFRP.
CFRP fibers are being manufactured in Moses Lake, Washington. This plant is completely powered by renewable, hydroelectric power—helping to stay true to BMW i's focus on sustainability.
Germany's BMW Landshut Plant opened in March 2012 and has been using the carbon fibers to produce the ultra-lightweight carbon parts that compose one-third of the body components for BMW i models. This plant sets an ecological standard with its significant reduction in primary energy use, having a consumption of 25% below legal regulations.
Leipzig, Germany is home to the very first production plant for BMW's electromobility mission powered by four on-site wind turbines. In March 2011, the plant began its expansion and transformation into a center for EVs–where CFRP components, plastic parts and the bodies of the BMW i3 and BMW i8 will be manufactured.
With its use of renewable resources and naturally treated raw materials, the interiors of both the BMW i3 Concept and BMW i8 Concept are characterized by innovative, sustainable design.
Premium materials like European Eucalyptus wood used in the dashboard are made entirely of timber grown in Europe and are certified as 100% sustainable by the Forest Stewardship Council®.
The leather used is tanned using a natural process derived from olive leaves. The extract from the leaves helps provide extra protection against fading and wear, while still giving the leather a unique look and impressive feel. This cowhide from southern Germany is completely environmentally friendly and highly durable.
Overall, 25% of the weight of the interior plastic is accounted for by recycled or renewable resources. Compared to the BMW production average, the upcoming BMW i3 is expected to consume 70% less water per vehicle.
The success of the BMW i3 Concept proves that true sustainability is achievable and demonstrates BMW i's dedication to changing the future of mobility. In fact, the BMW Group has been named the Dow Jones Sustainability Index leader for eight years in a row as the world's most sustainable premium automobile manufacturer.
Over its entire product life cycle, the BMW i3 Concept is estimated to reduce its carbon footprint by over one-third in comparison to a combustion engine vehicle in the same class.
Even more impressive, if the vehicle is powered by purely renewable electricity, this same statistic increases to well over 50%. Innovations in the development, manufacturing and recycling stages are helping BMW i set new standards of sustainability throughout the entire process of vehicle production.
With these efforts, emission-free mobility will soon be a reality.
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December 12, 2012
The BMW Group and Boeing signed a collaboration agreement to participate in joint research for carbon fiber recycling as well as share manufacturing knowledge and explore automation opportunities.
Both the BMW Group and Boeing are pioneering the use of carbon fiber in their products. With the release of the BMW i3 in late 2013, followed later by the BMW i8, the BMW Group will bring two vehicles with a carbon passenger cell onto the market for the first time and Boeing's 787 Dreamliner is made up of 50 percent carbon fiber material. Recycling composite material at point of use and at the end of the product life therefore is essential to both companies.
Suitable and experienced partner
"Boeing for us is a suitable partner for a collaboration in the field of carbon fiber", said Herbert Diess, Member of the Board of BMW AG for Development. "Boeing has many years of extensive experience using carbon fiber in the field of aviation, while the BMW Group has earned a significant competitive advantage through its use of special manufacturing methods for series production of carbon fiber parts. Through this cooperation we can merge know-how between our industries in the field of sustainable production solutions."
"This collaboration agreement is a very important step forward in developing the use and end use of carbon fiber materials," said Larry Schneider, Boeing Commercial Airplanes vice president of Product Development, who represented Boeing at the signing in Seattle. "It is especially important that we plan for the end of life of products made from carbon fiber. We want to look at ways to reclaim and reuse those materials to make new products. Our work with the BMW Group will help us attain that goal."
Support from the State of Washington
Washington State Governor Christine Gregoire was instrumental in securing the location for the BMW plant in Moses Lake and promoted the partnership between Boeing and the BMW Group. As part of the collaboration agreement, Boeing and the BMW Group will share carbon fiber manufacturing process simulations and ideas for manufacturing automation. The collaboration agreement between the two companies is the first in the history of either company.
The world premiere of the BMW i3 Concept Coupe sees the BMW Group unveil a particularly nimble and emotive version of its concept for sustainable premium-class motoring with zero local emissions. The study presented at the 2012 Los Angeles Auto Show has been brought out in parallel to the ongoing development process for getting the first ever all-electric model from the BMW i brand ready for series production, and demonstrates the potential for conceivably extending the model range. The state-of-the-art, clean-cut and open design showcased by the BMW i3 Concept Coupe represents a pioneering form of urban mobility that makes sustainability awareness an intrinsic part of the premium profile. Beyond this, the three-door model employs the design idiom that has been created especially for the BMW i cars to convey an undeniable sense of dynamism and driving pleasure.
The carbon-fibre body's visual impact is largely shaped by the gracefully flowing coupe roof line and the fresh interpretation of the BMW i "stream flow" design that can be seen in the side window styling, and gives an instant impression of lightness, transparency and streamlined aerodynamic qualities. On the inside, the sense of spaciousness typical of the BMW i brand is combined with an exclusive lounge-style ambience in the two individual rear seats. The BMW i3 Concept Coupe furthermore assumes the title of the world's first fully networked electric vehicle. Thanks to the inclusion of innovative BMW ConnectedDrive functions that have been devised by BMW i for use in production vehicles, operation of the navigation system as well as the information transfer between the vehicle, the outside world and the driver's smartphone has been geared towards the specific requirements of e-mobility.
The BMW i3 Concept Coupe sharply focuses the spotlight on the dynamic performance that can be achieved with the purely electric version of the BMW eDrive technology. Like the BMW i3 Concept, the Coupe is also propelled by an electric motor developed by the BMW Group, which develops a maximum output of 125 kW/170 hp and peak torque of 250 Newton metres (184 lb-ft), and channels its instantaneous power delivery to the rear wheels via a single-speed transmission. The electric motor draws its energy from the lithium-ion storage cells under the floor. Positioning the battery units here has the effect of lowering the centre of gravity considerably, which further adds to the vehicle's sensationally agile handling.
The LifeDrive concept for the BMW i vehicle architecture is instrumental in enabling a brand new vehicle character to be married so harmoniously with BMW eDrive, a technology that is already nearing production standard. The horizontally split construction consisting of two self-contained elements intrinsically focuses on the technical requirements of the electric drive train, and helps to produce a design concept, sense of spaciousness and driving experience that are unique to BMW i cars.
The passenger cell forms the core of the Life module, which is built from carbon fibre-reinforced plastic (CFRP). BMW i is scaling new heights for automotive engineering by making such extensive use of this high-tech material. Because it is extremely light yet very strong too, CFRP opens up tremendous scope for design and therefore has all the right credentials for translating the inimitable and unmistakable BMW i design idiom into a wide array of variants. On the BMW i3 Concept CoupÃ©, the drive system, chassis and energy storage unit, along with the structural and crash functions, are once again incorporated into the Drive module that is made chiefly of aluminium.
Measuring 3,964 millimetres in length, 1,768 wide and 1,555 high, the BMW i3 Concept Coupe can be noted for its highly individual proportions. When compared directly to the BMW i3 Concept, the new study has a broader, lower-slung look that serves to highlight its agile nature at first glance. The wheelbase, on the other hand, is unchanged from that of the standard BMW i3 at 2,570 millimetres.
Body design: LifeDrive architecture sporting new look and colour scheme.
Transferring the design idiom developed specifically for BMW i cars to a coupe concept has resulted in a body whose styling smacks of fun at the wheel while still plainly signalling sustainable mobility. The BMW i3 Concept Coupe's looks let the brand values of efficiency, lightness, safety and premium quality clearly shine through, along with the study's distinctly dynamic bias. The exterior surfaces and colour scheme are structured in such a way as to visualise the basic construction defined by the LifeDrive architecture. The principle of overlapping levels known as "layering" serves to symbolise the harmonious interaction between the striking construction and design elements of the Life and Drive modules, as well as providing the basis for a transparency in the vehicle design that reinforces the concept's sustainability. For instance, the structure of the carbon-fibre material employed in the Life module can be clearly seen in the entrance area and the roof pillars when the door is opened. It is here, as the two-dimensional CFRP laminate typically used for load-bearing elements comes into view, that the material's composition becomes particularly apparent.
The bodywork panels around the wheel arches, doors and rear sidewalls are painted in Solar Orange metallic, a warm shade bursting with energy that was created especially for the BMW i3 Concept Coupe. It forms an electrifying contrast with the high-gloss black finish on the bonnet, roof and boot lid, as well as with the body's black lower edge.
The front apron includes black embedded elements designed to create an air curtain effect that carefully directs the airflow in the vicinity of the wheel arches. The rear apron's lower section incorporates a diffuser component to optimise flow conditions towards the rear of the vehicle's underside. The licence plate holder features a narrow border in Solar Orange, while the U-shaped rear light clusters are integrated into the rear window, just as they are on the BMW i3 Concept. Contrasting touches of Frozen Grey matt for the BMW kidney grille and the sill lines along the sides are specific to this model and add to its visual appearance. The brand emblems in Stream Blue at the front and rear and on the wheel hubs are characteristic BMW i features.
Innovative coupe lines spell pure driving pleasure.
A steeply raked windscreen that extends a long way forward and a roof line that descends gently into the vehicle's tail are the defining features of the BMW i3 Concept Coupe silhouette. The long doors with frameless windows also have a typical coupe feel to them. The specific way in which a CFRP passenger cell is constructed means there is no need for a B-pillar. Not only does this facilitate access to the rear seats, it gives extra impact to the dynamic flow of lines visible in the window styling.
The BMW i3 Concept Coupe includes a fresh interpretation of the brand's hallmark "stream flow" design for the side window contours between the doors and the C-pillars. As a result of the enclosed body concept around the doors and the rear sidewalls, the ratio between the body's basic structure and the window area is clearly marked by the shoulder line. The latest version of the window outline tapers sharply towards the rear, once again putting clear emphasis on the vehicle's excellent aerodynamic properties. The upper and lower edges are spaced particularly far apart on the BMW i3 Concept Coupe, producing an enlarged window area at the rear. This means that, in contrast to conventional coupes, passengers in the rear compartment are able to enjoy a remarkable sense of spaciousness and feel far more involved in the driving experience.
The highly distinctive and dynamic view of the BMW i3 Concept Coupe in profile is completed by the gently rising swage line on a level with the door openers, as well as a striking character line that produces an intriguing interplay between light and shade just above the side sills. The exterior mirrors also sport a design that's specific to this model, with black mirror bases and caps in Solar Orange metallic that pick up on the body's overall colour scheme. 20-inch light-alloy wheels in double-spoke design further intensify the car's sporting aura. As is customary for BMW i models, they are shod with comparatively narrow, reduced rolling-resistance tyres measuring 155/60 R20 at the front and 175/55 R20 at the rear.
All in all, the even more purist interpretation of the design idiom compared to the BMW i3 Concept, coupled with the more horizontal focus of the exterior's styling, highlights the car's enhanced aerodynamic properties. The BMW i3 Concept Coupe therefore epitomises the future of urban mobility, at the same time as instilling it with a distinct sense of sportiness and emotional appeal.
Interior: inviting, spacious, clear-cut and inspiring.
Individual styling and material selection ensure that the brand's trademark principles of sustainability, lightness and transparency are applied to genuine effect in the interior design of BMW i models, too. The interior of the BMW i3 Concept Coupe illustrates how the cockpit design has evolved as it is readied for series production, while at the same time creating an individual ambience that fits in with the concept of a sporty three-door car. The layering structure employed for the exterior once again underpins the arrangement of the function elements and controls, while a mixture of leather, wood, wool and other renewable raw materials ensures that the car's premium characteristics, including the new aspect of sustainability, can be both plainly seen and felt.
The freestanding steering column's two-part design with its light and graceful feel is further accentuated by the colour scheme. All supporting elements are finished in a light grey colour, whereas the steering wheel's outer grip areas and all controls are coloured black. Besides the display that acts as the instrument cluster and the control stalks for the direction indicators and windscreen wipers, the steering column is also home to the electronic gearshift lever and the Start-Stop button.
Above the steering column and behind the instrument cluster, there is a horizontally mounted wooden panel that spans the full width of the interior in a dynamic sweep. Sourced from certified sustainably managed European forests and treated using natural materials, the light eucalyptus wood adds a real touch of class, and is made all the more noticeable by the contrast with the black, three dimensionally shaped controls. The control panels on either side of the steering column are bordered by brushed aluminium accent strips. The sweeping design of the eucalyptus wood panel is echoed by the contour of the armrests in the doors, meaning that the driver and front passenger are encircled by a series of harmoniously styled surfaces.
At the cockpit's centre, the bottom of the dashboard terminates in a flat control panel that is angled slightly towards the driver and is used to operate the climate control and audio functions as well as housing the favourite buttons for the iDrive system. The iDrive Controller and direct menu control buttons are located on the centre console between the driver and front passenger on a level with the seat cushions. The BMW i3 Concept Coupe has also kept the area between the dashboard and seat cushions completely clear across the cockpit's entire width. Its particular drive concept, furthermore, dispenses with the need for the transmission tunnel normally found on conventional vehicles, resulting in a completely open space connecting the left and right footwells. Not only does this create an impression of roominess, it can be of practical benefit, too, as it allows the driver to easily swap to the front passenger seat and get out on that side â€“ a real boon, for example, when using city-centre parking spots so tight that the driver's door cannot be opened.
Sustainability blended with sophistication: surfaces made from renewable resources and naturally treated materials.
The manually adjustable seats with integrated head restraints that were specially designed for the BMW i3 Concept Coupe are upholstered in a blend of warm-toned textured wool yarn and a cool-looking monofilament material. The elegant, sporty colour scheme's light grey tones also reflect the sustainable character of the natural materials. The door support panels made from anthracite-coloured kenaf fibre are perfectly in keeping with this, and also blend harmoniously with the doors' leather trim panels. The leather adorning the interior of the BMW i3 Concept Coupe is treated using natural products exclusively, with an extract from the leaves of the olive tree serving as the tanning agent.
There are two individual seats in the rear of the BMW i3 Concept Coupe where passengers are able to savour a whole new form of motoring comfort in a lounge-style ambience. The seat backrests both curve outwards prominently to form a seamless connection with the rear panelling. Whereas the seating position engenders a feeling of security, the windows â€“ which are exceptionally large for the rear of a coupe â€“ make passengers there feel more part of the driving experience. After tilting the front seat backrests forwards, getting in and out of the rear is facilitated by leather-trimmed grab handles that double as belt feeders for the driver and front passenger.
Display and control concept featuring the very latest display technology.
The BMW i3 Concept Coupe comes with two top-class displays, which provide the interfaces for the exchange of information between vehicle and driver and for operating the infotainment and communications functions. Information that can help to make driving a more comfortable, efficient and safe experience is flashed up in the displays. The navigation system, meanwhile, is networked with the outside world via BMW i ConnectedDrive.
Information is visualised in the form of three-dimensional, high-resolution graphics depicted in the reduced style typical of the BMW i brand. The task of the instrument cluster is assumed by a 6.5-inch (16.5-centimetre) screen positioned on the steering column, where all driving-related information appears in digital form. The second display in the centre of the dashboard is positioned at exactly the same height for perfect legibility. With a screen diagonal of 8.8 inches (22.4 centimetres), it enables detailed graphics to be reproduced, just like the central information display in BMW production cars. This screen is used, for instance, to display the functions of the navigation system including the BMW i ConnectedDrive services. The information provided by the functions familiar from BMW ConnectedDrive is likewise shown here. This central information display also serves to keep the driver and front passenger fully informed of the vehicle's status and the drive system's operating mode.
The two displays have been designed to interact in such a way that the information shown is distributed between the two screens as the situation dictates. In the case of the BMW i3 Concept Coupe, their interaction is best illustrated by a typical urban mobility scenario. When the car is started, the instrument cluster springs to life first. It signals that the vehicle is ready to start with a welcome sequence whose animation spreads to the central information display. In the meantime, the system has already connected to the drive's smartphone and is showing current calendar entries. Shortly afterwards the driver receives a text message with the agreed venue for his meeting. The address data are automatically used to generate a navigation destination, which then appears on the central information display. The driver learns that his destination is within the vehicle's range and he is advised to recharge the car there. Shortly before arrival at the destination, various charging stations in the vicinity are displayed and the driver is offered the option of booking one of them. He confirms and books the nearest one. During the journey the driver can also find out about the restaurant he is heading for as well as listening to personal playlists. On arrival, the driver hooks the vehicle up to the charging station. The illustration of the different functions is rounded off by an animated charging graphic that appears on both displays when recharging the battery.
COMFORT, ECO PRO and ECO PRO+: three driving modes for the ideal mix of driving pleasure and efficiency.
The range covered by vehicles with an all-electric drive is very much dependent on driving style, just as fuel consumption is in conventionally powered cars. The BMW i3 Concept Coupe helps the driver to optimise efficiency by choosing an appropriate vehicle set-up. The Driving Experience Control switch on the centre console can be used to select the three driving modes, COMFORT, ECO PRO and ECO PRO+. The sportiness and comfort of the BMW i3 Concept Coupe can be best experienced in the standard COMFORT setting. ECO PRO mode places the focus more on economical energy management for an increased range and even cleaner performance. The accelerator mapping is modified, for example, so that the same pedal travel delivers less power. At the same time, the heating and air conditioning are switched into a more energy-efficient operating mode. Changing from COMFORT to ECO PRO mode can extend the vehicle's range by as much as 20 per cent.
Efficiency can be boosted yet further in ECO PRO+ mode, which is designed to do everything possible to maximise driving range. So, not only is the accelerator mapping modified, maximum speed is also limited to 90 km/h (56 mph). Comfort functions such as the heating and air conditioning are furthermore run at the minimum level required to prevent the windows from misting up, for instance. Electrical consumers like the seat heating, mirror heating and non-essential components of the daytime running lights are even switched off completely. As a result of all this, more miles can be added to the vehicle's range.
Total networking thanks to BMW i ConnectedDrive with specific functions.
The BMW eDrive system fitted in the BMW i3 Concept Coupe is designed to allow the vehicle to cover a distance of around 160 kilometres (100 miles) on a full battery charge before it has to be plugged into a charging station again. This range comfortably allows it to be used for more than just urban mobility.
Thanks to the BMW i ConnectedDrive services that were purpose-developed for electric mobility applications powered by BMW eDrive technology, the driver receives realistic estimates of his vehicle's current range, which can be viewed even before setting off. The BMW i3 Concept Coupe therefore assumes the title of the world's first fully networked electric vehicle.
Precise, reliable, realistic: driving range display in the navigation system with BMW i ConnectedDrive services.
The BMW i3 Concept Coupe is equipped with a navigation system featuring BMW i ConnectedDrive services. Both the navigation system and the BMW i ConnectedDrive services have been carefully tailored to the specific demands of electric mobility. Apart from the route guidance function, the system also offers drivers assistance with their mobility requirements that extends beyond just the journey planning. One of the key elements of the networked navigation unit is a dynamic range display, which delivers precise, reliable readings by factoring in all relevant variables.
The battery's charge status, driving style, activity of electric comfort functions and the selected driving mode are all taken into account for the calculation, along with the route's topography and current traffic levels. The system is therefore able to make allowance for the extra energy used up for both an upcoming climb and stop/start traffic or traffic jams, and lowers its range calculation accordingly. Up-to-the-minute and detailed real-time traffic data is also added to the equation. The information is analysed and evaluated centrally by the BMW ConnectedDrive server that stays in permanent communication with the vehicle thanks to its built-in SIM card. The SIM card's fixed installation ensures an optimum connection at all times throughout the vehicle's life.
The dynamic range display is visualised on the vehicle's central information display not only as a figure but also as a peripheral contour within the navigation map. Taking the vehicle's current location as a starting point, all points that can be reached with the available energy reserves are joined up to form a peripheral contour. Since the driver is able to actively influence the vehicle's energy consumption and therefore its range by switching the driving mode, the graphical representation of the range calculation is always made available in two variants, allowing the driver to view the relevant current range regardless of whether the COMFORT, ECO PRO or ECO PRO+ mode is selected.
When route guidance is activated, the driver is given a precise and true-to-reality indication of whether the destination is within range and how much energy he has to spare. The most efficient route is also shown as an alternative to the fastest. If necessary, the Range Assistant will even recommend changing to ECO PRO or ECO PRO+ mode in order to increase the range. This function clearly demonstrates the interaction between the tailored route guidance for electric vehicles from BMW i ConnectedDrive and the special energy management from Efficient Dynamics.
If desired, the driver is able to call up a charging station near to his destination and reserve it with another push of a button. The system additionally notifies him of the charging time required before commencing the return journey or the onward journey to the next destination. The wealth of functions offered by the navigation system with BMW i ConnectedDrive services makes it possible to plan out journeys using electric power alone with supreme precision, reliability and convenience.
Intelligent networking simplifies mobility planning: a smartphone app with eRemote function developed by BMW ConnectedDrive for BMW i.
The mobility planning information provided is made available on the customer's smartphone as well as in the vehicle courtesy of a smartphone app for the iOS and Android operating systems which was specially developed for BMW i. The app is a further development of the eRemote functions from BMW ConnectedDrive and offers the driver constant access to the vehicle data and relevant route planning information. Thanks to this intelligent networking, customers are able to check the vehicle's status or plan out upcoming journeys in the BMW i3 Concept Coupe from the comfort of their office or even over breakfast.
If the vehicle is plugged into a public charging station or the BMW i wallbox, the charging procedure can be controlled both remotely and via a timer function. The range display shown in the BMW i navigation system can also be viewed on the smartphone in exactly the same format as in the vehicle. The BMW i app can additionally be used to search for and select either a navigation destination or a free charging station and then import it to the vehicle's system. Available charging stations are indicated in both the navigation unit and the BMW i app, which also show whether the stations are currently free.
When the customer leaves the vehicle at the journey's end, he can furthermore use the pedestrian navigation function built into the BMW i app to guide him to his final destination. For this, the navigation destination selected by the driver in the vehicle is automatically transferred to the BMW i app via the BMW ConnectedDrive server.
The route planning function that was specially developed for BMW i and the specific requirements of urban centres also includes local public transport networks, allowing the available transport connections to be taken into account if required. This gives the driver the option of selecting an intermodal route in his BMW i car, whereupon he is first directed to a public car park by the navigation system. After leaving his vehicle, he now uses the BMW i app to guide him first to the correct bus or tram stop and then on to his destination while completing the final leg of the journey on foot.
In addition to this, BMW i also offers pioneering mobility services that can be incorporated into the customer's mobility planning. These include the premium car-sharing service DriveNow, which has been available in Germany since 2011 and, since September 2012, in San Francisco as well. It was here that the ParkNow facility was also introduced as a world first, enabling parking spaces to be booked via a smartphone app. ParkNow and other services are provided to the customer via BMW ConnectedDrive and made available to use in the navigation system.
August 21, 2012
Munich/San Francisco. The BMW Group has extended its premium car sharing program DriveNow to the US. DriveNow launched in San Francisco in June with 70 electric vehicles. The innovative mobile parking solution, ParkNow, will debut in the Californian city in September.
Ian Robertson, Member of the Board of Management of BMW AG, responsible for BMW Sales and Marketing: “The BMW Group not only manufactures premium automobiles, but also develops a range of services to meet the growing need for flexible mobility solutions in urban areas. The launch of DriveNow and ParkNow in San Francisco and other cities is part of our commitment to the development of new mobility offerings, which will reduce the level of pollutant emissions and traffic congestion and improve quality of life for residents.”
Seventy fully-electric, zero-emission BMW ActiveE cars are located at eight DriveNow stations across the entire city of San Francisco, with two more locations coming soon in the surrounding area. Customers register online or in person and can then use the DriveNow website or a mobile app to locate and reserve an available vehicle. The vehicle can be returned to the pick-up location or any other DriveNow station – so one-way trips are also possible, when needed. Through a partnership with the Californian company Coulomb Technologies and use of its ChargePoint network, drivers can easily locate the nearest charging point, in case they need to charge the vehicle during their unlimited rental. Parking and charging at DriveNow stations are free. Coulomb Technologies is the supplier behind the online network, ChargePoint. This, the world’s largest charging network, consists of in-dependently-owned electric-vehicle charging stations.
The DriveNow premium car sharing program is a modern mobility concept that combines top-quality vehicles and service with simple, flexible usage. DriveNow is the first car sharing concept to focus consistently on highly-efficient premium vehicles and comprehensive service. DriveNow was launched in Germany in June 2011 as a car sharing joint venture between the BMW Group and the car rental company Sixt AG. DriveNow now has around 45,000 members and is available in Munich, Berlin and Dusseldorf and, from the autumn, also in Cologne. In the US, DriveNow is a wholly owned subsidiary of the BMW Group.
The electronic mobile parking service ParkNow allows users to reserve a parking space in advance, at a guaranteed, clearly defined rate in accordance with the driver’s personal preferences. Customers can either use the ParkNow iPhone app to find a parking space, or re-serve one, pay for it and get directions directly to it through the ParkNow website. This reduces both the time involved in finding a parking space and the environmental impact from pollutant emissions. 14 ParkNow stations are currently set up in and around San Francisco. ParkNow is a joint venture between BMW i Ventures and Urban Mobility.
The BMW Group offers DriveNow and ParkNow under its BMW i sub-brand. BMW i also delivers innovative mobility services that reinforce the BMW parent brand’s position as a sustainable, future-oriented brand. The BMW i brand comprises, in particular, the two revolutionary new vehicles, the BMW i3 and BMW i8, which will come onto the market in 2013 and 2014 respectively. These two models will be the first series-produced vehicles specially built with electric engine and electric hybrid drive train.
The venture capital company BMW i Ventures was founded in 2011 under the BMW i sub-brand, to provide financial support for companies developing mobility solutions for problems in densely populated cities worldwide. The company aims to enhance individual mobility and is specialized in the areas of mobile connectivity and location-based services. BMW i Ventures is primarily focused on providing top-class mobility services. This also involves solutions that are not designed exclusively for the automobile.
BMW i spells visionary vehicles and a new take on premium mobility that has sustainability very much at heart. Pivotal to the new BMW sub-brand are alternative drive systems that are specifically conceived for use in the city and dictate the design process from start to finish. BMW i sets out to rethink mobility and come up with pioneering solutions to the challenges posed by cars of the future. These are the driving forces behind the groundbreaking LifeDrive concept – a unique, purpose-built vehicle architecture geared to electric mobility and boasting highly innovative use of materials.
The BMW i designers have succeeded in developing a unique design language which also displays strong links with parent brand BMW. Innovative technologies are given a contemporary, authentic visual style, and the initial concept cars – the BMW i3 Concept and BMW i8 Concept – open up values such as lightness and efficiency to the naked eye. These cars herald the dawn of the new sub-brand and instantly highlight the potential of BMW i. With the BMW i8 Concept Spyder the BMW Group is presenting a third model - a further development of the BMW i8 Concept in the guise of an open-top two-seater.
Running in the family: design features from parent brand BMW.
BMW i references its parent brand BMW clearly through the use of design themes such as absolute precision, lightness and clean modernity. Picking up on hallmark BMW design features allows BMW i design to maintain a clear connection to its parent brand. However, BMW i also takes a whole new look at various stylistic elements, giving the sub-brand’s vehicles a distinctive identity. To this end, a three-dimensional blue ring has been added to the outside of the BMW badge for the BMW i logo. A fresh interpretation of the classic BMW kidney grille reflects the inspiration provided by its parent brand for the BMW i face. With their horizontally sectioned headlights, the BMW i cars share the intent look familiar from BMW models but add a flavor all of their own.
The BMW i “next premium” claim.
“Clean”, “clever” and “premium” are three key words in BMW i design. BMW i cars take the idea of premium to the next level to meet the demands of the future: “next premium” defines comfort, functionality and aesthetics beyond the usual perceptions of higher standards. Never before have sustainability and premium been combined in this depth. Preserving resources was a key consideration in the development of materials, for example. The design of the interior puts renewable and naturally treated raw materials on open display for the first time. The new LifeDrive architecture gave the designers the freedom to introduce a clean-sheet design for the interior. Only genuinely premium, clean and clever features were included. The result is a contemporary, pared-down aesthetic which reduces weight without the need to compromise on functionality. The design of the exterior uses a stimulating design language to communicate this new approach. Transparency and the use of contrasting colors bring the cars’ lightweight design to the attention of the observer. The extremely clean, minimalist surfaces have been conceived to lend visual impact to the sub-brand’s all-embracing sustainability concept.
Typically BMW i: model-specific design features.
The purpose-built basic construction of the BMW i models – the LifeDrive architecture – represents their single most defining feature. Within this concept, the carbon fiber-reinforced plastic (CFRP) Life module houses the passenger compartment, while the Drive module brings together all the operational driving functions.
This distinctive two-way split is also reflected in the design of the cars. The modules are partly covered by plastic side panels, but remain clearly distinguishable. Expressive surfaces and precise lines form a harmonious transition between the two. This overlap and interlocking of surfaces and lines – “layering” in BMW i speak – marks out the exterior and interior design of the vehicles. This striking interplay highlights the linking together of the individual structures and their arrangement within the framework of the LifeDrive architecture.
The aerodynamically optimized “stream flow” represents one of the most striking design themes of BMW i. Two horizontal lines converge from above and below – like streaks of air in the wind tunnel – into a dynamic C-pillar sweep. These lines are expressed in different ways depending on the model. Among the other aerodynamically significant features which double up as hallmark elements of BMW i design are large and relatively narrow wheels, as well as aerodynamic elements such as AirCurtains (which channel the air flow around the wheel arches) and the aeroflaps behind the front wheels.
Lightweight design and efficiency.
BMW i design uses lightness and efficiency to give the sub-brand’s innovative drive technology a fitting showcase. These central values are expressed in the design of the vehicles through large transparent surfaces and a light-bathed interior, a powerful stance and aerodynamic additions such as contact surfaces, spoiler lips and elements allowing air through-flow. This high degree of transparency imbues the cars with an airy feel, while the generously-sized glass surfaces give an optimum view outside.
The impressive swathes of exposed CFRP reflect the lightness and efficiency of both vehicles. As a central element of efficient mobility, aerodynamics play a key role in reducing fuel consumption. The design of the BMW i vehicles uses numerous aerodynamic measures to reduce the cars’ drag substantially, increasing their efficiency – and therefore their range when running on electric power alone.
BMW i introduces a fresh interpretation of the familiar BMW rear light design. The intricately worked
U-shaped rear lights use state-of-the-art LED technology and are designed for maximum efficiency, in terms of both their space requirement and energy usage. Their distinctive looks also ensure the BMW i vehicles are clearly identifiable during the hours of darkness.
Another distinctive design feature is best viewed from above; a black band rises out of the bonnet just behind the kidney grille and continues over the roof to the rear, creating a visual link between the different sections of the car.
“We take our responsibility very seriously when it comes to the mobility of the future and the future of our society,” says Benoit Jacob, Head of BMW i Design, with reference to the BMW i sub-brand. “We are in no doubt of the need to take a fresh view of things going forward. That’s why, at BMW i, we’ve been asking ourselves a host of questions which challenge many of the things we currently take for granted. Every design element in the creative process was subjected to three fundamental questions: Does it meet our definition of premium? How clean is it? How clever is it? And those questions provoked some revolutionary responses. Suffice to say, rarely has the future promised so much.”
Thank you for exploring the Electronaut Effect, the impact of 700 Electronauts participating in the field trial of the all-electric BMW ActiveE beginning January 2012. Together we are shaping the future of mobility. The Electronaut Effect data provided should only be used as an estimate for actual figuresi. Data is updated by BMW ActiveE Telematics data services on a weekly basis. All data is transferred anonymously from each ActiveE to our telematics service. Some figures are extrapolations of raw data provided using cited statistics and figures. Due to the nature of cellular GSM connectivity, portions of data may not be transmitted, or may only be transmitted at irregular intervals. As a result, fleet data may not be available for all categories at any given time.
BMW ActiveE to gasoline vehicle comparisons use the 2013 BMW 135i Coupe as the standard gasoline vehicle. The 2013 BMW 135i Coupe has a combined fuel economy of 22MPG and a 14-gallon fuel tank, resulting in approximately 308 miles per full tank of gas.ii
Statistics and figures do not account for alternative electricity generation options (e.g. solar, wind) that may be used by some Electronauts.
See below for calculations and assumptions for specific data points.
Total Miles Driven So FarTotal Miles Driven So Far calculation is sourced from BMW ActiveE Telematics data and delivered weekly by BMW ConnectedDrive services.
Average Miles Driven DailyAverage Miles Driven is sourced from BMW ActiveE Telematics data and delivered weekly by BMW ConnectedDrive services.
Average Charge RemainingAverage Charge Remaining is sourced from BMW ActiveE Telematics data and delivered weekly by BMW ConnectedDrive services. Data is transferred when a new charging cycle begins.
Most Miles Driven In One DayMileage is sourced from BMW ActiveE Telematics data and delivered weekly by BMW ConnectedDrive services.
Most Miles Driven In One Day is determined by the highest mileage recorded in a 24 hour period beginning at 12:00 AM.
Money Not Spent On GasMoney Not Spent On Gas is equal to: (Total Miles Driven) / (2013 BMW 135i Miles per Full Tank of Gasiii) * (2013 BMW 135i Gas Tank Volume in Gallonsiv * Average Regional Price per Gallonv)
Money Spent On ChargingMoney Spent On Charging is equal to: (Total Miles Driven) / (100 Miles) * BMW ActiveE Cost Per 100 Milesvi
Total Money SavedTotal Money Saved is equal to: (Money Not Spent on Gas) - (Money Spent on Charging)
Cost Per 100 Miles
Cost Per 100 Miles (Electricity): Regional Electricity Cost per kWhvii * 33 kWh
Cost Per 100 Miles (Gas): ((2013 BMW 135i Gas Tank Volume in Gallons* Average
Regional Price Per Gallon) / (2013 BMW 135i Miles per Full Tank of Gas)) * 100 miles
Gallons Of Gas Not UsedGallons Of Gas Not Used is equal to:(Total Miles Driven) / (2013 BMW 135i Combined MPG)
Metric Tons Of CO2 Not EmittedMetric Tons Of CO2 Not Emitted is equal to:
CO2 emitted by 2013 BMW 135i Coupe - CO2 emitted by BMW ActiveE
(Total miles driven * .000409viii) - (Total miles driven * .0002272ix)
Calculated estimate refers to driving & charging emissions. Production-related emissions not calculated.
All Those Tons Are Equal To
Bags of Garbage = Metric Tons of CO2 Not Emitted / .023928 Metric Tons of CO2 per Bag of Garbagex
Loads of Laundry = Metric Tons of CO2 Not Emitted / .0025 Metric Tons of CO2 per Load of Laundryxi
Hours of Running Outdoor BBQ
Hours of Running Outdoor BBQ (charcoal) = Metric Tons of CO2 Not Emitted / .00680389 Metric Tons of CO2 per Hour of Grillingxii
Driving Carbon Footprint Savings
Driving Carbon Footprint Savings is equal to:
(Metric Tons of CO2 emitted by 2013 BMW 135i Coupexiii - Metric Tons of CO2 emitted by BMW ActiveExiv) / (Metric Tons of CO2 emitted by 2013 BMW 135i Coupe)
iData presented are calculated approximations and exact mathematical values may differ due to data rounding.
iii2013 BMW 135i miles per full tank of gas is equal to 308 miles (14 gallon gas tank * 22 combined MPG)
iv2013 BMW 135i gas tank volume in gallons is equal to 14 gallons.
v Regional gas price data provided by U.S. Energy Information Administration (http://www.eia.gov/petroleum/gasdiesel/). Gas price is average of price data for New England, Mid-Atlantic and Contiguous West Coast regions. Gas price data is updated weekly.
viEqual to EPA estimate of kWh per 100 miles (33 kWh) multiplied by cost of electricity based on 2011 residential average retail electricity price for bundled and unbundled consumers in the New England, Middle Atlantic and California regions, provided by the U.S. Energy Information Administration. http://www.eia.gov/electricity/sales_revenue_price/pdf/table4.pdf. Data will be updated once per year based on availability.
viiCost of electricity based on 2011 residential average retail electricity price for bundled and unbundled consumers in the New England, Middle Atlantic and California regions, provided by the U.S. Energy Information Administration. http://www.eia.gov/electricity/sales_revenue_price/pdf/table4.pdf. Data will be updated once per year based on availability.
viiiMetric tons of CO2 emitted per mile by the 2013 BMW 135i Coupe. http://www.epa.gov/cleanenergy/energyresources/calculator.html#results.
ixMetric tons of CO2 emitted per mile by the BMW ActiveE. http://www.epa.gov/cleanenergy/energy-resources/calculator.html#results.
xii"Elsevier's Environmental Impact Assessment Review" http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0195925509000420.
xiiiMetric Tons of CO2 emitted is equal to total miles driven * .000409.
xivMetric Tons of CO2 emitted is equal to total miles driven * .0002272
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When will the BMW i3 and BMW i8 be available?
The BMW i3 will be available in late 2013 with the BMW i8 set to launch in 2014.
What is the range of the BMW i3 Concept and BMW i8 Concept?
The BMW i3 Concept has a range of 80–100 miles of pure electric driving. An optional range extender is expected to double the electric range. The BMW i8 Concept has a pure electric range of approximately 20 miles and can achieve an estimated 87 mpg using hybrid power.
How long does the BMW i3 Concept take to charge?
The BMW i3 Concept battery can be fully charged in approximately 3 hours with a level 2 wallbox at 32 amps. With an optional DC Combo Fast Charger, the BMW i3 Concept is capable of reaching an 80% charge in less than an hour.
Will BMW i3 and BMW i8 production be environmentally friendly?
BMW i is dedicated to setting new standards of sustainability throughout the entire process of vehicle production. For example, the carbon fiber reinforced plastic (CFRP) used in the Life Module is manufactured in state-of-the-art production plants in both Germany and in Washington state that are entirely environmentally friendly, one of which is powered by on-site wind turbines. Also, the interiors of these vehicles use renewable resources and natural materials to further BMW i's dedication of lessening its carbon footprint. Please see the Sustainability section in EV Life for more information.
How much will the BMW i3 and BMW i8 cost?
Pricing information for the BMW i3 and BMW i8 will be available in the very near future. Please keep checking back for updates.
What's the difference between a Hybrid, EV and PHEV?
Hybrid vehicles use two or more separate power sources to move the vehicle. Usually hybrids combine an electric motor and an internal combustion engine. Electric vehicles (EVs) are purely electric, running on an electric motor and requiring "plugging in" to charge. Plug-in hybrids (PHEVs) are hybrid vehicles that use rechargeable batteries that can be charged by plugging into an electric power source or through regenerative braking. They also function like a hybrid with the combination of an electric motor and combustion engine.
How can you charge the BMW i3 Concept and BMW i8 Concept?
A wide variety of charging options exist, including home and public options. The BMW i3 Concept battery can be fully charged in approximately 3 hours with a level 2 wallbox at 32 amps. The BMW i8 Concept battery can be charged in approximately 3.5 hours with standard 120 volts at 12 amps. See the EV Life section for more information.
Are EVs really more environmentally friendly?
EVs like the BMW i3 Concept do not rely on fuel in order to run. Therefore, they are tailpipe emission-free and do not release any CO2 into the environment. To make these cars even more green, BMW i is partnering with companies like Green Mountain Energy Company and RealGoods Solar. Green Mountain offers drivers a way to offset fossil fuels by creating electricity from the grid with wind-powered turbine energy. And RealGoods Solar lets drivers charge entirely through solar power, eliminating any connection to the grid. Please visit the links below to learn more about these two offers. Please see the Sustainability section in EV Life for more information.
Introducing MyCityWay. With lightning-fast, environmentally friendly vehicles, staying ahead is a given. But with BMW i's MyCityWay, navigating your way through the city will be faster, easier and more convenient than ever. Find quicker routes to everywhere, escape traffic and discover better places to go.
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Introducing ParkAtMyHouse. This innovative online marketplace is designed to connect available parking spaces with people looking to find a spot for their vehicles. Established in London in 2006, this service is now being rolled out in the U.S. in cooperation with BMW i as part of their exclusive mobility services.
This app connects home and business owners that are interested in earning money by renting their space out to drivers in need of a convenient and cost-effective place to park. Within the network, there are over 150,000 registered drivers, with parking provided in over 20,000 unique locations. Relieve the stress of finding a parking space and learn more about ParkAtMyHouse below. Your spot is waiting.
Introducing DriveNow, the very latest innovation in car sharing brought to you by BMW i, MINI and Sixt AG. With DriveNow you can get a car whenever you need it and simply pay per use.
DriveNow is currently available in San Francisco, with a fleet of 100% electric BMW ActiveE vehicles, making renting not only premium and convenient, but also environmentally sensible. With multiple locations in San Francisco, including SFO and Palo Alto, it’s easier than ever to get behind the wheel of a BMW. For example, you could pick up at the airport and drop off at Fisherman’s Wharf.
This modern mobility service is also available in Munich, Berlin, and Düsseldorf with plans for further international expansion.
Interested in renting a DriveNow BMW ActiveE? You can complete an online membership registration, then find and reserve a car easily via our website or mobile app.
Introducing BMW i Ventures: In an effort to keep up with the continuously changing field of location-based mobility services, the BMW Group has founded BMW i Ventures — a Venture Capital Company based in New York City. BMW i Ventures provides early- and mid-stage investments with great potential in the area of mobility services. The company has direct access to the resources of the BMW Group and can act with the speed and agility of a start-up. We aim for strategic, long-term partnerships.
If you think you have an idea for the next great BMW i innovation, submit your pitch here.
Stay tuned for more mobility apps from BMW i. These services will introduce drive-share programs and other conveniences for parking and charging, making your electric lifestyle even more seamless.