BMW i continues to reinvent mobility with the plug-in hybrid BMW i8. As an addition to the all-electric BMW i3, this innovative family of vehicles encourages a new movement into the world of efficient, yet incredibly powerful electric mobility.


BMW i isn't just about cars, it's about innovation. It's about inspiring design, mobility services and taking on an entirely new understanding of driving. After 40 years of extensive research, including learnings from the
MINI E and BMW ActiveE Field Trials, BMW is making its official shift into the realm of electric mobility with the release of the all-electric BMW i3 and plug-in hybrid
BMW i8.

With sustainability at the very forefront, BMW i aims to take driving to a whole new dimension where tailpipe emission-free vehicles are a standard way of life. A brand-new world that is defined by renewable resources and innovative means of production that have the least possible impact on the environment.

Design Philosophy

The design philosophy of BMW i is exceptionally unique: create beautifully efficient, high-performance cars through sustainable materials and processes.

The BMW i3 and BMW i8 maintain a clean, modern, dynamic, yet futuristic look that is characterized by smooth surfaces and precise edges. This creates a seamless look, as if the cars themselves were created out of one singular mold.

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Aerodynamics play an important role in the design of BMW i vehicles. Fully concealed underbodies help prevent wind turbulence under the car, while the aerodynamic design improves the flow of air through the wheel arches and side sills behind the front wheels. By reducing wind resistance, the vehicles become even more energy efficient.



A car that's lightweight means a more efficient and dynamic driving experience with greater range capabilities. Keeping this in mind, BMW chose to use Carbon Fiber Reinforced Plastic (CFRP) as the foundation for BMW i — a material which is as strong as steel, but about half the weight. This allows BMW to set new standards in both lightweight vehicle construction and safety.

The BMW i3 and BMW i8 vehicles will mark the first mass produced cars to use structural CFRP. In fact, this material is currently being produced in Moses Lake, Washington at an ultra-modern plant that is completely powered by renewable, hydroelectric power.


BMW LifeDrive is an architectural concept that was purpose-built for electric vehicles. Comprised of two separate units, the Life Module and the Drive Module form the framework for BMW i vehicles.

The Life Module is a high-strength and lightweight passenger compartment made from Carbon Fiber Reinforced Plastic (CFRP). This, along with the aluminum chassis of the Drive Module, offsets the additional weight of the batteries of an electric car.

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The Drive Module is an aluminum chassis that forms a solid foundation and protects the battery. Aluminum is around 30% lighter than steel but just as strong.

The lithium-ion battery cells are stored underneath the passenger compartment of the car. This gives the vehicle optimum, 50:50 weight distribution and a low center of gravity. By housing all of the key driving components in this lower module, there is no tunnel running through the center of the car. This creates an especially roomy interior for passengers to enjoy.


 EDrive and Efficient Dynamics

BMW's eDrive technology originates from many years of EfficientDynamics development and research. EfficientDynamics helps deliver vehicle technology that increases consumption efficiency. This lowers overall emissions while increasing performance and exhilaration.

As an extension to EfficentDynamics, the eDrive system features an all-electric motor that provides incredible torque and exhilaration from a standstill. It also combines innovative lithium-ion battery technology with a heating/cooling system for intelligent energy management. This helps keep the battery at an ideal operating temperature for maximum efficiency and overall performance.

With its sustainable design and its undeniable agility, this is an EV that's bound to change the way you think about driving. Using extremely strong, yet lightweight Carbon Fiber Reinforced Plastic as its foundation, this vehicle is as innovative as the technology and renewable materials it contains. From this point forward, the world will follow in your tread marks.

Starting at $41,350*

  • 0–60 mph in approximately 7 seconds
  • 170 hp and a maximum torque of 184 lb-ft
  • 80–100 miles per charge
  • Fully charged in approximately 3 hours

*MSRP without destination and handling and before federal tax credit


The BMW i3 will be available with a series of package options. Ranging from the Mega World to the Giga World to the Tera World, each of which has its own unique characteristics and offerings in wheels, renewable interior materials and sustainable trims.

The BMW i3 will be available with a series of package options. Ranging from the Mega World to the Giga World to the Tera World, each of which has its own unique characteristics and offerings in wheels, renewable interior materials and sustainable trims.

The BMW i3 will be available with a series of package options. Ranging from the Mega World to the Giga World to the Tera World, each of which has its own unique characteristics and offerings in wheels, renewable interior materials and sustainable trims.

19-inch forged aluminum wheels.

19-inch forged aluminum wheels.

19-inch forged aluminum wheels.

Gray leather steering wheel highlighted with BMW i
blue accents.

Gray leather steering wheel with silver
accents around the rim.

Black leather steering wheel with silver
accents for added sophistication.

Lightweight Sensatec and fabric, made
from recycled materials, line the interior
with BMW i blue accents.

Active-climate wool and extremely soft,
olive leaf naturally tanned leather line
the interior seat materials.

Extremely soft, olive leaf naturally tanned
leather with handcrafted stitching lines
the interior of vehicle.

The instrument panel is elegantly adorned with grained foil trim.

The instrument panel is covered with leather
combined with sustainable elements, such as open-pore
eucalyptus wood from certified sustainable forestry.

The instrument panel and surrounding cabin elements are covered
by leather combined with sustainable elements, such as
open-pore eucalyptus wood from certified sustainable forestry.


The smooth, streamlined shape of the BMW i3 is driven by efficiency and aerodynamics. The stream flow design brings more light into the interior for a brighter, more airy space. The silhouette of the vehicle merges the window surfaces throughout the car to provide great visibility in nearly any driving situation.

The opposing coach doors give access to the large, open space of the interior, while the characteristic "black band" runs from the hood over the roof to the trunk of the vehicle to denote a feeling of lightness. Large 19-inch forged aluminum wheels coupled with the aerodynamic, lightweight design of the i3 help reduce rolling resistance and ensure the highest possible efficiency.

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The stylishly molded, iconic kidney grille carries the modernized brand elements of BMW i with its blue accents and serves as one of the most prominent exterior features. Since no cooling air needs to run through it, the grille is fully closed.

The eye-catching LED headlights with their backlit
U-shape lines immediately draw attention to the sculptured front-end of the vehicle with defined edges that underscore its stability and powerful stance.



The interior of the BMW i3 is characterized by the visible use of natural resources. In fact, each of the BMW i Worlds (Mega, Giga, or Tera) features a variety of sustainable materials and trim choices.

By locating the battery in the floor of the Drive Module, no center tunnel divides the interior. This creates an open and airy feel for both the driver and passengers.

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And for the driver, the i3 features a unique, freestanding steering column that contains all essential operational elements directly on and around the steering wheel. The simplistic design of the instrument panel creates a clean look within the cabin, allowing for the beautifully crafted interior to shine.



Adrenaline rushes just as fast in kilowatts. The all-electric motor of the BMW i3 boasts 170 hp and a maximum torque of 184 lb-ft. The full torque is available from a standstill giving this EV the high-performance feel inherent in every BMW.

Accelerating from 0–60 in approximately 7 seconds, the i3 maneuvers with impressive agility in just about every situation. The vehicle's extraordinarily small turning circle of 32.3 feet and precise steering setup (2.5 turns from lock to lock) further enhance the agile handling of the i3. Equally impressive is its silent driving experience. Efficiency has never sounded better.

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Three energy modes (COMFORT, ECO PRO, and ECO PRO+) accommodate any driving style. The COMFORT mode is the standard setting, providing the standard range of 80 to 100 miles before needing to charge. In ECO PRO mode, the range increases up to approximately 12% by regenerating any energy regained through braking.

Finally, ECO PRO+ mode maximizes range about 12% more by limiting the top speed and switching comfort settings, like heating or air conditioning, to an energy-saving mode. When comparing ECO PRO+ mode to the COMFORT mode, the range potential is increased up to approximately 24%.



The lithium-ion high-voltage battery goes up to 100 miles in range on a single charge. Its uniquely intelligent battery heating/cooling system ensures that the range of the BMW i3 is less affected by temperature fluctuations than other electric vehicles (EVs).

This contributes to the overall life of the battery cells, allowing drivers to get the most out of their EV as possible. And with Brake Energy Recuperation, every time the driver lets off the accelerator, kinetic energy is converted into electricity to extend the battery's charge.

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BMW i offers an elegantly designed home charging solution that gives drivers an easy and safe way to charge an EV. Using this home charging system, the BMW i3 can be fully charged in approximately 3 hours. The standard charging cable is designed to have your battery topped off by simply plugging into a dedicated 120-volt outlet.

There will also be public charging stations available unique to the BMW i3 to provide quick, convenient charging opportunities. The SAE DC Combo fast charger charges the i3 up to 80% full in 20 minutes and 100% in 30 minutes.


BMW i3 with Range Extender

The BMW i3 with Range Extender takes you further, allowing you to breathe a little easier on those longer road trips. This model, with a two-cylinder combustion engine, generates electricity that maintains the charge of the lithium-ion battery at a constant level as soon as it dips below a certain value.

The BMW i3 with Range Extender doubles your electric driving range to eliminate range concerns.

Starting at $45,200*

*MSRP without destination and handling and before federal tax credit

Choose a world to explore
Mega | Giga | Tera

The BMW i8 is no ordinary sports car. It's an icon of progress — an extraordinary evolution of The Ultimate Driving Machine®. As a plug-in hybrid, this revolutionary vehicle combines the power of a TwinPower Turbo engine and the efficiency of an all-electric motor for an exhilarating driving experience that's every bit BMW.

Starting at $135,700*

  • 0–60 mph in 4.4 seconds
  • Combined max. power – 362 hp and 420 lb-ft torque
  • Boasts up to 94 mpg fuel efficiency
  • Fully recharges in 1.5 hours from a 220-volt Level 2 charger

*MSRP without destination and handling and before federal tax credit


At first glance, the BMW i8 comes across as a beautifully designed sports car. But it's far more than just another sports car. Aerodynamics play a key role in the design of the BMW i8, with each detail working toward making the vehicle as high-performance and efficient as possible.

Its long wheelbase, short overhangs, precise lines and sweeping silhouette give the appearance that the vehicle is surging forward even when it is standing still. The scissor doors of the BMW i8 provide an undeniable emotional and sporty allure that make it truly one-of-a-kind.

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The iconic BMW i accented kidney grille is almost fully closed with air control vents in the front only letting in as much air as the cooling system needs. The vents located in the front bumper channel air away from the front wheels to improve aerodynamics. While the vent in front of the rear wheels serves as the intake for the rear TwinPower Turbo 3-cylinder engine to redirect airflow and decrease drag.

The stream flow design of the rear provides the relevant down force needed to maintain agility while keeping the vehicle planted to the road at high speeds.



The sporty feel of the exterior seamlessly carries over into the interior of the vehicle with each element positioned toward the utmost functionality and comfort for the driver.

Staying true to its sports car character, the BMW i8 keeps its focus on the driver, angling the modern lines of the freestanding center console towards the left side.

Driver-relevant functions like the gear-shift lever, Start/Stop button, and parking brake are also arranged around the driver's seat for convenience. The 3D, high-resolution displays convey relevant driving information directly on the dashboard in a clear and simple manner.

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The BMW i8 uses a combination of premium, renewable materials for the most luxurious and comfortable drive. Extremely soft leather naturally tanned by olive leaves can also be found in the interior, as well as the use of lightweight, recycled resources to continue the dedication towards sustainability.

Both the driver and the passenger sit close to the ground in lightweight seats designed for comfort — even when going around the tightest corners.



When a car looks this fast, it better live up to its appearance. The BMW i8 does just that, with help from its powerful, yet sustainable TwinPower Turbo 3-cylinder combustion engine situated at the rear axle. Driven by a six-speed automatic transmission, power and performance are truly at your fingertips.

This vehicle is the first BMW production model to be powered by this type of engine, producing 231 hp with up to 236 lb-ft of torque. As a result, the output of 154 hp per liter of displacement is the highest of any engine produced entirely in-house by the BMW Group.

The BMW i8 accelerates from 0 to 60 mph in 4.4 seconds and gets 94 mpg, making it as efficient as it is dynamic.

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The Driving Experience Control switch on the center console offers various driving modes. On electric power alone, the BMW i8 can travel up to 22 miles, while the combined range in hybrid mode is over 310 miles in everyday conditions.

The standard COMFORT mode offers a balance between sporty performance and fuel efficiency. SPORT mode features the ultra-intense boost function provided by the electric motor. ECO PRO mode supports a more efficient, optimized driving style which can be used in both all-electric mode and hybrid mode.



The BMW i8 is electric at heart. Its front-wheel situated electric motor launches forward with 131 hp, supplemented by 184 lb-ft of torque from a standstill via an integrated two-stage automatic transmission.

The motor derives its energy from the high-performance lithium-ion battery centrally mounted in the vehicle — which creates a low center of gravity for even more efficiency. It also works to provide an additional power boost to assist the gasoline engine during acceleration.

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Together with the TwinPower Turbo engine in the rear, the BMW i8 provides impressive all-wheel drive performance with a combined maximum power and torque of 362 hp and 420 lb-ft.

As an added bonus, the BMW i8 can be powered solely by the electric motor itself. When choosing a tailpipe emission-free ride, drivers can experience a maximum electric driving range of up to 22 miles with an electric top speed of 75 mph.



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.


Pushing Limits


Charging & Power

700 BMW ActiveE DRIVERS. 0 DAYS.

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.

Data will be updated shortly. Please check back soon.

Total Miles Driven So Far

BMW Electronauts have covered a lot of ground without a drop of fuel.

Average Miles Driven

With a 100-mile range when fully charged, range anxiety is not an issue.

Average Charge Remaining

Still plenty of juice left at the end of the day.

Most Miles Driven in One Day

With a little practice, range can be pushed to its limits.


Pushing Limits1:53
Charging & Power2:22

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, a portion of data may be transmitted at irregular intervals; therefore, the latest data may not be available for all fleet vehicles 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 Far
Total Miles Driven So Far calculation is sourced from BMW ActiveE Telematics data and delivered weekly by BMW ConnectedDrive services.

Average Miles Driven Daily
Average Miles Driven is sourced from BMW ActiveE Telematics data and delivered weekly by BMW ConnectedDrive services.

Average Charge Remaining
Average 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 Day
Mileage 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 Gas
Money 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 Price per Gallonv)

Money Spent On Charging
Money Spent On Charging is equal to:
(Total Miles Driven) / (100 Miles) * BMW ActiveE Cost Per 100 Milesvi

Total Money Saved
Total 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 Used
Gallons Of Gas Not Used is equal to:
(Total Miles Driven) / (2013 BMW 135i Combined MPG)

Metric Tons Of CO2 Not Emitted
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
Garbage Bags
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)

i Data presented are calculated approximations and exact mathematical values may differ due to data rounding.
iii 2013 BMW 135i miles per full tank of gas is equal to 308 miles (14 gallon gas tank * 22 combined MPG)
iv 2013 BMW 135i gas tank volume in gallons is equal to 14 gallons.
v Regional gas price data provided by U.S. Energy Information Administration ( Gas price is average of price data for New England, Mid-Atlantic and Contiguous West Coast regions. Gas price data is updated weekly.
vi Equal 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. Data will be updated once per year based on availability.
vii 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. Data will be updated once per year based on availability.
viii Metric tons of CO2 emitted per mile by the 2013 BMW 135i Coupe.
ix Metric tons of CO2 emitted per mile by the BMW ActiveE.
xii "Elsevier's Environmental Impact Assessment Review"
xiii Tons of CO2 emitted is equal to total miles driven * .000409.
xiv Tons of CO2 emitted is equal to total miles driven * .0002272

See how you'll be ready for the future

BMW i offers many 360° ELECTRIC products and services
to ensure convenient electromobility in nearly every situation.

BMW i's home charging solution is ideal for any garage, driveway, or private parking space. This elegantly designed BMW i charging station provides a safe and convenient way to wake up
to a fully charged battery.

It takes approximately 3 hours to charge the
BMW i3 with a BMW i charging station at 30 amps. And it takes approximately 1.5 hours to charge the BMW i8 from a 220-volt Level 2 charger.

Whenever you need to top off the battery, the standard charging cable can be used for either the BMW i3 or BMW i8 by plugging into a dedicated 120-volt outlet.

Through ConnectedDrive, BMW i vehicles have the technology to help drivers locate the nearest public charging stations. And if known, drivers will also be able to see their availability. An easy and convenient access is provided by our ChargeNow product solution.

As additional charging stations become more available, EV drivers will be able 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.

BMW Roadside Assistance helps make managing and driving an EV a completely seamless experience. BMW i3 and BMW i8drivers will have the assurance and the peace of mind of always having a response specialist on call.

This service offers outstanding travel protection
24 hours a day, 365 days a year—so you'll be covered even if someone else is driving your vehicle.

BMW Roadside Assistance is available for the first four years from the original in-service date, with no mileage restrictions and at no cost to you.

In an effort to make the electric lifestyle more convenient, BMW i is looking to provide solutions for extended driving needs.

For example, with the DriveNow car-sharing program, if you're ever traveling around the San Francisco Bay Area and need some wheels, you can choose from a fleet of 100% all-electric BMW ActiveE vehicles to get you wherever you need to go.

With partners in mobility solutions like MyCityWay, ParkNow, DriveNow, ParkAtMyHouse, Embark, Life360 and ChargeNow you'll enjoy all the benefits an electric driver should expect. For BMW 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.

Select your average annual mileage to see the impact of switching to an all-electric BMW i3.
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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;

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)

Data Sources:

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As exhilarating for the world as it is for you.

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 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 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 BMW i vehicles are characterized by innovative, sustainable design. Overall, 25% of the BMW i3's interior is made of renewable raw materials and recycled plastics, with 25% more accounting for the exterior.

Premium materials like open-pore eucalyptus wood used in the dashboard and instrument panels are made entirely of timber grown in Europe and are certified as 100% sustainable by the Forest Stewardship Council®. This means that there are shorter supply channels to further guarantee sustainability in all stages of production.

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The leather is tanned by 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.

Compared to the BMW production average, the BMW i3 is expected to consume 70% less water per vehicle due to the great efficiency of the Leipzig plant.


The success of the BMW i3 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 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.

How can BMW i be even more efficient? The answer: by using materials that are easily recycled and reused. In fact, 95% of the materials used to produce the BMW i3 can be recycled. One of those being the high-performance lithium-ion battery, which can be repurposed as storage in solar or wind power systems.

As a pioneer for using CFRP in the production process, BMW i is also pioneering its recyclability. A recent collaboration with Boeing Commercial Airplanes for a joint research effort into carbon fiber recycling includes plans to share key manufacturing knowledge. For BMW i, it's about taking responsibility for the entire life cycle of its vehicles, even beyond their stay on the road.

Connected Drive

Innovative mobility services are an integral part of BMW i. With ConnectedDrive, finding destinations, staying in touch and accessing your BMW i3 or BMW i8 remotely is easy.

Introduction to Connected Drive

BMW ConnectedDrive was created with one thing in mind — to make your electric lifestyle totally seamless. You can use ConnectedDrive to check vehicle status, control the charging process, plan trips and drive more efficiently. This is intelligent mobility.


The BMW i Remote App conveniently links life on the go and life on the road. Using your smartphone, you can control your all-electric BMW i3 or plug-in hybrid BMW i8 remotely and see your vehicle location, range, current battery levels and charging information.

If you're connected to a charging station, you're able to start or end a charging session or take advantage of Time of Use rates using the Charge Control feature. When available, these special rates offer lower energy costs depending on time (usually overnight), varying by region and energy company.

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You can also use the app to set preconditioning, automatically ensuring optimal battery conditions and a comfortable cabin prior to your next journey.

The navigation function within the app shows points of interest and nearby charging stations with the option to send them directly to your vehicle.


The Navigation feature displays information you need to make your drive as easy as possible. At the heart of this lies a dynamic range map that takes into account relevant factors that could impact your drive.

This includes your battery charge level, driving style, topographic conditions or even the current traffic situation. ECO Route is an additional feature that helps you find the most efficient way to reach your destination.

And if the built-in Range Assistant determines that your destination cannot be reached because of one of the above factors, it will locate a nearby charging station or suggest an alternative way that would consume less energy.

My City Way

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.

Just type in what you're looking for. It's another way to improve mobility, beyond what keeps you mobile. Visit for more details, or download the app in two simple steps below:



iPhone   Android

Park At My House

Introducing ParkAtMyHouse. This innovative online marketplace is designed to connect available parking spaces with people looking to find a spot for their vehicles. Currently available throughout the UK, an international rollout in cooperation with BMW i is now underway.

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.

Drive Now

Introducing DriveNow, the latest innovation in car sharing brought to you by BMW i. Featuring all-electric, zero-emission vehicles, with DriveNow you can get a car whenever you need it and simply pay by the minute.

DriveNow is currently available in San Francisco, with a fleet of 100% electric BMW ActiveE vehicles, making renting premium, convenient and environmentally sensible. With multiple locations in the San Francisco Bay Area, including SFO, OAK, and Palo Alto, it's easier than ever to get behind the wheel of a BMW.

And one way driving makes it easier than ever to get around. 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, Düsseldorf and Cologne with plans for further international expansion.

Interested in renting a DriveNow BMW ActiveE by the minute? Visit DriveNow on the web or by app to complete an online membership registration, then find the nearest ActiveE and DriveNow.

App also available for Apple and Android devices

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Introducing Embark. Commuters can breathe a sigh of relief when using the unique mobility service Embark. Embark's mobile software provides an accurate, reliable and interactive transit experience that helps commuters get exactly where they want to go.

Fully functional with or without a cellular or Internet connection, apps by Embark provide regionally specific step-by-step public transportation instructions. Additional real-time information, including transit delays and closure notifications, gives users an accurate estimate of when their train will arrive.

The app is currently available in 12 major transportation networks in the USA and Great Britain with even more to follow. With Embark, you'll never have to guess which route will get you there the fastest.

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Introducing Life360. This innovative smartphone app connects families no matter where they may be. Using location-based technology and check-in functionality, the whereabouts of different family members are displayed on a convenient map — so you'll always know where they are. Life360 also includes a chat feature, navigation guidance to another family member's location and even a panic button for emergencies.

The partnership between BMW i and Life360 opens the door to even greater possibilities of innovative, location-specific mobility services. Life360 makes managing your family life much easier, because at the end of the day, family matters the most.

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Introducing ParkNow. Available in San Francisco and expanding to other cities, this app and web-based service simplifies the act of parking by letting you book a parking spot in advance. This means no more wasting time driving around aimlessly looking for a place to park. Not only will you feel less stressed, but your battery or gas tank will also thank you.

There is also a function that helps you find the best rate, so you'll also be saving money. Added bonuses like discounted parking rates, valet services and car washes are just more reasons to take advantage of this revolutionary service.

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Introducing ChargeNow. Coupled with the ChargePoint® network, ChargeNow uses one central access card to find and use charging stations. All of these charging stations are conveniently displayed using BMW i ConnectedDrive services in the navigation unit, making it especially easy to find and use the nearest available charging station.

Payment for using the stations is simple and cash-free via the ChargeNow card. Drivers will receive a monthly statement that details charges billed and any corresponding costs. And with the network of charging stations constantly growing, you're almost guaranteed to find a place to charge whenever you need some extra juice.

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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 provide 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.

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