BMW i8 and i3 Design Sketch
BMW i8 and i3 Concepts Design Sketch

The new BMW i3 Concept aimes to offer emission-free driving in urban areas for transportation and commuting through the use of electric power.

The BMW i3 Concept's LifeDrive architecture means that the car has been designed to be lightweight and accommodate an electric motor and battery. This is in contrast to the conversion-type approach for cars which see electric components being integrated into vehicles which were originally designed to be used with a combustion engine.

The BMW i3 Concept features an electric motor situated over the rear axle and generates 125kW/170hp output and torque of 250Nm from standstill. 0-62mph is achieved in under eight seconds.

The interior of the BMW i3 Concept includes the use of renewable raw materials. For example, parts of the instrument panel an door panelling are made of natural fibres and the seats are made from naturally tanned leather. Access to the interior comes courtesy of the wide opening 'coach' doors. The boot capacity is around 200 litres.

Technology features of the BMW i3 Concept include connectivity with the owner's smartphone, allowing them to find their vehicles, be notified of nearby charging stations, allow battery charging and preconditioning at the touch of a button and supply information on the vehicle's status.

Published : 29/07/11 Author : Staff

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