Tuesday, September 27, 2011

i3, The Next BMW Electric Car

BMW is following in the footsteps of Ford and Toyota, and constantly increasing its advances in electric vehiclessegment. This is exemplified by the development of the BMW i3. In terms of size and general appearance, BMW i3 is similar to the BMW 1 series. However, there are a lot of differences and special features under the hood.

This car will be entirely powered by an electric motor, powered by lithium-ion batteries with liquid cooling. The maximum speed would be 150 km/h which is not bad for a car designed essentially to urban transport.
The vehicle will also be equipped with a system for regeneration of kinetic energy to help recharge the batteries during braking. So, in short, BMW i3 would have a range of between 130 and 160 km through a single charge.

This electric car has been designed for four passengers, with some 200 litres in the luggage compartment. This configuration makes it seem that i3 market as a vehicle zero emission for "green" families.

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