BMW is set to extend the range of its electric-powered i3 with the introduction of what sources close to the German car maker describe as an “optimised driveline” that draws on battery efficiency gains developed since its launch in 2013.
The i3 will receive a new lithium ion battery with the same 22kWh (18.7kWh usable) capacity as that used today but a higher power density for a longer range.
The move is claimed to extend its range to well over 124 miles in real-world use, compared with just under 100 miles now.
The i3 will also get an upgraded electronics package that features new software mapping for the battery cooling system and the electric motor.
The revised battery pack will be fitted to not only the all-electric i3 but also the i3 Range Extender, which uses a small two-cylinder petrol engine to produce electricity on the run.
The new battery will also be available as a retro-fit option for existing i3s.
Exciting Development for this superb city-sized all-rounder. in my humble opinion, – “i like it. i want it.”
124 Mile “Real World” Range.. ( Forgive the skeptisism, but i would bank on 105-110max real world mileage estimate) + Range Extender would do me aplenty. This would do away with any hassle on “long-haul” trips, such as London Cardiff i have completed in my Nissan Leaf MK2 (Acenta) in +8c recently. 7 Total Charge (and top-up) Stops. 340 Miles range.
BMW confirms plans to increase the battery range of its i3 at the start of next year, with around 130 miles of electric driving expected
BMW’s i3 has been out since 2013, yet is still considered one of the most cutting-edge electric cars on the road. Now, the Nissan Leaf rival is set to take you further on a charge, thanks to battery tweaks to increase driving range.
Although a BMW spokesperson confirmed the full details will be announced “by the end of the year”, it’s unknown exactly how they will do this. It’s thought that the existing lithium-ion battery pack will either increase in capacity or become more dense, thanks to improved tech.
The current i3’s battery pack has a capacity of 22kWh and promises a range on full charge of just under 100 miles. That’s significantly less than the newly updated Nissan Leaf, which offers a 30kWh pack and claims a range of 155 miles. It’s thought that BMW wants to bring its electric car more into line with the Leaf.
It’s also predicted that both the Range Extender and battery-only i3 will receive the tweaks. It’s not clear yet whether it will take longer to charge, yet we expect the BMW to retain the option of an 80 per cent fast charge. We also don’t know if the update will bring along a price increase, but we will find out in due course.
At Present, the i3 manages 81 miles of electric range in full-EV guise or 73 miles of electric range plus 77 miles with the petrol-powered generator.
The new figures will match up almost precisely with one of BMW’s competitors, the Nissan Leaf, which will boast 125 miles of all-electric range for 2016.
The 2016 Chevrolet Volt, by comparison, only manage 53 miles of all-electric range before its petrol generator kicks in to carry the vehicle another 370 miles.
U.S. regulators are delaying rules that would require electric and hybrid cars to alert sight-impaired pedestrians and bicyclists until at least mid-March, according to a recent government filing.
The decision is the latest setback for a government plan that has been in the works since 2013 to require “quiet cars” – vehicles that operate at low speeds without an internal combustion engine running – to add new audio alerts at low speeds.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates the odds of a hybrid vehicle being involved in a pedestrian crash are 19 percent higher compared with a traditional gas-powered vehicle.
The auto safety regulator has said that if the proposal were implemented, there would be 2,800 fewer pedestrian and bicyclist injuries annually. About 125,000 pedestrians and bicyclists are injured each year.
The proposed rules would force automakers like Tesla Motors Inc, General Motors Co, Ford Motor Co and Toyota Motor Corp to add automatic audio alerts to electric and hybrid vehicles traveling at 18 miles per hour or less.
The rules would apply to hybrid and electric cars, SUVs, trucks, buses and motorcycles, and are aimed at preventing crashes at intersections or when electric vehicles are backing up. Advocates for the blind have pushed for the rules.
Automakers have raised concerns about the alerts, saying they are too loud and too complicated. They also want them required only at lower speeds.
Under a 2010 law passed by Congress, the NHTSA was supposed to finalize the regulations by January 2014. Automakers will get a minimum of 18 months from the time the rules are finalized before they must begin adding the alerts.
NHTSA Administrator Mark Rosekind said in July the regulation would be finalized by November – a timetable the agency says in a new government document it will not be able to meet.
The Transportation Department, in explaining the latest delay, said in a document posted on its website that “additional coordination is necessary.” NHTSA declined to elaborate on Tuesday.
NHTSA in 2013 said it expected the rules would cost the auto industry about $23 million in the first year, because automakers will need to add an external waterproof speaker to comply.
Edit the Form below as necessary to work out your Fuel Costs.
Right now it defaults to a typical assumptions of 1000 mile ( near one month of estimated driving) trip, which suffices an average household. Change figures as you see fit.
One assumption is that electric car’s average travel is 70 miles – appropriate for mk1 generation of electric cars typically released prior to 2013. Czero/Imiev/iOn/Leaf/ However, Newer and updated higher-Trim-levels like Nissan’s LEAF Acenta & Tekna are mk2 (post-2013)/Bmw i3 are more efficient – averaging 85 miles on a single charge.
Another assumption is that you will charge at home for 40% of your charges, and paying for your electricity. The remaining 60% charging will be done at public charging networks like Source London and Ecotricity, – which currently are free.
i know I have had my Nissan Leaf Acenta for a while (first batch of 2013’s release) delivered in November 1st 2013, All made in the UK, Sunderland plant, it made me quite proud to own a “home-made” piece of “high tech”.
I don’t make apologies for nerdiness.
What I failed to “pick” on I suppose are some subtle, well, nuances which made room to hope for a better quality product all round. Then again, it could be just a picky self and I should actually keep it to myself.
The issue I’m referring to now is general Quality Control/Assurance for my shiny white Leaf with Acenta Trim.
And more pedantically I am referring to, the … Body work. Ironically this aspect falling below par (in my scrutiny) and has nothing to do with the fact that the car is electric.
I love my Leaf, and if you know me, I boast about it left, right and centre, and to date it’s the most comprehensive, all round well completed and mass produced electric car which is actually affordable and he beat bang for your buck, hands down. (Sorry i3, you’re also great but tad smaller and tad more expensive for me)
But the body work; the face of the car. Great classic Leaf, recognisable from far away instantly; if you have one, look closely at the alignment of your headlamps now, if you do have a Leaf.
The spacing between the seals.
Trace the ridge of the headlamp, does the connecting indicator attachment also in the same ridge line?
Mine aren’t. Not fussed all in all. But again, this is with my QA hat on and a ruler out. Well, so to speak, you can indeed see the issue with a naked eye.
Now, the tail lights …
I don’t mean to be….mean, but I have a mouldy fish tank going on, in Both rear tail lights.
My leaf has done 16k-ish miles to date and is officially 17 months “old”. It should not have reached this “stage” for years to come.
Merely listing my “user experience here folks”, I am sure this (latter) is covered by the warranty anyway, so nothing to worry about. Just hoped it wouldn’t need to come to this is all.
There has been a ‘remarkable surge’ in demand for ultra-low emission vehicles (ULEV) in the UK, with sales of plug-in hybrid cars increasing four-fold in 2014.
New annual figures from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) have revealed that sales of alternatively-fuelled vehicles (AFVs) – including electriccars and hybrids – rose by 58% last year, with 51,739 new AFVs registered.
AFV sales accounted for a market share of 2.1% in 2014 – up from 1.4% a year earlier. Overall car sales increased by 9.3% to just south of 2.5 million.
“The year was particularly strong for alternatively fuelled vehicles as increased choice, coupled with a growing desire for reduced costs and greater efficiency, resulted in a quadrupling of plug-in car registrations over 2013,” explained SMMT chief executive Mike Hawes.
Alternative fuel vehicle registrations, 2010-1014 Photograph: edie.net
“With a variety of new plug-in models expected in 2015, this area of the market will continue to grow significantly,” added Hawes. “For the market as a whole, we expect a more stable 2015 as demand levels off.”» Read the rest of this entry «
Electric cars, hybrids and other alternatively-fuelled vehicles (AFVs) are increasingly grabbing market share from traditional petrol and diesel models, new industry figures reveal.
The latest statistics from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) show 9,955 AFVs were registered in September, a 56% rise on the same time last year.
This accounted for 2.3% of the total market – a 44% year on year rise – in a month that saw a 5.6%rise in overall registrations compared to September 2013. Diesel and petrolvehicles saw registrations grow just under 6% and 4% respectively, but diesel’s market share remained static, while petrol fell one percentage point as a result of the growth in registrations.
According to the SMMT, 37,842 AFVs have been sold during 2014, a more than 50% increase on the same point a year ago, while market share has also grown from 1.4% in 2013 to 1.9% this year. » Read the rest of this entry «
Introduced in Europe in late 2013, the MitsubishiOutlander PHEV became in May 2014 not only the best selling plug-in vehicle that month, but also Europe’s top selling plug-in vehicle thus far in 2014.
According to numbers hunted down by EV Sales Blog, Mitsubishi delivered in May 1,733 Outlander PHEVs and 6,047 in the first five months (this is still an approximation because many countries present registrations, not sales).
Anyway, no other plug-in vehicle was even close to 1,000 last month and Outlander PHEV has at least few hundred unit advantage over the second place Nissan LEAF, which YTD sold 5,559 units in Europe.
In May, Renault ZOE came in second with 785 and Tesla Model S was third with 754. Nissan LEAF seems to be off the podium, but the differences are very thin.
Of interest is the total number of plug-in vehicle sales in Europe – 7,783 in May, which is about two thirds of US sales.
While EV sales still make up a small slice of the overall market, they are actually selling at a faster pace than the first generaton of hybridcars. A new report from IHS Automotive shows that when you put the first three years of EV sales side by side with the first three years of hybrid sales, electric cars are actually doing remarkably well.
IHS specifically cites four-year sales of the first generation Toyota Prius, which they claim had sold a culmative total of 52,000. I turned to Wikipedia for Prius sales numbers, and I can’t exactly make the numbers work. In 2003, four years after the introduction of the Prius, worldwide sales totaled about 43,000 units, at least according to Wikipedia.
If EVs keep this momentum up, it won’t be long before they start to make up an increasingly large slice of annual sales. Automakers who refuse to commit to pure electric vehicles risk being left behind in a lucrative market segment, the same way many are struggling to come up with a competitor to the Toyota Prius, a car many wrote off as a fad or niche product. Last year, Toyota passed the 3 million mark with the Prius, which is now one of the best-selling vehicles.
The lesson here for automakers is clear; if you’re not on board the EV hype train, time is running out.
Source: IHS Automotive
Electric Car Sales are Stronger than They Might Seem, According to IHS Automotive
SOUTHFIELD, Mich. (May 15, 2014) – Despite falling short of previous expectations, global sales of electric vehicles (EVs) actually are progressing at a much faster pace than hybrid cars did during the same stage of their deployment, paving the way for higher demand as more EV options arrive on the market this year and beyond.
During the fourth year after its introduction in 2000, the original hybrid-Toyota’s Prius-attained cumulative sales of more than 52,000, according to IHS Automotive, part of IHS Inc.(NYSE: IHS). In the fourth year after its introduction, in 2013, cumulative sales of the Nissan Leaf EV approached 100,000. For the Chevrolet Volt/Ampera plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV), cumulative sales during the same period were almost 70,000.
Altogether, the Leaf and Volt/Ampera saw more than three times the cumulative sales total for the Prius in the fourth year after introduction, as presented in the attached figure. “We’re still in the early stages of the EV market,” said Ben Scott, analyst for IHS Automotive.
“Most EV drivers still own their first-generation electric vehicles. Furthermore, there have been insufficient product offerings to effectively legitimize the market and show to consumers that EVs and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs) represent the way of the future. However, with EV adoption exceeding the historical precedent of hybrids, this means that the trend toward EVs is still progressing, although at a slower rate than many had expected.”
It’s true that legislation and incentives have inflated the relative sales of EVs, given that there were no such inducements available during the launch of the Toyota Prius. However, EV sales growth remains impressive compared to the Prius, which now is regarded as a successful vehicle line.
These findings are contained in the new report entitled “Grid-Connected Vehicles” from IHS Automotive.
Traffic Jam on Electric Avenue
“The original high expectations for EV sales were driven by ambitious climate-change targets in various regions,” Scott said. “Meeting these goals would require full de-carbonization of the vehicle fleet in some countries, which could only be achieved through full electrification. However, the understanding of the time scales on exactly when full electrification will happen has changed as sales have fallen short of the optimistic outlooks.”
EVs Charge Up
Despite this, there have been some more positive moves in the industry both in terms of vehicles on the road and EV/PHEV availability.
Tesla’s Model S has sold remarkably well in the United States, proving that consumers will pay for a premium electric sedan. The BMW i3 went on the road at the end of 2013, occupying the small urban car segment, alongside the VW e-up! and Smart Fortwo electric drive.
The archetypal compact car, the VW Golf, will be available in a purely electric form later this year; the VW e-Golf. Also available in 2014 will be the plug-in hybrids VW Golf GTE and Audi A3 e-tron.
Ford’s C-Max Energi will be offered in Europe in 2014, cementing its place in the plug-in hybrid multipurpose vehicle (MPV) segment. This year there are more than 100 PHEVs/EVs available in production globally to consumers.
“The increasing variety of EVs and PHEVs is encouraging for the market, but there still needs to be more of these vehicles available to reach parity with internal combustion engine cars,” Scott explained.
Plug-in hybrids accelerate
While the all-electric Leaf currently outsells the PHEV Volt/Ampera, this situation will change in the future. Until recently there have not been many PHEVs available, but 2014 will be an important year as more of these vehicles enter the market.
“Motorists like the safety and freedom to travel for longer distances without being constrained by charging intervals, which is why PHEVs are a good alternative,” Scott said. “IHS Automotive predicts that by 2020, global production of PHEVs will exceed EVs by a ratio of 55:45. PHEVs could be a critical stepping stone to pure electrification of the powertrain in the years following the year 2020.”
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Electric car sales in Denmark have increased sevenfold compared to last year: 407 electric cars were sold between January and the end of April of 2014
Tesla’s Model S has already sold 126 times this year compared to just 112 over the whole of 2013.
Nissan’s Leaf, the worldwide bestseller that accounts for nearly half of all electric cars sold, has also sold more than double (190) the copies of last year (58). Additionally, the car rental company Avis has ordered 400 Leafs that do not appear in the statistics.
Can Golf close the gulf?
The introduction in September of the Volkswagen e-Golf, which can run 130-190 km on one charge and costs around 290,000 kroner, will mark another milestone in the introduction of electric cars in Denmark.
However, electric cars are still a drop in the ocean that is the Danish car market. Total car sales for the first four months of 2014 amounted to 64,355 – an increase of 11 percent on last year.
2016: “The government’s current air quality plan with respect to London is based on the very limited ambition of the previous mayor to tackle air pollution and isn’t enough to protect Londoners health,” said Khan. “I know from personal experience that the city’s air is damaging people’s health as I suffer from adult-onset asthma myself.”
Khan’s first major policy announcement after winning the mayoral election for Labour were new plans to tackle the capital’s air pollution. These include more than doubling the size of the planned Ultra Low Emission Zone.