BMW enter the electric car market with ‘truly radical’ i3

October 11th, 2013 § Comments Off on BMW enter the electric car market with ‘truly radical’ i3 § permalink

Y OU would have to say that despite a fanfare of publicity, electric cars have not exactly sparked the public’s imagination.

In terms of the overall market, sales of cars such as the Nissan LEAF, Renault Zoe and a few others can pretty much be counted on the fingers of one hand.

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BMW i3 Release date is post-November, Meanwhile, the inside story: how it’s made

June 24th, 2013 § Comments Off on BMW i3 Release date is post-November, Meanwhile, the inside story: how it’s made § permalink

Detail of the BMW i3’s bodyshell.

The new i models coming from BMW do not represent the reinvention of the car, but they do mark something of a revolution in terms of materials, production, and vehicle integration.

BMW i is about so much more than just electric cars,” said Project Director Dr. Carsten Breitfeld. There is no doubt that it would not exist but for the need to develop a convincing series production electromobility solution, and one that could confidently carry a “premium” label.

Unlike some companies that feel an electric motor can be installed in a regular model as an alternative powertrain, much as a choice can be made between gasoline and diesel, BMW believes that its entry into relatively high-volume electric car production necessitates a totally new design and engineering approach, with the extensive application of industrialized CFRP (carbon fiber reinforced plastic) in a totally new vehicle identity. (CFRP was first used for the BMW CSL coupe’s roof 10 years ago and later for the M3 roof and the M6’s roof and bumper supports.)

The result is the i3 city car and i8 sports car. “The only way we could achieve our weight targets was by using carbon fiber,” said Breitfeld. “We have optimized the process, achieved a shorter manufacturing time, and succeeded in taking a lot of the cost out.”

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