The BMW i3 Concept
Arriving in major urban areas in 2013, the four-seat BMW i3 Concept isfully driven by electricity, boasts an astounding 0-62 mph time of less than 8 seconds* and features transparent roof and side panels to show off its carbon-fiber passenger compartment.
*Based upon BMW AG test results
The BMW i3 Concept is an uncompromisingly sustainable vehicle designed for urban areas. Driven purely by electric power and purpose-built to meet the demands of sustainable and emission-free mobility, it embodies an intelligent form of urban transportation and commuting.
BMW i3 Concept – Sustainable Urban Mobility.
The BMW i3 is a well designed all encompassing concept, with every detail conceived and optimized to fulfill its eventual purpose. Its innovative LifeDrive architecture renders the BMW i3 Concept light, safe, spacious and dynamic. Innovative use of materials and intelligent lightweight design, moreover, not only enable the i3 Concept to travel long distances on a single charge, they also provide superb safety in the event of a collision and help give the car its excellent driving dynamics. The electric motor over the rear axle – which generates output of 125 kW/170 hp and impressive torque of 250 Nm (184 lb-ft) from a standstill – and a small turning circle combine to deliver agile driving characteristics. The BMW i3 Concept accelerates from 0 to 37 mp) in under four seconds and from rest to 62 mph in less than eight seconds.
The Life module conjures up a generous feeling of space inside the car. Select materials lend the open and airy cabin a lounge-like character. The use of renewable raw materials is another defining characteristic of the interior, offering passengers a further means of experiencing the sustainability of the vehicle. Parts of the instrument panel and door paneling are visibly made from natural fibers, while the naturally tanned leather of the seats creates a lounge-style ambience. With four seats, wide-opening opposing ''coach'' doors, a trunk capacity of around 200 liters and an additional functional compartment in the front, the BMW i3 Concept is equipped for the demands of everyday use.
The BMW i8 Concept
The BMW i8 Concept has the heart of a plug-in hybrid and the soul of a sports car. This high performance plug-in hybrid coupe boasts astonishing fuel efficiency and can take you soaring from 0 to 62 mph in a mere 4.6 seconds.*
*Based upon BMW AG test results
Sometimes it is time to leave the city. Escape the restrictions of everyday life. The BMW i8 is an icon of progress. It combines the energizing performance of a sports car with benchmark efficiency.
BMW i8 Concept – emotional, dynamic and efficient.
The Concept car BMW Vision EfficientDynamics created excitement and very positive feedback at the IAA 2009. The BMW Vision EfficientDynamics made it clear that an emotional sports car with the fuel economy of a small car is no contradiction and could soon be reality. After successful initial testing of the vehicle concept, the decision for a series-production vehicle was quickly made. The BMW i8 Concept is the next step in the evolution of the BMW Vision EfficientDynamics Concept. The result: The most progressive and innovative sports car of its time. Its innovative plug-in hybrid concept combines the modified electric drive system from the BMW i3 Concept – fitted over its front axle – with a high-performance three-cylinder combustion engine producing 164 kW/220 hp and 300 Nm (221 lb-ft) at the rear. Working in tandem, they allow the two drive systems to display their respective talents to the full, delivering the performance of a sports car but the fuel consumption of a small car.
Acceleration of 0 to 62 mph in under five seconds combined with fuel consumption in the European cycle of under three liters per 100 kilometers (approx. 94 mpg imp) are figures currently beyond the capability of any vehicle powered by a combustion engine of comparable performance. Thanks to its large lithium-ion battery, which can be charged from a domestic power supply, the BMW i8 Concept can travel up to 20 miles on electric power alone. Added to which, the 2+2-seater offers enough space for four people, giving it a high level of everyday practicality.