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Official BMW i3 thread

Posted: Sun Jul 04, 2010 6:39 pm
by LTLFTcomposite
Didn't see this mentioned anywhere... sorry if it has already been discussed.

http://finance.yahoo.com/family-home/ar ... mily-autos

Carbon fiber use is interesting.

edit : Made this into a i3 only thread. Will start a new i8 thread.

Re: BMW EV in 2013?

Posted: Sun Jul 04, 2010 7:45 pm
by sjfotos
LTLFTcomposite wrote:Didn't see this mentioned anywhere... sorry if it has already been discussed.

http://finance.yahoo.com/family-home/ar ... mily-autos

Carbon fiber use is interesting.



Yes. That is going to be one seriously expensive chassis!

Re: BMW EV in 2013?

Posted: Sun Jul 04, 2010 8:17 pm
by DeaneG
It sounds like BMW plans to include appreciable lift-off regenerative breaking. Maybe Nissan will do a software update once all other electric vehicles have lift-off regeneration.

Re: BMW EV in 2013?

Posted: Sun Jul 04, 2010 8:23 pm
by Boomer23
I have my eye on this one. It may be my second EV after the Leaf. This is part of the reason I'll be leasing the Leaf.

I got to drive the MiniE a few months ago and was very impressed with the performance. Part of my interest in EVs is the performance potential of the torque characteristics of the electric propulsion system. For my second EV, I'll be closely monitoring the sporting characteristics of each new entry in the market. I'm not going to race a car, but I really enjoy a responsive powertrain and good handling.

BMW will have the experience of the MiniE and the converted 1 Series EV they'll be piloting in 2011. They are already starting off well with the Megacity design by using a rear-drive layout and focusing on light weight. I trust BMW more than any other builder to focus on handling and responsive acceleration, even in a "city car".

As sjfotos says, combine all-new carbon fiber technology with battery cost and this thing may be seriously expensive for what it will be.

Re: Official BMW / megacity EV thread

Posted: Sun Oct 24, 2010 2:51 pm
by motornature
BMW has acknowledged they will not make any money with the Megacity at first, exactly like Nissan with the Leaf in fact...

Re: Official BMW / megacity EV thread

Posted: Sun Oct 24, 2010 9:38 pm
by TRONZ
I am really interested in this one. Sorta remember feeling this way about the LEAF a few years ago and now here we are. I am a carbon junky so BMW pretty much had me at Hello. :P

Re: Official BMW / megacity EV thread

Posted: Sun Oct 24, 2010 9:57 pm
by evnow
Yes this is on my shortlist after Leaf lease - along with Infinity EV.

Re: Official BMW / megacity EV thread

Posted: Mon Feb 21, 2011 9:34 am
by ENIAC
The MegaCity has now been branded the BMW i3. There's is also a PHEV called the i8. Here is the website for the new BMW i brand.

Re: Official BMW I3, I8 / megacity EV thread

Posted: Mon Feb 21, 2011 10:37 am
by KeiJidosha
Light weight (sub 2000 lbs) will reduce power required for better performance. A real purpose built EV lacking the compromise of ICE compatibility. Bring on the regen!

Re: Official BMW I3, I8 / megacity EV thread

Posted: Mon Feb 21, 2011 10:49 am
by evnow
Any idea on what size of vehicles they are talking about ? The website is devoid of any specifics - unless I missed it.