The BMW i3 Concept is a zero-emission city car concept which provides an accurate preview of BMW’s nearly-ready, mass-market electric car. The BMW i3 is driven purely by electricity, and is also designed to be sustainable and practical for day-to-day city commuting.
The i3 features BMW’s proprietary LifeDrive chassis architecture which makes the car light, safe, spacious and dynamic. Clever material choices and weight-saving engineering, help the i3 Concept to travel long distances on a single charge and provide excellent safety in the event of a collision. As a bonus, the lightweight chassis also helps provide the i3 with superior driving dynamics – a vital characteristic for most BMW buyers.
The BMW i3 is powered by an electric motor which is located over the rear axle. This motor generates an output of 170 hp (125 kW) and impressive torque of 250 Nm (184 lb-ft) from literally zero rpm. The BMW i3 Concept accelerates 0 to 37 mph (60km/h) in under four seconds, and from rest to 62 mph (100 km/h) in less than eight seconds. More than adequate for normal driving situations, and easily enough to keep up with the flow of traffic.
On the inside of the BMW i3, carefully selected materials lend the open and airy cabin a lounge-like character. The use of renewable raw materials is another defining characteristic of the i3’s interior. Parts of the instrument panel and door panelling are visibly made from natural fibres, while the leather of the seats comes from naturally tanned hides. With four seats, wide-opening opposing “coach” doors, a boot capacity of around 200 litres (53 gallons) and an additional storage compartment in the front, the BMW i3 Concept is neatly equipped for the demands of everyday use.
The BMW i3 is also packed full of gadgets. Connectivity functions create a digital integration between the BMW i3 Concept and its customers’ lives outside the car. Remote functions accessible via a smartphone enable owners to find their vehicles, flag up nearby charging stations, allow battery charging and preconditioning at the touch of a button, and supply information on the current status of the vehicle. Meanwhile, intelligent assistance systems ease the stress on drivers in monotonous city driving situations and allow them to arrive at their destination more safely and in a more relaxed state of mind.
Source: BMW i