We're at the very forefront of the future of mobility, in need of a vehicle to take us even further. One that's all-electric, yet exhilarating. Light, yet powerful. Zero emissions. Zero guilt. The BMW i3 Concept will change the way you think about driving. This is tomorrow, today. This is intelligent mobility.
The BMW i3 and now the BMW i3 with Range Extender.
It may look futuristic, but it could be parked in your driveway before you know it.
The i3 Concept's dynamic design and innovative shape make the car feel as if it's always moving forward. The coach doors give access to the large, open space of the interior. And extensive glass surfaces give the vehicle a feeling of lightness, drawing attention to its low weight through the exposed carbon fiber structures.
As a whole, the interior of the i3 Concept is characterized by the visible use of natural resources, emphasizing BMW i's commitment to sustainability and engineering of premium, purpose-built electric vehicles.
When you're born to change the way people drive, you've got to be lightweight, agile and strong. The i3 Concept uses carbon fiber reinforced plastic (CFRP) as the foundation for its LifeDrive architecture. CFRP is as strong as steel, but about half the weight.
The use of this high-tech material for the i3 Concept is unprecedented in mass vehicle production. The process begins with carbon fiber threads manufactured in the ultra-modern plant in Moses Lake, Washington. This plant is completely powered by renewable, hydroelectric power helping to stay true to BMWi's focus on sustainability.
A revolution starts with revolutionary thinking. And when developing a born-electric vehicle, BMW Group engineers did just that by rethinking the vehicle architecture. The result: the LifeDrive concept, consisting of two horizontally separate, independent modules.
The Drive Module is an aluminum chassis that forms a solid foundation and protects the battery. The lithium-ion battery cells are stored underneath the floor of the car, at the center of the Drive Module. This gives the vehicle optimum weight distribution and a low center of gravity.
The Life Module is a high-strength and lightweight passenger compartment made from carbon fiber reinforced plastic (CFRP). This, along with the use of aluminum, offsets the additional weight of the batteries of an electric car. And by reducing the weight, the number of batteries can also be reduced, which reduces the average battery charging time.
The BMW i3 Concept is engineered to take you further. The combination of a lithium-ion battery and an electric motor provides The Ultimate Driving Experience®. Developing impressive torque from a standstill, the i3 Concept uses its 170 hp and 184 lb-ft torque to accomplish 0 to 60 mph in under 8 seconds.*
[* Specifications shown for Concept Vehicles]
The battery can be fully charged in approximately 3 hours with a level 2 wall-box at 32 amps.
While more than 90% of drivers average less than 100 miles per day - with most averaging just 30 miles per day* - an optional BEV+ (range extender) will be available for the i3 to approximately double the electric range. The BEV+ option is a small, smooth-running and quiet internal combustion engine. It generates electricity to maintain the battery charge level to make sure the vehicle can continue to run on electric power alone.
*Source: The U.S. Department of Transportation, Federal Highway Administration