BMW rolls out electric i3 and i8 models

Jul 29, 2011
An i3 electric car by German car maker BMW Group is presented in Frankfurt
An i3 electric car by German car maker BMW Group is presented in Frankfurt, western Germany. German luxury carmaker BMW presented two electric models on Friday, signalling its arrival to a segment that is key to the industry's fortunes.

German luxury carmaker BMW presented two electric models on Friday, signalling its arrival to a segment that is key to the industry's fortunes.

The all-electric i3 is aimed at the urban and should hit dealerships in 2012. The hybrid i8 is due for delivery in 2014 and is more geared towards high-performance auto enthusiasts.

"This is an important new milestone in BMW's history," chief executive Norbert Reithofer declared as the vehicles were shown to media.

"As the leading premium auto manufacturer in the world, we wanted to offer clients automobiles that were made to order, with an electric motor," he added.

An i8 electric car by German car maker BMW Group is presented in Frankfurt
An i8 electric car by German car maker BMW Group is presented in Frankfurt, western Germany. The concept car is partly built from a carbon fiber tightened synthetic material produced in the US.

The i8 combines electric and gas-powered engines to allow for long-distance travel, while the compact i3 is clearly designed for city use.

Both have a lightweight aluminium chassis and a reinforced carbon-fibre body to compensate for the weight of the batteries.

The cars are to be made at a plant in Leipzig where the company plans to invest some 400 million euros ($575 million) and create 800 jobs by 2013.

German automakers, known mainly for powerful vehicles, are trying to catch up with companies like Toyota that got an early start with .

The companies must also meet stricter European Union emissions levels starting from next year.

BMW did not provide details on how much the cars would cost or how many would be made, but the company reiterated that premium car owners were targeted.

German media reports have spoken of 30,000 vehicles per year, which would be well below full-scale production levels, while analysts have warned the cars would not sell well if overpriced.

BMW finance director Friedrich Eichiner pledged however that the models presented Friday would "make a contribution" to the group's earnings.

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Alphakronik
1 / 5 (2) Jul 29, 2011
Where is the rest of the vehicle?
sherriffwoody
3 / 5 (2) Jul 29, 2011
makes it hard to have sex in the car when everyone can see in
Bob_WA
not rated yet Jul 29, 2011
makes it hard to have sex in the car when everyone can see in

sherriffwoody

Why?
Cube
5 / 5 (3) Jul 29, 2011
that i8 is probably the sexiest electric car i have seen
ziprar2
not rated yet Jul 30, 2011
that i8 is probably the sexiest electric car i have seen


This is just a concept, the production model will be ugly as it is with most cars
Newbeak
not rated yet Jul 30, 2011

The i8 combines electric and gas-powered engines to allow for long-distance travel..


Wonder if this will be a series hybrid like the Volt? I like that layout more than parallel lay-outs like Prius.With parallels,the gas engine is always running to support the electric motor,whereas cars like the Volt run on battery power exclusively until they get depleted,and the gas engine kicks in to recharge the batteries.