In spring 2008, the best minds of BMW met at secret locations in Munich to consider an ambitious target: the reinvention of urban mobility. The team from Munich set up a think-tank, call it “project i” and assign a single mission: Forget what went before. Rethink everything.
For the first time, an overall concept for saving energy is developed. Previously, they would be fitted into existing models. The body and the drive system were specially developed with the focus on energy-saving. The concept becomes a technology base for many further developments by BMW.
Born Electric: BMW i is the new brand from BMW delivering a mobility concept that permits a fully electric mobile daily routine – before, during and after the journey. This is because BMW i thinks beyond the vehicle – and leaves nothing to be desired with its innovative mobility services.
The next evolutionary stage in the BMW Vision EfficientDynamics – the BMW i8 Concept. It combines the impressive performance of a sports car with a high degree of efficiency. The BMW i3 Concept is presented at the same time. The first completely connected electric vehicle, which is specially tailored to the requirements of electric mobility.
Less ballast, more freedom – the BMW i8 Concept Spyder: this breathtaking lightweight roadster with hybrid drive forgoes the roof and relies uncompromisingly on carbon, aluminium and lithium. The structure of its frame accommodates the axle’s drive system and batteries so that the weight is cleanly balanced.
Reinventing mobility means thinking beyond the realms of environmentally aware and agile driving. The result is the BMW i3 which, with its visionary design, offers a view of tomorrow’s automobile. Its innovative eDrive system not only allows emission-free and driving pleasure but also an exciting, almost silent motoring experience.
Urban mobility reinvented: the BMW i3 is the result of a vision that extends far beyond environmentally aware and agile driving. With its visionary design and the innovative BMW eDrive power system, the BMW i3 is the locally emission-free car of tomorrow.
The sports car of the future – with the consumption and emission values of a compact car. The strength of this plug-in hybrid lies in the perfect synchronisation of electric motor and combustion engine, for maximum efficiency and road dynamics.
The future is on display in 2016 in Las Vegas: at the Consumer Electronics Show, BMW i Vision Future Interaction is providing a view of tomorrow’s interconnected cockpit. Just one of the highlights is AirTouch, a completely new system that enables a wide range of functions to be controlled by gesture.
The BMW i success story runs and runs: With its range of up to 125 miles per full battery charge, the new BMW i3 is a reliable travelling companion beyond the city. And with its 7.3 seconds for 0 to 62 mph, it also boasts true sprinter qualities.
Power consumption and CO2 emissions for the BMW i3 (94 Ah):
Fuel consumption in l/100 km (combined): 0
CO2 emissions in g/km (combined): 0
Power consumption in kWh/100 km: 12.6
Power consumption and CO2 emissions for the BMW i3 (94 Ah) with Range Extender:
CO2 emissions in g/km (combined): 12
Power consumption in kWh/100 km (combined): 11.3
Fuel consumption in l/100 km (combined): 0.6
Power consumption and CO2 emissions for the BMW i8 with Plug-In Hybrid BMW eDrive:
CO2 emissions in g/km (combined): 49
Power consumption in kWh/100 km (combined): 11.9
Fuel consumption in l/100 km (combined): 2.1
The driving range depends on a variety of factors, especially: personal driving behaviour, selected route, weather conditions, usage of heating/cooling and preconditioning.
The figures for fuel consumption, CO2 emissions and power consumption depend on the wheel and tyre sizes selected.