BMW are going to venture in to the green car market with 2 new cars, the BMW i3 and the i8. Both these cars are still in a concept phase but they do have working models on both which are currently being tested.
The BMW i3 (as pictured left) is a full electric car BMW will offer. As with all electric cars the BMW i3 is still going to be limited to around 100 miles on the battery but they are stating that the battery can be fully charged in 6 hours via a normal domestic plug socket and claim they will be able to achieve 80% charge from a high powered socket within the hour.
The car is made from a carbon fiber mix which means it’s going to be very light, this will enable the battery to be smaller as it wont have a big weight to push around. As always though these electric cars are going to be for people who live and work in cities and will be no good for travelling around the country because of the small range they offer, lack of charging stations and of course the amount of time to actually charge the car up.
The BMW i8 concept car is a hybrid super car running on both petrol and electric. BMW are claiming this car will be able to go from – 60 mph in under 5 seconds and claim a 94 mpg which is unheard of.
The BMW i8 will also be made out of a carbon fiber mix meaning for a sports car it will be very light. This will help and will be needed if the car is going to reach the figures BMW are saying for the 0 – 60 time along with the mpg.
The i8 should be able to run around 20 miles just on the electric motor but I would guess this will without a doubt depend on the speed you are travelling.
Both The i3 and i8 are expected to go on production in 2013 by which time many of the facts and figures will no doubt change. It’s been estimated (various web sites) that the i3 will have a price tag of over £20,000 while I do not disagree with this figure I would expect it to be much higher given the prices of the current electric / hybrid cars.
You can find more information by visiting the BMW i series official site: BMW i Series