BMW Goes Electric with the BMW i3

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The 2013 BMW i3 is the German automaker’s first electric vehicle to go into mass production. The car will output 150 horsepower and will have a range of 160 miles on a full charge.

Luggage room is said to be 14.1 cubic feet, split between the space behind the rear seats and the “frunk” under the hood. The technique BMW is using to mount the floor battery has been said to be borrowed from the Rolls-Royce 102EX. BMW is also in the works with Siemens on a 3.6 kWh wireless recharging network to be launched in Berlin.

The 2013 i3 will be on a rear-wheel drive platform. The car will have extensive use of carbon fiber materials, an ultra-light component that will help combat weight issue. Aluminum parts will harmoniously integrate with carbon fiber to offer increased safety.

The electric car will measure around 157 inches and will eventually be offered in multiple models.

The first i3 is due in 2015 and BMW initially plans to produce 40,000 units per year.

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