On July 29, BMW will officially unveil its i3 electric car. So far, we’ve seen most of the car, but BMW is still keeping complete details to themselves until then. What we do know is that BMW is serious about its new ‘i’ lineup.
BMW i3 EV Production
The i3 will be the first car to reach production from this new branch. The Australian magazine, Drive, was able to test the i3 and says it is fun to drive and very stylish. Since the i3 is still a BMW, engineers wanted it to be dramatically different from any other electric car.
Electric cars are powered, of course, by a battery. These batteries tend to be incredibly heavy, which cuts down on their efficiency. To counteract that weight, engineers created a new design that uses carbon fiber reinforced plastic in the body. They also used wheels and suspension parts that are lighter than conventional parts.
Powering the BMW i3 EV production model is a 22 kwh electric motor that produces 170 horsepower and is capable of a restricted top speed of 93 mph. It has an estimated range of 80 to 100 miles, according to BMW. Plenty of acceleration to get your motor humming, a perk not often found in an earth-friendly model. Leave it to BMW to give EV some pep.
One of our favorite features is the suicide doors—we don’t get to see that very often in cars.
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