BMW i3 Concept

By - July 29th, 2011

From this morning’s presentation at Frankfurt, it seems like BMW wants all of us to have our very own vehicles of flight as our mode of transportation. An idea not too far fetched considering the emblem of BMW is an abstract rending of a 4-blade propeller. But until the Bavarian-base company works out a scale of economy for personal aerial machines, the BMW i3 Concept will have to do for now. Part of the BMW i venture, the BMW i3 Concept is the solution to our ever growing urban centers. Powered by a 170-horsepower electric motor with the ability to propel it from 0 to 60 mph in under 8 seconds, the nimble errands runner’s liquid-cooled lithium-ion battery bank is at 80% charge capacity with only an hour at the charging station. Underneath is a brand new manufacturing methodology, the LifeDrive concept. Compartmentalized in Life aspect, where a composite of aluminum and carbon fiber-reinforced plastic (CFRP) makes up a strong, lightweight cell for the passengers. As for the Drive aspect, the battery bank, transmission, and drive-train are all underneath the Life cell, this layout enables BMW engineers to free up more space. Zero-emission and a drive range of 150 kilometers, or about 93 miles between charges, BMW has an ambitious goal of launch the i3 Concept in 2013.