BMW has planned to launch its Electric Car - The BMW i3 in India in 2014. Developed and designed as a part of BMW's 'Project i', a program aimed to develop a light-weight eco-friendly urban electric car that tackles the issues related to mobility and sustainability of the people living in megacities. Powered by a 125 kw motor run by lithium-ion batteries, the BMW i3 features a range of about 150 km on a single charge. The vehicle is manufactured such that it does not need an internal combustion engine up front. In order to make it truly lightweight, the company has made the i3 bear the tag of being the first mass production car to have most of its internal structure and body being made of carbon-fiber reinforced plastic (CFRP) sitting on an aluminium rolling chassis. The car weighs less than 1200 kg and has a top speed of 150 kmph.
The i3 allows the owner to charge the high-voltage battery from a conventional socket. The BMW i3 has a number of charging functions. For a Fast charge, with the use of the BMW i Wallbox Pure, AC fast charging can take less than 3 hours. The BMW i3 allows the driver to select the car energy consumption through three different drive modes: COMFORT, ECO PRO or ECO PRO+ mode. The car accelerates from 0 to 100 kmph in 7.9 seconds and as you can see from the images above the interiors are made out of natural fibres and wood that give you a plush look and make the car a sustainable model.
There's a lot more to the car and we are only now starting to read reviews of the 5-seater sedan. Check out the official launch video of the BMW i3 here if you already haven't -
Also interesting to see is the following video that shows the BMW i3 and an interview with Benoit Jacob, head of BMW i Design. Check it out -