As expected, due to an official announcement, Bmw revealed today the i3 Concept, its all-new masterpiece that previews the vehicle designed for urban areas. The car is drive purely by electric power and embodies an intelligent form of urban transportation and commuting. The Bmw I3 Concept is powered by an electric motor found on the rear axle and capable to deliver a total output of 125 kW/170 hp and impressive torque of 250 Nm (184 lb-ft).
With these numbers, the vehicle is able to accelerate from 0 to 60 km/h (37 mph) in under four seconds and from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in less than eight seconds.
The secure arrangement of the battery in the Drive module gives the vehicle a very low centre of gravity and optimum weight distribution. Regarding the interior, the Life module conjures up a feeling of space inside the car, while select materials materials lend the open and airy cabin a lounge-like character.
According to the manufacturer, the elements found on the materials lend the open and airy cabin a lounge-like character, while the naturally tanned leather of the seats creates a lounge-style ambience.
Moreover, Bmw says that the car offers a boot capacity of around 200 litres, wide-opening opposing “coach” doors, four seats and an additional functional compartment in the front – this means that the all-new i3 Concept is ready for the demands of everyday use. What is really interesting is that the I3 will offer range-extending functions, such as ECO PRO mode.
The concepts of the BMW i3 and BMW i8 are inspired by the BMW’s LifeDrive design technology. Still, the two models employ an entirely different geometric implementation.
The i3 concept for one uses the horizontal-split variant to adapt to the BMW model’s electric drive system. In this case, the Drive module supports the Life cell mounted over it.
For improved range capacity, the battery was made even bigger. After all, it serves as the driving element of the module’s fundamental design. Meanwhile, the i3 Concept battery is stored under the BMW’s flooring in order to provide space efficiency. Due to this, the car has better dynamics because the weight is distributed properly around the centre.
The BMW i3 concept battery is confined in an aluminium shell to protect against external elements and strong impacts. In case of collision, energy absorbing crash active structures are already in place.
Overall, the electric drive system is relatively more compact as compared to a typical combustion engine. It already houses the drive electronics, gear assembly and electric motor without eating up so much space under the hood. Thus, when it comes to pure electric vehicle standards, the BMW i3 Concept provides fully optimised architecture configuration from the LifeDrive technology.
The i3’s chassis is also suitable for daily city driving. In fact, it can provide an outstanding response even while driving at low gear. Likewise, the rear wheel drive’s steering function offers optimum performance since the front axle is not susceptible to any driving force. On the other hand, the torque gives an impressive traction for dynamic handling.
For its interiors, the very spacious LifeDrive module gives way to a brand-new design for the BMW i3 concept vehicle. All the Drive components were used in the new module so that the interior won’t need any more adjustments to generate more power along the rear wheels.
Comfort and convenience also wait behind the doors of the new BMW i3. The absence of B-pillars instead gives back a highly sufficient space for a more comfortable entry. The Concept car can also fit four passengers and still provide a handy space for the luggage with up to 200L boot space.
To make the most of the cabin area, the concept vehicle has strategically designed the bonnet to give extra room for other personal belongings as well as a neat little space for the charging cable.
As a whole, the BMW i3 Concept delivers more spacious interiors as compared to similar vehicles with the exact wheelbase. Add to that the full-width seat bench that provides improved functionality for city driving.