Bmw using infrared heating for its electric vehicles

Article by Christian A., on September 20, 2012

Infrared heating surfaces offer many advantages compared to conventional heaters and air conditioners that heat the air inside the vehicle and then transfer the heat to the driver and passengers. In Infrared heating, the energy is converted into infrared radiation and Bmw knows this very well. This would then directly warm the occupants' bodies.

One minute after the system is switched on, the heating effect is operational. Furthermore, the heat generated by infrared heating surfaces gets distributed without requiring drafts of air and is totally silent. The modern infrared heating surfaces promote low power consumption as well as a significant boost in the passengers' level of comfort.

When the infrared heating surfaces are used on battery electric vehicles (BEVs), there will be higher yield gains in efficiency. The infrared heating surfaces can also create a cosier climate within the vehicle. It’s possible that there will soon be separate regulated circuits, analogous to seat heating, with which the occupants can individually establish their own degree of comfort. The passengers can have their individual heating system so only occupied seats may be heated and this will cut energy consumption.

All over the world, personal mobility is a concern for all customers. Ecological, social, and economic issues are becoming more evident. Worldwide developments like climate change, increasing urbanization and scarcity of resources demand for new solutions. BMW i is ready to provide them. BMW represents visionary car concepts, inspiring design and a new approach to premium that is strongly identified by sustainability.

In the first series-produced model by BMW i, the i3, zero-emission mobility in a prime vehicle package is guaranteed to be the perfect method for pure driving excitement. The first BMW Group model that runs on electric power alone gives clients completely new and innovative ways to experience a fun ride, connectivity and sustainability on urban roads.

The innovative design of the i3 features both BMW's unique athletic capacity and the efficiency of a 4-seater with genuine clarity. Its modern car concept, that includes a passenger compartment built from carbon-fiber-reinforced plastic (CFRP), puts together safety, roominess and stability. On the other hand, the mobility services and driver assistance systems from BMW Connected Drive and the 360° ELECTRIC services - all improved specifically for BMW i - convert zero-emission urban mobility to a spectacular driving experience.

BMW i3's electric motor powering produces a max output of 125 kW/170 hp and a max torque of 250 Newton metres (184 lb-ft). Its instant power runs to the back wheels through a single-speed transmission. The motor gets its energy straight from lithium-ion storage cells installed below the car. The noticeable lower center of gravity of this model - because of the low, central placement of the batteries - and well distributed weight contribute to an additional advantage to the vehicle's agile handling. The battery provides the vehicle a daily drive of 130 - 160 kilometres (81 - 99 miles) when completely charged from a traditional domestic power outlet, BMW i Wallbox or public charging station.

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