BMW i3 Concept Coupe: official specs released

Article by Christian A., on February 17, 2013

The BMW i3 Concept Coupe is set to appear for the first time in Europe at the Geneva Auto Show along with the BMW i8 Concept Spyder. Considered to be among the major factors in electric mobility are vehicle range and charging infrastructure. The BMW i3 is equipped with the eDrive powertrain, which means that its battery needs to be recharged only once every two or three days for the usual commuting usage.

This is equivalent to a distance from 130 to 160 kilometres (80 to 100 miles). A specially created high-voltage lithium-iron battery powers the drive system and all the other auto functions in the BMW i3. As a result, the battery is not as affected by temperature fluctuations and its energy output and range don’t suffer as much as other batteries.

BMW i3 was also designed for its electric parts to use lower energy. In fact, certain driving modes can extend the range by as much as 25%. The BMW i3 is the first fully networked electric vehicle in the world. Drivers get frequent updates on range estimates. The drivers can also program the system to indicate the location of charging stations near their destination.

Just the press of a button reserves a slot for the driver. The driver also gets notified of the duration of the charge needed for a certain travel or for the return trip. BMW also offers an optional range extender to increase the driving range to about 300 kilometres (186 miles).

Shifting the design ethos created just for BMW i cars to a coupe resulted in a body styling that shouts of the fun to be had at wheel while still simply indicating sustainable mobility. BMW i3 Concept Coupe's appearance lets the BMW values of effectiveness, grace, safety, and high-quality shine out, as well as the distinct lively bias. The exterior surfaces and colours are created so as to imagine the basic build outlined by the LifeDrive architecture.

The concept of overlapping levels, or layering, symbolizes the interaction between the attractive construction and design components of the Life and Drive elements, and provide the fundamentals for a clarity in the design that confirms its sustainability.

For example, the carbon-fibre material’s structure used in the Life module can be distinctly viewed in the entrance and the roof pillars when opening the door. In here, as the two-dimensional CFRP laminate normally applied for load-bearing elements enter view, the material's composition becomes specifically noticeable.

Its body panels around the wheel arches, doors, and rear sidewalls are painted in Solar Orange metallic, a warm shade exuding energy created just for the BMW i3 Concept Coupe. These create a striking contrast with the high-gloss black finish on the roof, bonnet, and boot lid, and with the black lower edge of the body.

Topics: bmw, bmw i3, concept, coupe

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