The market’s acceptance of electric vehicles has not exactly been enthusiastic but regardless, BMW still launched its first store for its i sub-brand on Park Lane in London. At the grand opening of the store, BMW displayed the updated i3 model and the i Pedelec, a foldable electric bicycle. BMW is hoping that there will be one i Pedelec for every i3 on the streets.
Once the compact bike is folded, it can fit in the trunk of the i3. Its frame is built from lightweight aluminum and carbon fiber. BMW even claims that two i Pedelecs can be placed in the i3’s trunk. The i Pedelec has an electric motor, an electronic management system and a high-performance battery that permit the rider to reach a speed of 16 mph.
Because of the limited speed, the rider won’t be required to have a license. There is also no need for registration or insurance. Depending on the body size of the rider, the i Pedelec could travel anywhere from 16 to 25 miles on a single charge. Charging the i Pedelec could be done while it’s inside the i3’s trunk or while using a standard electric plug. BMW said that it takes four hours for a regular full charge but it can take as short as 1.5 hours with a quick charge.
The new BMW i3 Concept Coupe – as unveiled at the 2012 Los Angeles Auto Show – represents the commitment of the BMW Group to a sustainable premium-class car with zero emissions. Even while BMW is presenting the i3 Concept Coupe at the LA Auto Show, the premium carmaker is already in the midst of the development process to bring the i brand’s very first all-electric model to series production.
Overall, the BMW i3 Concept Coupe boasts of a state-of-the-art and open design that comes to signify a new form of urban mobility that fuses luxury and sustainability awareness. In addition, the BMW i3 Concept Coupe boasts a design language specifically developed and created for the cars of BMW i brand -- one that exudes both dynamism and driving pleasure.
Featuring a body made from carbon fiber, the BMW i3 Concept Coupe features a flowing coupe roof line as well as side window with a new take on the BMW I’s "stream flow" design. This combo of design cues makes the BMW i3 Concept Coupe appears light and aerodynamically streamlined. This body houses a cabin that isn’t only impressively spacious but is also luxuriously comfortable, thanks to its lounge-style ambience provided by its two individual rear seats.
Furthermore, the new BMW i3 Concept Coupe could be considered as the first fully networked electric vehicle in the world, thanks to the so-called BMW ConnectedDrive. This system comes with functions developed for use in production vehicles. Aside from operating the navigation system, BMW ConnectedDrive allows for a seamless transfer of information between the BMW i3 Concept Coupe, the driver’s smartphone unit and the outside world.
In terms of propulsion system, the BMW i3 Concept Coupe is powered by an electric motor from the BMW Group -- a unit that delivers 125 kW (170 hp) of max output and 250 Nm (184 lb.-ft.) of peak torque. This electric version of the BMW eDrive technology sends power to the rear wheels through a single-speed transmission while getting its juice from a lithium-ion battery pack. This battery pack is installed under the floor of the BMW i3 Concept Coupe, thereby helping lower the car’s center gravity and making it more agile in terms of handling.