BMW Plans to Launch First Electric Car

BMW is preparing for the launch of their first electric car in late 2013.

Online PR News – 26-January-2013 – O'Fallon, IL – BMW will start production of the i3 electric car at the end of 2013.
The BMW i3 will be BMW’s first electric car. The i3 and i3 coupe models will be manufactured at the Leipzig plant in Germany, with advanced development in carbon fiber and weight savings technology.
The i3 models will be powered by an electric motor with 170 horse power and 184 lb-ft of torque. One of the remarkable features is that it channels all of its power to its rear wheels by a single speed transmission. All of the energy drawn in by the electric motor is from lithium-ion storage cells under the floor. By placing the batter units there, it has lowered the center of gravity, thus giving the car an agile driving experience.
The BMW i3 will be able to accelerate from 0-37 miles per hour in just under four seconds, and have the ability to reach 62 miles per hour in right around eight seconds. The standard electric drivetrain will have a range of 60-90 miles on a single charge. BMW will offer an extended range package with the i3, with a two cylinder engine. The extended package will allow for an additional 250 miles on a tank of gas.
Storage space for the BMW i3 is going to be split between two areas. The 14.1 cubic feet of space is divided behind the rear seats, and in the “frunk”, which is located underneath the hood.
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