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Old 03-16-2011, 08:35 AM   #1
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Default Radical BMW i3 - first pics

MW has started pre-production testing on its radical i3 electric vehicle, spied in Sweden last week.Known previously as the Megacity Vehicle, the i3 is built around a carbonfibre-reinforced plastic (CFRP) passenger cell, which sits on a combined aluminium chassis and crash structure. It’s expected to cost well in excess of £30,000 when it goes on sale in 2013.

The electric motor — designed and built by BMW — develops “over 100kW”. It is mounted under the boot floor, driving the rear wheels without the need for a multiple-ratio gearbox. The battery pack — expected to be good for around 100 miles — sits between the aluminium chassis, under the floor.

Although BMW has so far only confirmed a pure battery-powered version of the i3, a senior BMW engineering source told Autocar that he was most in favour of a ‘range-extender’ version, using a small on-board internal combustion engine and generator to charge the battery pack for longer journeys.

Interestingly, this i3 prototype seems to have a cooling air intake in the nose, of the type required for such an onboard engine/generator.

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Old 03-16-2011, 09:39 AM   #2
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Old 03-16-2011, 09:43 AM   #3
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yup, mega city concept now known as i3. Dont worry tho, They are actually going to send the U.S. a M version based off of Vision concept thats quicker than an M3 and gets 60mpg
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Looks like a Dodge Caliber....
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Old 03-16-2011, 05:41 PM   #6
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Old 03-16-2011, 05:43 PM   #7
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That's a BMW
They should market it as a Mini. At least in the States. If they won't do that, then I want a 320d, dammit! Allegedly they don't want to "dilute the brand" with such a low powered diesel offering in the States.
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so radical it looks like a reskinned mini
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