As we previously set, BMW will introduce most probably by 2013 the first two models bearing the new i electric badge.
We talk about BMW i3, a three-door four-seater city model that will benefit from a lightweight aluminum structure and most probably is the model associated with the MegaCity project. From the first details, the electric engine that will propel the new BMW i3 benefits from a rear-wheel drive system, is fitted with lithium-ion batteries and is able to develop around 170 horsepower.
What is interesting is that the electric unit one the new i3 will be placed somewhere in the rear, the battery pack being able to offer you a driving range of 160 kilometers.
The new i3 and i8 will benefit from BMW’s LifeDrive system including a carbon fiber cell and an aluminum chassis. About the new i8, the things get more clear as the well-known BMW Vision EfficientDynamics is actually the new i8, a vehicle which will be a sporty supercar with an electric engine under the bonnet and a conventional one having the mission to charge the batteries.
The new BMW i3 will also benefit from a special version that will have an extra conventional engine which will significantly increase the driving range if you consider that the standard model does not provide enough autonomy.