Following the successful launch of the ‘i’ sub-brand, BMW is now expanding production capabilities in anticipation of electrifying its conventional fleet of vehicles. Two new production lines building electric motors and the lithium-ion battery packs that supply them with energy have been commissioned for the German carmaker’s Dingolfing plant. More than 200 additional staff are
Most electric and plug-in hybrids have an image problem, seen as earnest transportation pods. The BMW i8 shatters that stereotype, earning attention normally reserved for Italian exotics but with a particularly modern sensibility. We talk about driving this very high-tech car. There’s also some discussion of the Tesla Model S.
Formula E Gets Wirelessly Charged Up Four plug-in BMWs will be support vehicles (safety, medical, etc.) for the all-electric Formula E racing series. These 4 vehicles have now been fitted (or will be soon) with Qualcomm Halo wireless charging technology. Per Formula E: All four BMWs have been specifically modified to meet FIA requirements, with
The Electric Highway rapid charging network has had almost a four-fold rise in the number of vehicles plugging in over the last nine months, according to green utility company Ecotricity, which is responsible for running it. A total of 4,080 cars used the network in the last quarter of 2013, more than doubling to 8,891
Futuristic, extended-range car reveals a whole different side to the German automaker After a nine-month wait, we’ve just taken delivery of the futuristic-looking BMW i3, a tall, rear-drive, electric-powered hatchback. This is a quick-and-quirky little car with a driving experience quite unlike anything else, for better and worse. While the base car is a pure
I am very, very excited about my new electric BMW i3. In the interests of accurate journalism, I ought to point out that it’s still not here, despite what I said a month or two back, but that’s probably because it’s being recharged somewhere on the way from Germany. Badoom tsch! But I’m still very
BMW built the futuristic looking i3 from the ground up. It’s a tall, rear-drive, electric-powered hatchback that feels quick and easy to maneuver.
UK Rapid Charge Network (RCN) project, through the European Union’s Trans-European Transport Network (TEN-T) program, attracted four automakers – BMW, Nissan, Renault and Volkswagen, which will join forces to build a network of a multi-standard fast chargers in Ireland and Europe. According to the latest news, 10 out of 74 of the multi-standard chargers are