BMW electric cars could make a real impact
|   Saturday, April 27, 2013
BMW has produced electric cars since the 1972 Olympic Games that were held in Munich. A couple of cars were given to the Olympic Games committee as the official cars for that event. Then the cars were run on lead batteries that gave a speed of 31 miles per hour and could easily cover around 37 miles on those batteries. The weight of the car was a mere 350 kilos.

Later the Elektro was launched. The car had replaceable batteries. Once the batteries ran out of charge you could replace the batteries with charged batteries and you could leave the exhausted batteries to charge up again.
This car had a top speed of 62 miles per hour. The car also had an electric motor which acted like a generator.

After this the E30 325iX was launched. This was a far better car than the previous ones. This car showed the actual development that BMW was trying to implement on their electric cars. The drive of the car was a lot better compared to the previous ones and the batteries were replaced by sodium sulphate batteries instead of lead batteries.

Changing the batteries was a great move on the part of the car producer. This was a great piece of thinking. What this did was the energy of the batteries was increased and it also reduced the weight of the car by a considerable amount. This meant that the car was entitled to cover an excess of 93 miles in the city traffic. This made the car a much better option.

From then on BMW went on a serious note to make these electric cars a real success. The company tried many experiments and finally the E1 was launched that claimed to hit 0 to 62 miles an hour in just 8.5 seconds. This was history in the making.

Six years were spent by the company to make sure that the car was a good one. The batteries were finally changed to lithium ion batteries that we see today. The car weigh was reduced a lot and the torque of the car was increased. There was an additional box charging option in these cars.

The battery of these cars was better and could charge up to 75 percent in just about 40 minutes. To charge the battery completely it could take a mere 150 minutes which was great for a car of this calibre. The cars were launched for trials in US and UK. The response from the people was good and it encouraged the company into building more specimens of these battery operated cars. The cars could now cover 100 miles on these batteries.

Finally in 2011 the BMW MCV i3 was made. This car had all the features of a coupe. It was a great looking car that had all the upgraded features in it to cope up with the pressures of time and competition. Hopefully we will see a lot more innovation in this sector from BMW.
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