BMW set to showcase the i3 at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September 2013
|   Thursday, August 08, 2013
BMW set up new vision in the world of electric vehicles when it decided to start work on a new lineup. The result is the BMW I series and the first passenger friendly vehicle to emerge from the lineup is the latest BMW i3. This vehicle is a one of a kind machine and has the functionality which distinguishes this car from the others in class.

Although this vehicle looks different than the i3 Concept visualized at the Frankfurt motor Show 2011, some of the dynamics on this vehicle have been changed.
The original three door body structure has been retained while the rear wheel drive structure adds practicality to the ride. The i3 is expected to be formally introduced to the BMW lineup post the Frankfurt Motor Show this September and this is exciting news for the market.

Expected to be priced at £30,680 (including the £5,000 rebate commanded by electric vehicles), this is at par with the other competitors in the market such as the Nissan Leaf. BMW is also offering easy installment schemes in Britain to encourage commuters to opt for an environment friendly and cheap mode of communication. Although specific efficiency figures are yet to be revealed, the BMW i3 should do considerably well in the market.

The i3 belongs to a class of mega urban rides which BMW is planning on launching within the course of the next few years. Research and Development on the I Series took up much time and resource and BMW plans on investing in infrastructure along with the required Governments in order to encourage people to think about an alternative mode of transportation.

The car is built out of carbon fiber which reduces the general weight of the vehicle while the general weight of the car is close to 1195 kg. This is 230 kg less than the other vehicles in class and hence the efficiency of the car is without doubt quite high. The carbon fiber used on the car is not just any carbon fiber. It is one of the hardest of the face of the earth.

The B pillars and coach styled hinged doors are also new additions to the car while the dimensions make it easily accessible as compared to most urban vehicles. The BMW i3 is the very first vehicle from the company to be based on pure electric drive train. People who were lucky enough to test ride the i3 have also claimed that this vehicle features one of the best controls in class and the steering column was been specially adjusted to give this car a unique drive feel.

The engine is expected to displace close to 168 BHP along with 184 ft lb of torque and this is more than the Mini Cooper. The i3 sure looks poised to capture a large chunk of the market. However, the major question which arises at the moment is whether people would actually pay a handsome price for an urban commuter. This is a mystery still unsolved.
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