01 Aug '11, 2am

BMW reveals i3 and i8 concept vehicles

BMW reveals i3 and i8 concept vehicles

BMW has given out the first details and images of its i3 and i8 models before the concepts are shown at the Frankfurt Motor Show One of the most notable features of the new design is a bodywork largely made of carbon fibre, described by BMW as a “revolution in automotive design.” The new material, which has never been used for a car body on a volume-production scale before, offers a weight reduction of between 250 and 350 kilograms, which should considerably lengthen the range and speed of the electric vehicles. The i3′s concept city car design currently offers a range of approximately 150 kilometers using a 125 kW electric motor, said BMW, with four seats and a 200-liter luggage compartment. Thanks to a weight of 1,250 kilograms, it can manage 0-100km/h in less than eight seconds, and the charging time is also pretty nippy, with an 80 percent charge in around an hour usin...

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