Up until now, if you can claim being near a publicly available fast charger, you're probably among the fortunate few in a handful of major cities (or among a few electric-highway projects, mostly on the West Coast). And for vehicles like the all-electric version of the 2014 BMW i3, which use the new SAE Combo 1 connector rather than the more common CHAdeMO standard, you're more likely to be simply out of luck. That might change soon however, as BMW will soon be offering a 24-kW DC fast charging unit, in conjunction with supplier Bosch, that costs just $6,548. The system, which is smaller and...
BMW Announces New i Eco Concept For 2012 Los Angeles Auto Show
The first vehicles from BMW’s new i division for sustainability and future mobility, the i3 electric hatch and i8 plug-in hybrid sports car, are nearing the end of their development phase and will be launched on the market in 2013 and 2014, respectively. However, BMW shows no signs of slowing...Viknesh Vijayenthiran
Fan Of The BMW i8 Concept? Catch It In New York, This November
As production edges ever closer for BMW's i3 and i8 electric vehicles, examples of each are touring the globe and letting fans get a closer look. The BMW i 'Born Electric' Tour kicked off in Rome back in June, and is set to make a stop in New York City from November 13-18. The tour lets members of...Antony Ingram
BMW Unveils C evolution Electric Scooter Prototype
BMW is giving us a preview of yet another vehicle it plans to launch under its i sub-brand for environmentally friendly modes of transportation, this time in the form of the latest C evolution electric scooter prototype. Developed together with the automaker’s two-wheel division, BMW...Viknesh Vijayenthiran
BMW i Born Electric Tour Gets Underway, First Stop Rome
The first cars from BMW’s new i sub-brand are set to go on sale next year and in the lead up to their arrival BMW will be sending concept versions on a world tour to help further build awareness of the eco-friendly brand. The new tour is the BMW i Born Electric Tour, which has just kicked off...Viknesh Vijayenthiran
Blowin' In The Wind: Turbines To Power BMW Leipzig Factory
However green cars are able to get, the process of building thousands of them every year still isn't particularly environmentally friendly. The manufacturers are doing all they can to improve this. GM's Detroit-Hamtramck factory that produces the Chevrolet Volt is equipped with several solar panel...Antony Ingram
BMW has confirmed it’s poached GM’s former head of product planning, Frank Weber, to fill the role of head of vehicle architecture and integration at the luxury automaker. Weber, a key engineer in the development of the Chevrolet Volt and its Voltec range-extending electric drive system, will now report to BMW’s R&D chief Klaus Draeger and is likely destined to work on further development of BMW’s new ‘i’ range of electric cars. Weber’s expertise on electric car development will be crucial for BMW's new i branded models such as the upcoming i3...