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It will be released in the U.S. during Q2 2014

BMW announced today that the electric i3 will go on sale in the U.S. during the second quarter of 2014.

The BMW i3 will have an abundance of features, such as three trim levels (Mega, Giga and Tera). It will also sport a 22-kilowatt, 450-pound lithium ion battery, which will provide power to a rear-mounted electric motor. The i3 packs 170 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque, allowing the single-gear i3 to accelerate from 0-30 miles per hour in 3.5 seconds and 0-60 mph in about 7.0 seconds. However, its top speed is 93 MPH. 

The i3 has an electric range of 80-100 miles, and the battery can be charged with a standard system in about three hours. For those who need faster charging, there's the SAE DC Combo Fast Charger for a full charge in only 30 minutes. An optional 34-hp, 650cc two-cylinder generator can be added for additional range. 

The EV will also offer its LifeDrive architecture, which is the overall design of the vehicle through the Life Module and the Drive Module. The Life Module is the first mass-produced monocoque made of carbon fiber reinforced plastic (CFRP), and it's 30 percent lighter than aluminum for an overall weight of 2,700 pounds. The Drive Module, on the other hand, is an aluminum chassis placed under the Life Module, and it contains parts like the battery. 

"The new all-electric BMW i3 is a landmark in BMW's mission to provide a completely sustainable, electric vehicle that still stays true to the Ultimate Driving Machine moniker," said BMW. "The BMW i3 is the first product of the new BMW i sub-brand, and is a truly purpose built electric car. It's a new era for electro mobility at BMW."

The i3 will have a price tag of $41,350 when released in the U.S. during Q2 2014. 

Source: BMW

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RE: huh?
By toffty on 7/29/2013 7:12:26 PM , Rating: 1
It takes more electricity to just REFINE a gallon of OIL than it does to drive 20 miles in my Nissan Leaf.

This doesn't even bring in the fuel that's burned to transport the oil or pump it either.

RE: huh?
By Keeir on 7/29/2013 10:16:49 PM , Rating: 2
Very little electricity is required to refine a gallon of gasoline. Now, refinaries will use alot of electricity, but I doubt you are considering the lights at the local power plant as counting against an EV.

What is required for refining is significant heat source. Typically this heat is provided by Natural Gas or crude products. If these BTUs were turned into electricity, then you would get significant milage out of any EV. Some rough math based on ANL efficienys says you'd be able to charge ~2 kWh into a battery of an EV for each gallon of crude refined to products. So 8-12 miles.

RE: huh?
By Spuke on 7/30/2013 1:36:53 AM , Rating: 2
Always good stuff Keeir. Appreciate your facts not emotional, religious BS.

RE: huh?
By Reflex on 7/30/2013 6:50:07 PM , Rating: 2
The cost of keeping the lights on at the power plant is certainly factored into the cost of electricity sold. Besides, at the end of the day I did the math on driving my diesel Jeep vs driving a Tesla. I spend about $3500/year on diesel. I would spend about $370/year in electricity for a Tesla.

I didn't even get into the difference in maintenance costs. But damn does electric start paying for itself fast.

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