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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 Keeir on 7/29/2013 10:11:24 PM , Rating: 2
Friend, I think you don't really understand what your talking about...

Most states use relatively minor amount of coal. In the last 12 months, only 38% of ALL US electricity was generated by coal.

If you power an electric car off the US grid as an average, there is not a less poluting or less CO2 producing car. If you stick 3-4 people in one, you reach modern bus/train efficieny.

For Lithium. Typically it takes around ~3 lbs of Lithium Carbonate to refine enough likely for a 1 kWh Lithium Cobalt battery. Assuming this ratio is common/similiar to others, a 15 kWh battery (perfectly fine with a range extender) means you need... 45 lbs of Lithium Carbonate. (As a side note, Lithium Carbonate costs less than 1/lb right now. So in a Tesla Model S, you get around 300 dollars of lithium)

Lithium is not "strip" mined. Lithium disolves in water. The typical method today is to find a place that is hot and dry. Pump water in the ground and dry it out in pools.

Oh course, we could always just refine it out of Sea Water for around 2.50-5.00/lb. I think adding an additional 750 dollars to the cost of a 90,000 EV would be hardly noticable.

Or, best yet, a better type of battery is discovered. Zinc-Air for instance would work well in a 100% battery swap type system. Lithium is just the first that offers the power, recharging efficieny, and kWh/kg to make a car feasable.

"So if you want to save the planet, feel free to drive your Hummer. Just avoid the drive thru line at McDonalds." -- Michael Asher
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