You wouldn’t know it from the way BMW badmouths electric vehicles, but the company is hard at work producing several EVs. One of those, the i3 (formerly called the “Megacity Vehicle”), is expected to come with a 100-mile range and a price tag of only $35,000. But that’s not the biggest news here. The BMW i3’s body and internal structure will largely be composed of lightweight composite materials such as carbon-fiber-reinforced plastic.
This not only makes the vehicle lighter to increase efficiency but changes the way the i3, and if the technology proves itself, subsequent BMWs, will be built. What do you think about having your next EV built from carbon-fiber-reinforced plastic? Is it an inspired innovation or will it make your car too much of a lightweight on the road?