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BMW Set to Unveil Electric i3 Coupe Concept at the Los Angeles Auto Show

Posted By Marc Carter On November 28, 2012 @ 9:45 am In automotive,Electric Cars,Green Transportation,News | No Comments

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The first model from BMW’s new i electric range, the BMW i3 [1] is slated to arrive in 2013, and it will be followed by the i8 electric supercar [2] in 2014. BMW has big plans for its new i division and it’s set to unveil a new i3 concept – the i3 Coupe – at the 2012 Los Angeles Auto Show [3]. The i3 Coupe concept, as the name suggests, is basically a coupe version of the electric i3 [4].

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The i3 Coupe concept is wrapped in a carbon fiber body which—according to BMW [5]—is largely shaped by the gracefully flowing coupe roof line and the fresh interpretation of the BMW i “stream flow” design. Compared to the i3, the i3 Coupe concept is a bit wider and has a lower-slung look.

Like the BMW i3 Concept [4], the Coupe is also powered by an electric motor that generates 170 hp and 184 lb-ft. of torque that sends its power to the rear wheels. The electric motor draws its energy from the lithium-ion storage cells under the floor, which lowers the concept’s center of gravity.

The range covered by vehicles with an all-electric drive is very much dependent on driving style. The BMW i3 Coupe Concept helps the driver to optimize efficiency by choosing an appropriate vehicle set-up. The Driving Experience Control switch on the center console can be used to select the three driving modes, COMFORT, ECO PRO and ECO PRO+, which alters the electric [6] powertrain’s performance and range. For example, changing from COMFORT to ECO PRO mode can extend the vehicle’s range by as much as 20 percent. BMW [5] predicts that the i3 Coupe Concept will have a range of 100 miles.

BMW hasn’t announced if the i3 Coupe Concept will be produced, but it shows the potential of a possible i3 variant [4].

+ BMW [5]


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[1] BMW i3: http://inhabitat.com/bmw-unveils-an-updated-i3-concept-and-new-electric-i-pedelec-concept-in-london/

[2] i8 electric supercar: http://inhabitat.com/bmw-unveils-i8-concept-spyder-future-hybrid-supercar/

[3] 2012 Los Angeles Auto Show: http://inhabitat.com/index.php?s=2012+los+angeles+auto+show

[4] electric i3: http://inhabitat.com/photos-bmw-unveils-i3-electric-car-and-i8-hybrid-electric-vehicle-on-us-soil-for-the-first-time/

[5] BMW: http://www.bmwusa.com

[6] electric: http://inhabitat.com/transportation/

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