Gallery: PHOTOS: BMW Unveils i3 Electric Car and i8 Hybrid Electric Veh...

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The i8's ultra lightweight set of components cancels out the extra weight added by the electric drive system.

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  1. KirstenJ March 29, 2012 at 5:27 am

    BMW said in a statement, the project will try to increase “the performance and capacity of lithium-ion battery cells through the use of new combinations of materials for cathodes, anodes and electrolytes.”

    The BMW i8 looks like something out of Tron! One of the best looking cars I’ve seen in a long while…

    Interesting to hear yesterday that BMW and Toyota are now collaborating to develop lithium-ion battery cells for electric cars.


  2. Bobberbow December 30, 2011 at 12:49 am

    I wonder when the i8 comes out?

  3. JordanB2710 November 14, 2011 at 11:49 pm

    PV solar cells wouldn’t contribute much to the powering the cars, they’d just be good to help with things like the A/C like on the Leaf. You have to be impressed with the fact BMW has researching how to make mass produced cars out of carbon fibre which no one lese has ever done so this is one of the reasons they haven’t released these two cars yrs ago as its taken them ten yrs to find out how to make them out of this material and not have to price them as highly as the supercars. Anyone that knows about carbon fibre will know its strong yet very light which is something you really want when you have a heavy powerplant like batteries.

  4. yourecofriend November 11, 2011 at 4:15 pm

    I would love to see solar vehicles with pv panels on them. I don’t understand why they don’t have this, especially when we can use a thin skin solar…


  5. jtreske November 10, 2011 at 5:13 pm

    What happened to BMW’s argument that their path was to the more efficient gasoline engine? I thought they were not entering the electric market. Don’t get me wrong, I’m glad they have, but I feel like they could have done this several years ago already…

  6. electric38 November 10, 2011 at 2:49 pm

    The building of a consumer owned solar rooftop infrastructure could not have come at a better time! Charging these vehicles by using the free energy of the sun is a cool idea. Too bad the German engineers have not come up with an economy electric car priced for the present economy. Having more people eliminate their monthly power bill, along with their weekly gasoline costs will certainly help the economy.

  7. brownlace November 10, 2011 at 1:05 pm

    “…250-350 miles on a single tank of gas”, enough said! I’ve been drooling over electric/hybrid cars for the past few days. This is nice!

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