BMW i3 Hybrid Electric Vehicle Set for Production — Car News

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A three-quarter front view of the BMW i3 at the 2012 Los Angeles Auto Show After previously experimenting with electric power for the ActiveE Concept, BMW is finally ready to enter the EV segment with the all-new i3, a lithium-ion battery-powered hatchback set for commercial release in the second quarter of 2014. Formerly known as the “Megacity Vehicle,” the BMW i3 features a 170-horsepower electric motor that gives the car a range of 80-100 miles and propels it from 0-60 mph in a respectable 7 seconds. The i3 also comes with the option of a supplemental gas-powered engine that increases its range to about 170 miles on a single charge. Lightweight materials like carbon fiber and aluminum are used extensively to reduce weight and increase efficiency, giving the i3 a projected EPA rating of 120 MPGe (the electric vehicle equivalent of miles per gallon). Of course, drivers can manage their efficiency and battery usage through a cool suite of apps that can be accessed via smart phone. For those looking for even more performance from their electric-powered vehicle, the BMW i8 may be worth the wait. Expected to hit showrooms roughly a year after the i3, this plug-in hybrid sports coupe is powered by a turbocharged inline-3 and an AC synchronous electric motor that combine to give the i8 360 horsepower and 420 lb-ft of torque. Keep checking back for pricing and other info on these electrifying rides as we near their release date. Related Content: BMW to Launch All-Electric “Megacity” Vehicle More Car News Top 10 Electric Cars Alternative Fuel Vehicles BMW Reviews BMW Website