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BMW May Add More Battery-Cars

New i5 crossover and larger SUV among options.

by on Aug.07, 2015

BMW is reportedly adding a new i3 battery crossover that would be similar in size to the current X3.

BMW’s CEO has added more evidence to suggest the Bavarian maker will expand its battery-based sub-brand, BMW i. While Chief Executive Harald Krueger didn’t offer specifics, a new electrified crossover is believed to be one of the options under development.

Meanwhile, sources suggest that BMW may add a big battery-electric SUV to its main brand in a direct challenge to the Tesla Model X sedan due to debut in the coming weeks. Separately, the German company is said to be reexamining the opportunities of working with Apple on the new high-tech vehicle the Silicon Valley powerhouse reportedly wants to develop.

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“Between the i3 and the i8, there is space if you look at it from the number point of view,” Harald Krueger said in an interview with the Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung.

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BMW Nixes Tesla Alliance

German maker says “nein” to battery, component partnership.

by on Dec.03, 2014

BMW put to bed rumors of plans to tie up with Tesla, just weeks after Elon Musk suggested the possibility.

It can be a challenge deciphering the constant flow of tweets and blog posts emerging from Tesla Motors’ Silicon Valley headquarters, especially those penned by CEO Elon Musk. And there have been plenty of questions raised about a recent revelation that Tesla was talking to Germany’s BMW about a possible alliance deal.

Whether there were ever any real discussions is far from clear, but what is indisputable is that BMW has formally ruled out any plans to cooperate with the ambitious California battery-carmaker.

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After a spokesman initially downplayed such a possibility, suggesting BMW frequently talks to possible partners, senior officials made it clear in an interview with the German business magazine, Wirtschaftswoche, that they aren’t interested. And by that, they explained, there would be no alliance, nor any acquisition of Tesla stock by the Bavarian maker. (more…)

BMW and Partner Will Triple Production of Carbon Fiber

Big plans for lightweight material.

by on May.09, 2014

BMW's i8 plug-in hybrid sports car is one of several models making extensive use of carbon fiber.

BMW and its partner SGL Automotive plan to triple their production of carbon fiber, a lightweight, but traditional expensive, material that many believe could be crucial to meeting future emissions and mileage mandates – and to making battery-electric vehicles, such as the BMW i3 and i8, more acceptable to consumers.

A number of automakers, including Toyota and General Motors, have been looking for ways to both lower the cost of, while also expanding production of, carbon fiber.

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But BMW has one of the most ambitious programs underway with SGL’s assistance, the partners operating plants in both Moses Lake, Washington and in Germany. The U.S. plant will now benefit from an additional investment of $200 million and is expected to become the world’s larger producer of carbon fiber reinforced plastics, or CFRP.

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BMW Strives for 100,000 Electric Vehicles by 2020

EVs needed to meet tougher European emissions standards.

by on Mar.20, 2014

BMW is counting on the i3 and i8 to help the maker meet the EU emission standards in 2020.

Looming tougher emissions standards in Europe has automakers on the continent hustling to find ways to make sure they meet the 2020 mandate. BMW plans to build more than 100,000 electric vehicles annually to achieve the goal.

BMW CEO Norbert Reithofer told reporters yesterday that the German maker will increase production levels of its i3 and i8 in 2018 in anticipation of getting to 100,000 units annually in order to meet the stricter carbon dioxide emission standards, according to Automotive News.

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BMW wants to cut its average emissions to 105 grams per km by 2020. That would be down from 133g/km last year. The European Union set an industry-wide goal of 95g/km by 2021, down from about 130g/km now. However, the targets are individual to each company depending upon the type of vehicles each produces. (more…)

BMW Is Plugged In – But Not Charged Up – About Battery Cars

Launches new EV car sharing program, but predicts marginal battery car sales.

by on Aug.22, 2012

San Franciscans can now rent a BMW ActiveE using a smartphone app.

BMW is plugging into the nascent electric vehicle market.  But that doesn’t mean it’s all that charged up about the technology’s opportunities, especially in the U.S., near-term.

Perhaps the best opportunity to create a market, the maker appears to be betting, is through non-traditional marketing efforts, such as the new DriveNow car-sharing service it has partnered with in San Francisco.

Without significant new incentives, senior BMW executives caution, direct EV sales to consumers will likely remain little more than an asterisk on the sales charts.

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With little fanfare, BMW quietly began letting DriveNow begin renting out its new 3-Series-based ActiveE battery-electric vehicle in late June.  At a growing number of automated locations in the city – with a center coming at San Francisco International Airport – motorists can pick up an ActiveE and use it for as little as a half hour or keep it for several days.

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First Look: BMW i8 Concept Spyder

Getting a charge out of battery power.

by on Apr.02, 2012

The BMW i8 plug-in sports car goes topless.

Who says battery cars have to be dull and boring?  BMW is determined to prove that electric propulsion can charge up buyers as it prepares to roll out its all-new sub-brand, BMW i.

The maker has already confirmed plans to stock the new marque’s showrooms with two models: the i3 battery-electric city car and the i8 plug-in hybrid. As TheDetroitBureau.com previously reported, we can anticipate several more models to follow – possibly including one based on the open-air prototype, the i8 Concept Spyder.

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Significantly, the maker refers to it as “the third BMW i model,” which would suggest that it will soon drop the “concept” designation and roll out a production version.

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BMW Ready to Add i4 and i5 to Battery-Car Line-Up.

Both models to rely on lightweight carbon fiber.

by on Aug.10, 2011

The BMW i8 and i3 models may soon have a few siblings in the showroom.

BMW plans to rapidly expand its battery-car line-up, according to various sources, adding two more models to the new i sub-brand that it has already confirmed will include the little i3 and sporty 18 models.

The two new models, i4 and i5, will make extensive use of super-light carbon fiber to enhance performance and improve energy efficiency and range.  That appears to suggest the German maker believes it can dramatically reduce the cost of the composite material, which is currently too expensive to use on anything other than the most expensive of sports cars – such as the new Lamborghini Aventador.

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The two new models likely won’t appear on the market before late in the decade, report both Autoblog.com and Bimmerfile, with concept versions expected to be revealed sometime after the 2014 launch of the i8, the most expensive of the models currently planned for BMW’s new i brand-within-a-brand.

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First Look: BMW i3 and i8 Electric Concept Cars

Maker also announces ParkAtMyHouse smartphone app.

by on Jul.29, 2011

CEO Norbert Reithofer unveils the new BMW i3 and i9 battery cars - which will make a public debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show.

BMW has finally taken the wraps off two concept cars that signal the strategy of its long-anticipated electric car sub-brand, BMW i.  The prototypes, which are set to make their formal public debut at the upcoming Frankfurt Motor Show, show the Bavarian maker positioning itself as the environmentally friendly leader in the competitive luxury car market.

During a Frankfurt news conference, BMW officials not only revealed both the BMW i3 and i8 concepts but also announced their investment in a new service called Parkatmyhouse.  Using the Internet or a smartphone app, the service would permit homeowners and other individuals to rent out their parking spaces on a short or long-term basis.

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Declaring the upcoming launch of the BMW i3 and BMW i8 a “milestone,” the German automaker’s Chairman Norbert Reithofer said the goal is to “offer customers purpose-built electric-drive cars,” rather than simply stuffing a battery-based drivetrain under the hood of a conventional automobile.

The potential advantage is that a dedicated battery-electric vehicle can be designed to minimize aerodynamic drag, reduce mass and improve weight balance to maximize performance and handling – critical attributes of the BMW brand.

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BMW Launches New “Sustainable Mobility” Brand

BMW i debuting with battery-powered i3 and i8 models.

by on Feb.21, 2011

Renamed i8, the striking BMW Vision concept will reappear as one of the first two models for the maker's new BMW i sub-brand.

BMW has given an official name to its new battery-powered brand-within-a-brand.  The operation, which had been going by the working name, Megacity, will now be called BMW i, and will charge into dealer showrooms in 2013 with a pair of lithium-ion-powered luxury cars.

Using the new “LifeDrive” architecture, the BMW i3 and i8 models will target those customers who want premium products that are nonetheless eco-friendly, the maker explains.  Additional products are likely to be added to the line-up in the years ahead, the maker broadly hints.

“BMW i offers visionary cars and services, inspiring design, and an entirely new concept of premium mobility – all with a focus on sustainability”, explained BMW Board Member and sales and marketing director Ian Robertson.  “The products and services have been conceived around a revolutionary approach: purpose designed and purpose built for sustainable, premium mobility.

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The BMW i3, originally known as the Megacity Vehicle, will serve as the core of the new sub-brand.  It’s the first BMW product designed specifically for use in urban areas solely on electric power.  Set for production at the German maker’s plant in Leipzig, it will be based on the LifeDrive platform, which uses an aluminum chassis and a carbon fibre-reinforced plastic, or CFRP, passenger cell.

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BMW, PSA Peugeot Citroen Form Battery Car Joint venture

Makers plant to partner on hybrids and electric car technologies.

by on Feb.02, 2011

BMW will produce the Megacity urban battery-electric vehicle at its plant in Leipzig, Germany.

The electrification of the auto industry is clearly making for some strange bedfellows.  We’ve seen Toyota team up with the California start-up, Tesla Motors – which has also been working with Daimler on battery car technology for its Mercedes and Smart brands.  Ford is partnering with Magna and Azure Dynamics.  Chrysler will take lead in developing battery technology for its partner Fiat.  Nissan and European partner Renault have major plans for battery vehicles – and have also partnered with Daimler.

Now comes official confirmation that BMW will be allying itself with the French PSA Peugeot Citroen in a partnership that will help both manufacturers ramp up their hybrid efforts.  The new agreement expands upon a more limited battery car program they had tentatively initiated last autumn.

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The 50-50 joint venture, dubbed BMW Peugeot Citroen Electrification, will focus on developing and producing everything involved in electrification, from battery packs to motors, chargers all the way to the sophisticated software needed to make the systems run smoothly and efficiently.

The partners want to come up with an array of hybrid systems that will be able to plug-and-play with a wide variety of different BMW, Citroen and Peugeot vehicles.  While they are focusing on hybrid systems, it is believed likely they will also cooperate on more advanced battery-based propulsion systems, including plug-ins and pure battery-electric vehicles, or BEVs.

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