BMW i3 and BMW i8 Design Animation – Video

APR 11 2014 BY ELECTRICCARSTV 5

From idea to real deal.

BMW i8 and BMW i3

BMW i8 and BMW i3

When a new plug-in vehicle makes it to production, we like to take a look back at where it all started.

In this case, we found video of two plug-in BMWs, both of which went from idea to reality.

The BMW i3 is already on sale in countries around the globe.

The BMW i8 will begin deliveries to buyers this June.

From two wild concepts years ago to two production plug ins.

Enjoy this look back from the beginning to where these vehicles are today.

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5 Comments on "BMW i3 and BMW i8 Design Animation – Video"

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The i5 looks so much better / practical than the baby i3.

These cars are truly revolutionary, I don’t think people fully appreciate it. First carbon fiber mass produced car, heavy use of recycled materials. These cars are going to sell very well in the US. Basically the same range as a Tesla 60kwh when you use the REx for a fraction of the price but with the interior/features of a BMW.

Don’t forget that the REx is hobbled for the US market. It wont turn on after the small battery pack is depleted. Performance goes out the window at that point. And the gas tank is tiny, forcing many many stops at petrol stations…

Seems more like a BMW Leaf with range extender, to me. *shrugs*

I disagree, i think BMW is thinking about the market the right way. As you know for every day usage you rarely need more than 100 miles. and when you do this car can take you 180 miles. it does that for 40% less than the lower-end 60kwh Tesla ($44k). why pay for the incremental battery size? what’s the point? the REx makes so much more sense, i think BMW has engineered a really clever and cost effective solution that people will love.

In terms of comparison w/the Leaf, there isn’t one. The i3 has a real BMW interior and the carbon fiber construction of the car is something that hasn’t been done in the auto industry (no one has mass produced with carbon fiber). People don’t appreciate how revolutionary the car really is and the competitive advantage its going to give BMW in EVs long-term. Building a bigger battery isn’t difficult, building a carbon fiber mass produced car is.

The i3 certainly has some innovative features, but I ended up choosing a Volt after evaluating what I considered to be the relative Pros of each vehicle:

i3 Pros

– Light weight carbon fiber construction
– The option to purchase a pure-EV version
– Better acceleration and range in EV mode
– Rear wheel drive

Volt Pros

– About $15K-$20K less expensive
– Suitable for cross-country trips, not just near-town use.
– Much better power when running off the generator
– More practical door arrangement
– Several trims to choose from, all immediately available