Making Of BMW i3 – Powertrain Video


Hmm...Wonder What's Going On Down There

Hmm…Wonder What’s Going On Down There

Much like Nissan with its LEAF, BMW is strongly focused on marketing/advertising the i3.

This is evident in the series of videos BMW continues to release on the i3.  This video focuses on the powertrain that makes the i3 go:

“Redefining urban mobility means thinking far beyond environmentally-conscious and agile driving. The result: with its visionary design, the BMW i3 design defines the automobile of tomorrow. Its innovative BMW eDrive power train was designed in the scope of the BMW EfficientDynamics technology and is not only locally emission-free, but also offers an incomparable and near-silent driving experience.”

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eco Logical

I guess with EV’s it’s what’s inside that counts, and the i3 is great in that respect, but it’s ugly exterior, poor aerodynamics, and chopped off back end (window collects dust and grime) turns me off!

Why can’t any of the BEV makers (besides Tesla) come up with a raked rear window and a sleek nose ???

Despite the i3’s great drivetrain engineering, I’m holding out for a Tesla.


If the i3 had a raked rear window but were no longer, it would lose valuable interior space. Our i3 is about the same size as our previous i-MiEV (actually, a foot longer), but its Cd is ~15% better despite the i-MiEV’s sleeker nose. The i3’s Cd is about midway between that of the i-MiEV and the Model S. It’s much easier to have a lower Cd when a car is much longer like the Model S.

Bill Howland

Actually, I found that 92 seconds to be quite refreshing. Any engineers/technicians did *NOT* make extravagant claims, yet they did show the waterproof battery pack and they’d punch nails through it to prove it would gracefully shut down.

I for one, am more likely to buy a car when I’m told things that make sense, and am shown reasonable precautions taken by the company..

**** 4 stars…. Makes me look more favorably on the I3.


I’m glad that BMW is performing due diligence on testing of the battery systems and I sure enjoy watching the slick videos. I assume what we are seeing is only a tiny part of what they actually do to qualify a system. As I understand it there is at least an order of magnitude more to be concerned about for safety alone.
It would be enlightening to see Tesla show a similar video since the testing that they do is so extensive, but I can understand that they are too swamped with production and development to provide PR footage.