This Makes Us Sad

This Makes Us Sad

As the BMW i3 (and i8) near production, we are starting to see more and more communication from the German company about not only what their cars can do, but how safe they are.

"Many people want a sustainable, emission free drive, in other words electric drive - extremely agile and offering a high level of performance and torque.  But they sometimes worry about this new battery technology is safe in the event of an accident..."

During the short video on how robust their zero emission systems are, BMW says that their "batteries are essentially designed to last as long as the car itself."  While adding that the batteries and the entire high voltage system are "subjected to every conceivable test in a program that in some ways, is really something like torture...but tortured in the customer's interest."

BMW Lithium Battery Pack Goes For A Swim

BMW Lithium Battery Pack Goes For A Swim

Batteries are:

  • perforated with nails
  • crushed
  • overheated
  • submerged
  • shake tested
  • given an extreme drop test*

"We are absolutely confident that we are able to offer BMW i customers electro-mobility which provides lasting safety."

Also of interest, inside the video is some footage of the i3, without its customary "blue tornado" camouflage (that we have come to despise).  Here is hoping that the next BMW video just shows the car in its completely production-intent form.

*so look for one jumping off a cliff or bridge in the next Transporter (and/or any other Jason Statham movie) in the future