The BMW Group has unveiled a preview of two prototypes of ‘BMW-i Born Electric‘, the next generation BMW i3 Concept and the BMW i8 Concept Roadster.
Its all-electric engine and a range of 80-100 miles with zero-emission. The company has designed it for city use. The BMW i3 and i8 will become the first purpose-built electric and hybrid-electric production vehicles to be made primarily from carbon fiber. And it will be available by 2013 and 2014.
The BMW i8 Concept Roadster has eye-catching features like upward-swiveling, windowless doors and a range of purpose-oriented on-board equipment, including electric kick-boards stowed under a transparent tailgate.
BMW also offers a range of services like utilization of navigation systems that can access local information, inter modal road maps, and car-sharing schemes such as DriveNow.
The BMW i8 Concept Roadster is a plug-in hybrid powered by an eDrive drive-train combining a high-performance electric motor and petrol combustion engine. The lithium-ion battery supplying the motor with power can be recharged in an extremely short space of time from any domestic power socket, the company said.