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BMW Unveils 2 Electric Concept Cars

BMW has unveiled the design and features of 2 Electric Powered Concept Cars in Frankfurt. These are the first one to come from the E-Mobility Division of BMW.

BMW unveiled electric i3 (Pictured bottom) and plug-in hybrid i8 (Pictured top) models which BMW claims to launch in a period of 3 years. Norbert Reithofer, board chairman said, “We are marking another milestone in the history of the BMW Group. As chairman of the board and an engineer myself, I am very proud of this project.”

The i3 and i8 are two different concepts. The i3 is an urban commuter designed to challenge the upcoming electric cars like Mitsubishi I and Smart For Two Electric Drive. The i3 will have a range of 150 kilometres and the rear wheels will be driven by a 125 kilowatt motor. The body is made of carbon fibre which reduces weight and improves safety.

The i8 which resembles the 6-series is a racing car. It features a total of 349 horsepower, 405 pound-feet of torque and an all-wheel drive system. The front wheels are driven by a 96 kilowatt motor while rear wheels are driven by 3-cylinder engine with a power of 220 horsepower.

The price of these 2 cars is not determined yet. But keeping 6 figures in mind would be a good idea. Both cars will be launched in 2014.

Photo Courtesy of Wired
Photo Courtesy of Wired