Plastics, carbon fiber in focus as BMW premiers electric concept vehicle


Acceleration from 0 to 60 km/h (37 mph) in under four seconds and from rest to 100 km/h (62 mph) in less than eight seconds is pretty impressive even for a gasoline-powered vehicle but this performance is delivered from an electric vehicle: the BMW i3 just announced by the German luxury car maker.

Production of the i3 is scheduled to commence in Leipzig in 2013. In 2014, BMW (Munich) will launch a second EV dubbed the i8.

The i3 incorporates numerous design innovations, with many of them realized through the use of plastics and carbon fiber composites. According to BMW, "Innovative use of materials and intelligent lightweight design not only enable the i3 Concept to travel long distances on a single charge and provide superb safety in the event of a collision: they also help give the car its excellent driving dynamics."...
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