BMW i3 Urban Concept Car

The new BMW i3 concept car will make its first north american debut at the 2012 L.A. auto show.  The light-weight 2,300-pound vehicle will take the leading role in sustainability in the automotive industry.  Scheduled to be released into the market in 2013, the compact four-seat hatchback is entirely electric with an innovative battery cell system that is capable of charging 80% in only half an hour with a DC fast-box or 100% in four hours.

The car boast 170 horsepower, 250 Nm of torque, with an acceleration of 0 to 60 km/hr in under four seconds, and a driving range of 80 to 100 miles.  Some of the new features are the materials used in the interior, coming from sustainable sources, which also gives the car a more natural linear feel.  The leight weight of the car stems from the new carbon fiber reinforced plastic body that weighs a fraction of the usual amount without compromising strength.  Digital technologies are fully integrated into the driving system with driver comfort in mind, offering the ability to link with your smart phone to assist in locating the car and nearby fueling stations.