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BMW i3 Concept Coupe is electric mobility with electric looks

November 28, 2012, 03:16 PM IST by Charles Pennefather
BMW i3 Concept Coupe is electric mobility with electric looks

Following on from the i3 with five doors, the i3 coupe concept is BMW's effort to get more people to love electric cars. It is a coupe, so it's got the right proportions, even if it does seems a little too tall to be called a coupe. It is a wee bit longer than the other i3, but shares the wheelbase. 

It has got massive 20-inch rims, but on rubber that is relatively narrow for the wheel size - 155mm wide in the front and 175mm wide at the rear. Maximum range is 160km on a full charge. That range can be extended by selecting Eco Pro or Eco Pro+ mode, which will limit the i3 Concept Coupe to a maximum of 88kmph. 

Instead of focusing on the driving aspect like BMW usually does, it has displayed a telematics system that downloads your calendar and messages, monitors driving, and offers tips for recharging. It also updates the driver with changes in range as traffic conditions change, including a switch in modes to reach your destination. It will even go so far as to direct you to the next charging station and book you a slot. Among the cabin changes are the 6.5-inch TFT display that replaces the traditional gauges and an 8.8-inch display on the centre console. 

If it goes into production, expect not only an all-EV version but also a range-extender version like the Chevy Volt. The five-door i3 will probably go on sale next year as a 2014 model. 


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