BMW i3 Test Drive at CES 2014

Las Vegas CA, Jan 10 2014 -Attendees at CES and guests at the Aria Resort & Casino took time to test drive the all-electric BMW i3 in Las Vegas.

The BMW i3 is an uncompromisingly sustainable vehicle designed with the focus on innovation to meet the demands of tailpipe emission-free mobility.

The BMW i3 is designed and optimized with sustainability at its core. The innovative design is light, safe, spacious and dynamic. It is the first mass-produced vehicle that integrates the use of structural CFRP (Carbon Fiber Reinforced Plastic) offering advantages over steel. CFRP is as strong as steel and it is around 50% lighter. This allows BMW to set new standards in both lightweight vehicle construction and safety. The production of the CFRP material is powered through sustainable hydroelectric power at SGL’s facility at Moses Lake, Washington.

The eDrive motor technology generates an output of 170 hp, an impressive torque of 184 lb-ft from standstill. It accelerates from 0 to 60 mph in approximately seven seconds. The i3 has a real-world driving range of 80 to 100 miles in comfort mode and an additional 12 percent range in ECO PRO with another 12 in ECO PRO +.  A level 2 charging station at 32 amps will recharge the vehicle battery from empty to full in approximately 3 hours.

The BMW i3 with Range Extender model utilizes a 2 cylinder gasoline generator to double its range to approximately 160 to 180 miles. This model enables the state of charge of the vehicle battery to be maintained during operation.

The BMW i3 will be built at BMW’s Leipzig plant in German. The vehicle assembly will draw from 100% renewable energy from four on-site wind turbines.

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