Think that all electric cars are dull, boxy, slow vehicles? BMW will change your mind!
Last week, the German luxury car manufacturer announced the creation of a sub-brand to be called “BMW i” that will include a line of electric battery powered cars, available in 2013.
For the past year, hype has been building for BMW’s electric Megacity vehicle, made of carbon fiber and aluminum. Now, BMW incidates that it will release at least 2 new electric car models in 2013: the i3, which will be a 4-seater urban vehicle, and the i8, a hybrid sports car that can go from 0-60 mph in just 5 seconds.
BMW states that its new electric cars will still be characterized by the kidney-shaped grill design on the front that is one of the most recognizable elements of the brand, even though a grill is not needed for a battery-powered car (since there is no engine to keep cool).
Other subtle changes for the BMW i cars include narrower wheels, increase aerodynamics and an eye toward minimum weight to help increase driving range of the electric vehicles. Computerized applications in the cars will help you keep an eye on battery life and even find parking downtown.
No word yet on the cost or availability of the BMW i electric cars. Perhaps the manufacturer is watching the success of Nissan, Ford and other companies in the electric car field, first.