Monthly Archives: January 2017

What is What In Electromobility: EV, PHEV, HEV

Looks like our generation is “driving” into the future where emission-free cars will be as a matter of course, and not the piece of luxury. The future where all-electric and plug-in hybrids prevail on the road. The future where everyone knows what is EV, PHEV, HEV, BEV, ER-EV, and takes it for granted. But as for now, electric cars are the matter of “woooooow!”, and a subject for photo shooting by every person going by or driving by on a traditional car.

Most of happy owners of electric autos do not even imagine changing back to a conventional fuel car and traditional driving. But actually, most of average car drivers don’t know much about electric cars and are still fuzzy about electric vehicle types, engines and basic electromobility things.

EV, PHEV, HEV – so what each of them is all about?

Generally, there are all-electric cars (EV), hybrid electric cars (HEV), and plug-in hybrid electric cars (PHEV).

All-electric cars: operate on electricity exclusively; equipped with one or more electric motors for propulsion; use the rechargeable battery packs
Example: all-electric BMW i3, Nissan Leaf, Tesla Model S

Hybrid cars: mostly powered by regular internal combustion engine; electric motor starts to operate when extra power is needed; the car can use two propulsion means separately or at the same time; electric engine is converting and storing energy in the battery acting as a generator
Example: BMW Concept 7 Series ActiveHybrid – mild hybrid, BMW Concept X6 ActiveHybrid – full hybrid, Toyota Prius – full hybrid

Plug-in hybrid cars: equipped with the combustion engine and electric motor; mostly powered by electric motor, as a primary source of power; the internal combustion engine acts as the backup; rechargeable battery can be charged by plugging in to a power source
Example: plug-in hybrid BMW i8 Continue reading

Why Use BMW i Wallbox EV Home Charger

No driving experience and pleasure is possible without charging up your electric car. Charging BMW i electric car battery is no problem with BMW i charger installed at your home.
Of course, BMW i car can be charged with the standard charging cable at a conventional household 240-volt socket. But if you want maximum convenience and fast charging, BMW EVs owners have an option to install the BMW i Wallbox, a charging box developed specifically for home use. It can be mounted on the wall of any house and garage.

What is BMW i Wallbox
BMW i Wallbox is the charging device for electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles, developed to increase EV charging performance and reduce the charging time. With the wall box, charging your BMW i electric car becomes FAST, EASY, and SAFE. The BMW i Wallbox saves you about 4 hours of charging time and protects from technical risks that may be caused by car charging from a conventional socket.

Obviously, charging electric car at a domestic socket and having it plugged in DAILY for about 8-10 hours can’t be compared to charging a notebook or smartphone. The charging power of the electric car is huge, hence, energy flows needed to charge the car increase the leads temperature, thereby increasing the risk of cable melting or even burning. BMW i wall box prevents electrical system overloading by reducing the charging rate when there are energy consumption peaks at your household. Continue reading

BMW i3 Comes With New Battery & More Driving Range In 2017

Some good news for you, guys, who’s been driving i3 model or consider buying it. BMW reduces electric range anxiety and makes driving experience more enjoyable and…. LONGER.

In case you missed it, BMW packs its i3 model with a bigger lithium-ion battery in 2017! They say the range boosts from 81 up to 114 miles (183 km)!

For customers who do not need extra range, BMW will keep producing smaller battery capacity i3 (60 Ah). However, if the range issue arise, the 60-Ah i3 owners can solve the problem by ordering new 94-Ah pack to increase the range.

2017 i3 car pricing to be announced closer to the launch. Continue reading