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BMW i Carbon Usage For Car Lightweighting

There is a car engineering strategy, known as “lightweighting”, aimed at developing lightweight structure cars to improve fuel efficiency, dynamics and driving. The lighter the car, the faster it accelerates, the more maneuverable and efficient it is. Using lightweight materials in car building leads to less strain on the engines, reduced fuel consumption and better car handling.
BMW knows that and strives for lightweighting to achieve better performance for its electric cars. To reduce car weight, the German carmaker uses innovative material at car building – the carbon fiber.

The carbon fiber (Carbon fiber reinforced polymer/CFRP, carbon fiber reinforced plastic or carbon fiber reinforced thermoplastic/CFRTP) is a light and highly resilient composite containing the carbon fibres and the matrix of plastic. It is 50% lighter than the steel and 30% lighter than the aluminum, but it is extremely strong and safe for being used in the industries requiring high strength-to-weight ratio and rigidity – aerospace, civil engineering, and, of course, car engineering industry. Continue reading

BMW EfficientDynamics: All You Need For Megacity Driving

Our interest in BMW i models and respect towards company technologies is endless. EfficientDynamics is one of the BMW concepts we absolutely like at Bmwiclub.
BMW EfficientDynamics is incorporated in every BMW i car. Last time we told about innovative BMW eDrive concept, which is one of the core technologies in EfficientDynamics strategy. Now let’s understand the concept behind BMW EfficientDynamics and its major technologies.

Understanding EfficientDynamics Concept
EfficientDynamics is a strategy developed at BMW to reduce car fuel consumption and toxic emissions while increasing dynamics. It is a mix of electromobility systems, efficiency measures and high-tech functions coupled towards improving car energy management, construction, aerodynamics, combustion engines and electric motors. Increased driving performance and reduced power consumption – this is EfficientDynamics from BMW.
Especially clearly the efficient driving concept from BMW is manifested in its electric cars, the i3 and i8, intended for driving in mega cities where car dynamism, lightweight construction, low CO2 emission and sustainable mobility are most needed. Urban driving and vibrant city lifestyle requires from the car optimal combination of efficiency and dynamics, just what the BMW concept is all about.

Combustion engines
BMW EfficientDynamics covers the family of latest generation petrol and diesel engines: BMW 3- and 4-cylinder petrol engines and the award-winning BMW TwinPower Turbo inline 6-cylinder petrol engine, each one delivering outstanding dynamics, being low on emissions and fuel consumption.
In the i8 model, a 3-cylinder, 1.5-liter TwinPower turbo gasoline engine is paired with eDrive technology to combine all the benefits of an electric motor and a gasoline engine, delivering dynamic yet economical driving performance.

Electric drivetrain
BMW electric drivetrain is build up on the concept of “more energy, less fuel”. This concept is embodied in BMW eDrive technology gathering together the electric motor, the high-performance lithium-ion battery and intelligent energy management strategy. BMW cars driven on electric mode with a fully charged battery show breathtaking speeds and have the range enough to cover most daily destinations. BMW EfficientDynamics mixed with eDrive create smooth electric driving, which is free from noise and local emissions. The electric motor and battery are all manufactured in-house.

Lightweight construction
The lower the car weight, the faster it accelerates, the more maneuverable and efficient it is. The essential components of BMW EfficientDynamics are improved aerodynamics and lightweight materials, used to reduce the fuel consumption level and car emissions. Lightweight construction is vital for an electric car. It allows for dynamic performance, maneuverability and minimum power consumption. To additionally reduce car weight, the BMW uses innovative material at car building – the carbon. It is 50% lighter than the steel and 30% lighter than the aluminum, but it is as strong and safe. BMW i models are the first cars, featuring this high-tech material in the construction.

Aerodynamics
Improved aerodynamics is one more component of BMW EfficientDynamics concept. Many car design elements are optimized in terms of aerodynamics to ensure car efficiency and optimized drag coefficient. An aerodynamic car from BMW combines such measures as the automatic air vents, the active rear spoiler, the Air Curtain in the front apron, the Air Breather that channels the air on the front wheels, and more components for airstream control, which in turn lowers fuel consumption and CO2 emissions. The aerodynamics of the BMW EfficientDynamics concept cars is also enhanced with the aerodynamic, optimized wheel rims.

Energy-saving functions
BMW EfficientDynamics technologies include energy-saving functions such as the Brake Energy Regeneration, Automatic Start/Stop, Brake Energy Regeneration, Electric Power Steering, Gear Shift Indicator. Minimum fuel consumption and low emissions are the core tasks behind each and every energy-saving technology in the BMW car.
Our opinion is that the regeneration of brake energy is one of most effective technologies used by BMW for energy management. The idea is that the braking energy converts into electrical power to charge the battery. Thus, less effort is required from the engine to charge the battery, which in turn leads to decreased fuel consumption and low emissions.

Efficiency & Dynamics – All We Need For Megacity Driving
It is obvious for us that each technology of BMW EfficientDynamics is well-thought-out and helps the driver to adapt the car to driving situation while at the same time saving energy and driving more efficiently. Although BMW EfficientDynamics is currently the part of every BMW car, the BMW i3 and i8 are the perfect example of company’s EfficientDynamics concept. Electric cars from BMW i are an exclusive combination of two seemingly conflicting properties, the efficiency and the dynamics.

New BMW Cars To Join Soon BMW i Lineup

At Bmwiclub, we are always glad to hear of new BMW models and upgrades to the BMW ‘i’ family. Each forthcoming car from BMW i is highly anticipated and promises new electrifying experiences! Looks like starting from 2017, customers will have more choice than ever. Want to know how long you have to wait for a new i brand model or looking for your current model updates? Check out future BMW i releases, and drop us a line about what you think of the coming developments.

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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
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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 i EV and SAMSUNG SDI Battery Tandem

Battery is the heart of the v oblectric car. Any huge automaker looking to become No. 1 on electric car front, first and foremost, should pay attention to the battery quality. So let’s look at the batteries used in BMW i concept models.

Although the market of electric and hybrid cars is still new and small, the global demand is on the rise. According to EV Obsession, through the 1st 6 months of 2016, 91,300 plug-in electric and hybrid cars were sold in Europe. According InsideEVs, in the first quarter of 2016, BMW sold 5,128 i3 and i8 models worldwide.

It looks like urban people get used to the idea of electric cars, but they expect a superior driving experience. They want to pay for cars using powerful, sustainable and lightweight batteries with high energy density and functioning at low/high temperatures.

On the battery market, one of the leading providers of Lithium Ion Batteries are Panasonic Corporation and Samsung SDI. One of the well-known established tandems are Tesla and Panasonic, BMW and Samsung.

By the way, Samsung SDI was rumored to be on talks with Tesla to supply batteries for Tesla Model 3 [source Bloomberg]. Though later Tesla CEO Elon Musk debunked the rumor, twittering “Would like to clarify that Tesla is working exclusively with Panasonic for Model 3 cells. News articles claiming otherwise are incorrect”, we guess there is no smoke without fire 😉 Samsung battery making is on dramatic rise. South Korean giant is going to build a battery-cell factory, expected to start production in 2018. Hence, time will show which battery maker will become the major force on EV, HEV and PHEV battery market.

Samsung SDI EV, HEV, PHEV Battery Supplier

Samsung SDI is a division of South Korean Samsung conglomerate and manufacturer of lithium-ion batteries for use in hybrid and electric cars. Samsung SDI says that energy changes the world. They are dedicated to providing eco-friendly battery solutions and energy management to support “green” initiative. Samsung SDI started to build electric car batteries since 2000, now being the battery provider for over 30 vehicle electrification projects.

BMW Group is collaborating with Samsung SDI since 2009. Their stable partnership results in that Samsung batteries power best BMW i concept models, award-winning i3 and i8.

The company has a 15-year experience of engineering and manufacturing lithium-ion auto battery. On EV battery market, Samsung’s rivals are Panasonic and LG Chem.

There are prismatic, cylindrical and polymer battery cells. Samsung makes prismatic cells of compact design convenient for different configurations and compatible with both PHEV and EV. The lithium is the lightest element that allows for batteries have higher energy density per unit mass than nickel- or lead-based chemistries. To deliver battery with long-term performance and lifespan, Samsung’s battery cells are checked to meet multiple production criteria. Samsung SDI has set zero-defect track record and produces built-in safety devices in its battery. Samsung SDI’s battery aluminium housing and laser welding make them impervious to humidity, while keeping sufficient quantity of electrolyte inside ensuring long-term performance. The high-voltage battery of the BMW i8 carries a warranty for a period of 8 years or a distance of 100,000 km.

BMW’s choice of using electric car battery by Samsung is also based on battery cells suitability for eco-friendly production.

What They Say At BMW and Samsung

Dr. Klaus Draeger, member of the Board of Management of BMW AG, responsible for Purchasing and Supplier Network: “Our partnership with Samsung SDI is a good example of successful Korean-German cooperation on innovative technologies. The battery is a key component in every electric vehicle – since it basically determines the range and performance capabilities of the car. In Samsung SDI, we have chosen a supplier that offers us the best-available technology with future-oriented Korean battery expertise.” [source press.bmwgroup.com]

Sang-Jin Park, CEO of Samsung SDI: “I am very proud that Samsung SDI supports the success of the BMW i3 and i8. The decision taken in 2009 to choose lithium-ion battery cells from Samsung SDI for the BMW i models was the right one for both companies. Additional BMW vehicles will also be equipped with Samsung SDI’s leading lithium-ion technology. This MoU with the BMW Group demonstrates the trust in Samsung SDI’s future technology and efficient mass production capabilities. Both companies are confident that this extended partnership will secure their leadership in future technologies.” [source press.bmwgroup.com]

Our guess is that over the next couple of decades battery tech market will have dramatic rise and Samsung SDI is on its way to become a major player. Do you have extra info on bmw i + samsung batteries?

Those of you with a Tech background looking for more tech info on BMW EVs + Samsung Batteries, we recommend taking a look at CleanTechnica in-depth post on the topic.

What Is BMW i

Without a shadow of doubt, for us, BMW devotees, BMW brand cars are amazing. Be it automobile exterior or interior. 

BMW is one of the leading car companies making the best cars ever. It comes as no surprise thereby that this progressive carmaker gave birth to new concept models with plug-in technology, the BMW i!

BMW Project i 

BMW i is a company project, ground-breaking concept and BMW sub-brand, founded to deliver electric cars for driving pleasure in megacities. “Project i” cars are produced using sustainable and recycle materials. Maximum mobility and sustainability are main principles in BMW i concept. The goal of BMW is to use plug-in technology to keep offering high performance cars while reducing CO2 emissions. Lightweight, free from emission and noise, BMW i models are created to reduce air pollutions and power consumption. Designed for people who live in huge cities and crave for urban driving comfort, BMW i concept cars adapt to big city lifestyle and individual driver needs.

BMW i Brand Concept

BMW i Sustainability and Mobility

BMW i concept cars are manufactured to adapt to megacity driving and dynamic environment. Urban mobility and sustainability is a very important aspect of our everyday life, as well as the defining feature of BMW i car technology. The use of energy-efficient materials in car production make BMW i vehicles more mobile, sustainable and lightweight versus petrol or diesel engine cars.  Continue reading

BMW i3 “Green Car of the Year ” reward

 

When winning the “Green Car of the Year” premium 2015, BMW i3 added to its set of trophies another one. The car that was chosen to win,  rewarded by  Green Car Journal at Auto salon from Los Angeles in 2014,  is the first model of holly electric car from the premium segment. This trophy is added to another ones that the car has won and proves the sustainability that this model is offering.

Over 12000 vehicles of BMW i3  were sold from the beginning of the November 2013. The presence of a bigger number of this kind of cars is the proof that the pleasure of driving can be obtained with 0 emissions and the combination of sustainability and premium comfort is one that will last.At one year from launching BMW i3 is already the third best sold entirely electric car from the market.

The first clients from Germany appreciated the sport performances. They are based on the 125kW/170 CP electronic engine, that offers a great reaction for the acceleration. In generally this people use the car in the urban traffic, driving from home to work. They charge the lithium-ion battery on a house charger at night. The main reason these people bought this car is because of it sustainability and the new experience it giver of the driving without emissions. The most important features seen by the drivers was the passenger’s seat made from carbon fibre,  the regenerable materials used in the interior, the propulsion technology, the connectivity to the car and the design considered “futuristic”.  The ask for this amazing car that can also be provided with a normal engine , has been unexpected.

The car received a lot of rewards. “Green Steering Wheel” in 2013 before launching, it is one of the categories of “GoldenWheel “organised by Auto Bild and Bild am Sontag, and it was also voted as the best car from the premium class “Best Cars” given by “Auto, Motor und Sport”. Also the car has received 2 rewords from the readers of the Auto Zeitung journal and Auto Trophy 2013 and Green Mobility Trophy 2014.

 

The most important distinction are:  UK Car of the Year, Next Green Car, Green Car of the Year, Fleet Hero and the success in the  “Sunday Times Top 100” top (in GB),  the special reword from the jury in “The car of the year in Switzerland”and success in the contests Trophées de l’Argus in France. In April 2014, a jury formed by auto journalists from all around the world declared BMW i3 as the “World Green Car of the Year” and”World Car Design of the Year” .

 

The interios and exterior design has also became rewords some of them are listed here : German Design Award, iF gold for the design and “Automotive Interiors Expo Award”, and the  GQ journal named the director of the BMW i3 design , Benoit Jacob, as “the Designer of the Year”. Auto Bild also gave some rewords, where the BMW i3 design was chosen  as”The innovation of the Year”,and the readers of  Auto Bild Klassik named it “The futures Classic”.

 

“Green Car of the Year” 2015 was based on the fact that BMw i3 doen’t emit nocive substances when driving, the super easy design and innovative and the big percentage of the sustainable materials used in the production.  Green Car Journal is specialised in reportages referring to technologies with a long evolving that are making the efficiency better. The “Green Car of the Year ” is been held from 2005 in the Auto salon in Los Angeles and this year it is opened for public for 21-30 November.

BMW i Remote App for Samsung S Gear SmartWatch

 

 

Consumer Electronics Show ( CES ) is held in Las Vegas at the beginning of each year. The next edition is scheduled for 6 to 9 January 2015. With 3,500 exhibitors , CES is one of the largest electronics exhibition in the world. In anticipation of the event , on November 11 , is held in New York CES Innovation Awards ceremony , with awards for 20 categories of products.
The awards are given by a panel of industrial designers , engineers and representatives of specialized press. Evaluation criteria for the category “Software and mobile applications ” were practical value , design , ergonomics , and the innovation . Victoria BMW Remote app in this category and show that this application is one of the best in the world at the moment and a testament to the advanced level of connectivity that it has with BMW i  cars.
BMW i Remote App for Samsung S Gear SmartWatch provides a quick and easy connection with the BMW i directly from the wristwatch . For BMW i3, the main screen is displayed , along with hours , the main information about car : autonomy electrical energy level of the battery and if the car is connected to an electricity grid , time to completion of loading . If you click on one of the values ​​displayed on the phone’s touch screen , opens a submenu with additional information , all in a typical graphics for BMW i.

Another secondary menu provides information about the condition of the car , for example if they are any open windows, doors or trunk. It is also possible to operate the climate system of the car . This is a particularly important element in an electric car for increased autonomy . The interior space can be brought to the desired temperature while the car is connected to the power source and keeping the power range on the highest point.Samsung-Gear-S-BMW-i-Remote-IFA-2014-1