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.
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.
Here is a new episode from BMW i series. Sustainable Neighbourhood
BMW Group is trying to make the charging easier, unveiling a prototype charging station built into a streetlight.
The Munich-based carmaker, maker of the BMW i3 and BMW i8 models electric cars told on Friday that it was created a “Light and Charge ” streetlight, that combines LEDs with the ChargeNow electric-car stations for charging. It is planed to run a pilot program in Munich by BMW Group that consists from putting the technology on the existing streetlights.
“Seamless charging infrastructure is essential if we want to see more electric vehicles on the road in our cities in the future,” said Peter Schwarzenbauer, a BMW board of management member.
More and more electric cars are built every year, eccentric cars become more popular and for long or short distances they need to be charged. BMW Group is trying to follow the steps of the electric-car maker of Tesla that has already began to build its own charging-stations infrastructure, but BMW wants to unify all the electric-cars through their charging stations.
Battery technology has been improving, but automakers are still fighting over some standards needed for charging stations which means that some public charging stations will not work with certain cars.
Two of BMW’s prototype streetlights are already installed in front of the company’s headquarters in Munich, and drivers will be able to pay for a charge through a mobile app. Other charging stations will be added to existing streetlights,and may be used by any vehicle model regardless of electricity provider.
BMW didn’t respond to a request for comment.
BMW i3 fitted with a set of PUR LG04 alloy wheels – SR Auto Group. It was considered the most harmless mode to improve and customise the look of BMW i3.BMW i3 with PUR LG04 wheels with BMW i color matching blue bolts. The wheels are alloyed with a custom flat lip and blue screws matching the body trim accents.
Sometimes it is time to leave the city. Escape the restrictions of everyday life. The BMW i8 Concept is an icon of progress. It combines the energizing performance of a sports car with benchmark efficiency. BMW i8 is for everyone who loves nature and understands the high standards of a electric movement. Thanks to BMW i8 people come closer to environment and sustainable vehicles that change lives and make BMW i8 owners truly happy.
The new BMW motorcycle launched in 2014 makes new standards of efficiency. The battery autonomy lets the vehicle to drive on distances of 100 kilometres.
BMW C Evolution is a electric motorcycle that has 48 power horses and a 100 km autonomy. The charging of the electric vehicle is made in circa 3 hours with less than 3 euros.
The problem can consist in lack of classic motor sound that is replaced by the silent electrical hum, it traffic people cannot observe that a motorcycle is moving. The vehicle can accelerate in 2,7 seconds to 50 km/h. The brakes are very performant. The motorcycle has the “Reverse ” function and also the autonomy level can be raised when pushing the brakes, by 20 km.
BMW C Evolution will consume around 3 euros for a full charge, a BMW C650 GT will cost the owner around 6-7 euros. In west Europe the BMW C Evolution costs around 15 500 euros, little big price for a motorcycle. Even if the cost is high and the charging is not less that for the classic motorcycle a reason to buy the BMW C Evolution is that this vehicle doesn’t pollute the nature.
The electric motorcycle has 4 modes of piloting , here are they:
Eco Pro – The mode that lets the owner to feel the best “the motor brake”., a reason why the economy of energy is also the biggest. The acceleration is also limited to protect the energy reserves, so the autonomy can reach up to 120 km.
Road – The mode that BMW calculated the autonomy of 100 km. It allows to use the entire power of the engine and the energy is recuperated in a procentage of 50% when the acceleration lever is closed.The energy recuperation is done when pushing the brakes.
Sail – The mode where is no “motor brakes”, the motorcycle is carried by inetia and does recuperate the energy when pressing the brakes. The single mode that offers great experience that can be hardly felt of a classical motorcycle.
Dynamic – The mode that lets to use the entire power of acceleration, but it consumes very fast the battery power. Dynamic mode has the most violent “motor brake”, thats why the owner needs a time period to accommodate until it can be ruled over.
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