Smart Reveals Forease Electric Concept

Smart celebrates its 20th anniversary with a new electric concept.

At the upcoming Paris Motor Show, smart will present a new all-electric concept – the forease. It’s based on the standard-production smart EQ fortwo cabrio, but refers to the Crossblade concept from 2002 and Forspeed concept from 2011.

We can’t tell you much (no specs released) about the smart forease, so instead, we’ll just repeat after smart: “The smart forease makes it clear that electric cars for use in the city will be anything but boring.”

Since 2017 on, smart has been selling only battery-electric cars in U.S., Canada and Norway. From 2020, BEVs (fortwo and forfour) will become the only choice in all of Europe, too.

Soon after than, smart will ditch the conventional internal-combustion engine worldwide and become an all-electric brand.

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smart forease: As uncompromising and fresh as the brand

Stuttgart/Paris. smart celebrates its 20 anniversary at the Paris Motor Show (4 to 14 October) with a show car that interprets and embodies urban driving fun in a refreshing way. The smart forease is extroverted and offers an uncomplicated solution for urban mobility. Seated under the open sky, the driver is at the centre of the hustle and bustle of the city, in which, thanks to the electric drive, they can freely participate. The openness and minimalistic style are a tribute to the pioneering smart concept vehicles “crossblade” (2001) and “forspeed” (2011).

Everyone knows that smart is practical. That smart is cool will be made clear to visitors at the Paris Motor Show by the smart forease show car. Reduced to the essential, it is uncompromisingly open, pays no heed to convention and is, of course, powered by an electric powertrain. It takes up the original motto of smart, reduce to the max, with a twinkle in its eye, standing for the authentic urban mobility that continues to be the underlying concept behind the brand.

Both the smart brand and the smart forease stand for emotionality, lifestyle and attitude. The vehicle owes its unconventional beauty to the opening of the interior to its environment, the absence of a roof and the shorter windscreen. With its radiant, dramatic metallic-white and colour accents in “stream green”, the smart forease promises a carefree driving experience, freed from convention, yet in harmony with its surroundings.

“The smart forease embodies a refreshingly simple form of driving fun in the city, standing for urban electric mobility without compromise – because, if in doubt, smart always opts for a consistent approach. The result is a sustainable driving experience built on freedom,” says Katrin Adt, new Head of smart from October.

“The smart forease is proof that smart thinks unconventionally. Its design is reduced and pure,” says Gorden Wagener, Chief Design Officer, Daimler AG. “The smart forease is a statement of urbanity and individual style. It has the coolness of the metropolis and demonstrates a truly free spirit.”

The design: uncompromisingly open based on the smart EQ fortwo cabrio

The designers bring the smart brand aesthetic to life with the smart forease, creating a light-heartedness that results from the unconventional approach typical of smart (ease by being unconventional): unconventional beauty, lightness and energy (energizing lightness) are achieved by reduction to the essential (clever reduction).

Like the concept vehicles “crossblade” (2001) and “forspeed” (2011) before it, the smart forease pays no heed to the convention that a car generally has a roof. It is open to the sun’s rays and the wind, allowing its passengers to enjoy a liberated and pure driving experience. The shorter windscreen offers little resistance to the headwind.

The smart forease cleverly focuses on what is essential for urban driving enjoyment. Its manoeuvrability and relaxed openness exert a liberating and invigorating effect on the occupants. Safety comes courtesy of the two domes behind the seats.

The door handles, which are seamlessly recessed in the door, make for an elegant touch. The smart forease has a paint finish in effect-rich metallic-white. This offers a subtle contrast with the matt-silver Tridion cell and the brilliant “stream green” accents both inside and outside. Some of these are instantly noticeable, such as the contrasting green decorative seams on the upholstery, the green border around the media interface and the “stream green” contrast surfaces on the sides of the seats. Others become apparent at second glance from certain angles, such as the green honeycomb look inside the air vents plus further details on the headlamps and wheels.

The open vehicle concept produces a link between exterior and interior, the entire play of colour being at all times in evidence. The interior therefore contributes to the exterior impact of the vehicle. This is also reflected in technical details in the interior. A particular feature is the two round displays in place of centre air vents in the instrument panel – as if there were not already enough fresh air! The displays can be used, for example, to present content from the “ready to” app, which allows the driver to share their smart with friends or to monitor its functions. The speakers of the audio system, which provide a perfect sound for listening to music or making phone calls, are visibly integrated in the rear wall of the cockpit, emphasising the car’s cool, playful character.

The smart forease is based on the standard-production smart EQ fortwo cabrio and can therefore be driven. It is a tribute to the two earlier concept vehicles crossblade (2001) and forspeed (2011).

It also affords a preview of the electric future of the smart brand. smart is the first automotive brand with its sights set on a systematic switch from the combustion engine to the electric drive: since 2017, smart has been selling only electric vehicles in the USA, Canada and Norway. From 2020, it will be marketing only battery-electric cars in Europe, too. The rest of the World is due to follow soon after. The smart forease makes it clear that electric cars for use in the city will be anything but boring.

2002: smart crossblade for total openness

This is an area where only few concept vehicles have succeeded: unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show in 2001, the “Crossblade” show car met with such an overwhelming response that smart decided to go into series production with it. From 2002, a small batch of 2000 units was characterised by total openness. The smart crossblade had no doors, roof or windscreen. Its driver was able to drive through the countryside under open skies with the wind in their face for an incomparable driving experience. A narrow, tinted wind deflector, extending across the cockpit area, was all there was to counteract the headwind.

2011: smart forspeed is open and electric

Ten years after the crossblade, smart unveiled another open concept vehicle. The smart forspeed was not intended for series production, but as a radical forerunner of the smart electric drive, which was to come out just a few months later. The forspeed combined contemporary urban mobility with the typical smart fun factor. With no roof or side windows, the two-seater featured a low-profile wind deflector instead of a windscreen in the style of a classic propeller aircraft. The result was an incomparable fresh air experience. Further driving pleasure was guaranteed by the responsive, further-developed electric drive with boost function.


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Volkswagen Caminhões e Ônibus Launches New Electric Truck

Volkswagen e-Delivery is scheduled for 2020.

Volkswagen e-Delivery is another all-electric truck presented at the 2018 IAA. It’s developed in Brazil by Volkswagen Caminhões e Ônibus, which is part of TRATON (Volkswagen Truck & Bus AG), which is a wholly owned subsidiary of Volkswagen AG.

The truck is in early stage of tests and the production is expected to begin in 2020 – just in time to fulfill orders for up to 1,600 electric truck in Brazil. According to the press release, range is 200 km (124 miles).

Volkswagen e-Delivery spec:

  • lithium-ion-nickel-manganese-cobalt cells (NMC)
  • 200 km (124 miles) of range
  • 260 kW of power and 2,150 Nm of torque (on the wheels)
  • charging to 30% possible in 15 minutes, 100% in 3 hours

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e-Delivery with a powerful drive

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“With dimensions suitable for use in urban areas, as well as functions for convenience, connectivity, safety, low operating costs and energy efficiency, our e-Delivery helps to make the concept of efficient and intelligent cities with rational and productive freight transport a reality,” says Roberto Cortes, Chief Executive Officer of Volkswagen Caminhões e Ônibus, which is part of the TRATON GROUP. The Brazilians have developed a new powertrain and battery pack for the electric truck. Among other things, this increases the range of the e-Delivery to more than 200 kilometers. The new settings for the battery banks, which share lithium-ion-nickel-manganese-cobalt cells (NMC), ensure high performance. The battery also has a quick-charging mode which reaches 30 percent capacity in 15 minutes and 100 percent in three hours. Thanks to the new powertrain, the e-Delivery achieves an output of up to 260 kilowatts with a maximum torque of 2,150 nanometers.

Also new is the truck’s modular configuration, which makes flexible assembly possible and provides more space for batteries. The vehicle is divided into three parts: a front module with the cabin and additional functions, a middle module with the batteries, and the rear module with the powertrain. The modules are independent of each other, so that the various components and designs can be easily combined for other electric vehicles as well.

The model presented at the IAA has also been improved with respect to its intelligent systems. Pneumatic suspension and a smart payload reading system, for example, synchronize the load and electricity consumption in the eco-drive mode. The brake has three regeneration stages. This enables up to 30 percent of the power to be recuperated during braking. This energy is used to charge the battery. The regenerative brake engages before the pneumatic brake. The entire system can be adjusted according to the charging status or the driver’s preferences. Systems such as the air compressors, air conditioning, steering and water pump are controlled independently of each other, thus optimizing their electricity consumption. Axles, chassis, wheels and tires retain their traditional features and their robustness in the new Delivery line. They share platform components with the diesel vehicle family. Synergies and scaling can therefore reduce costs.

Another new from Volkswagen Caminhões e Ônibus at IAA is the Volksbus e-Flex, a flexible architecture for the electrification that enables to produce all-electric, hybrid, plug-in hybrid and range-exended EVs (REEV):

Volksbus e-Flex: Versatile drive

The Volksbus e-Flex is the second important innovation by Volkswagen Caminhões e Ônibus at the IAA. For this, the automotive manufacturer has developed a flexible architecture for the electrification of this vehicle. The concept can be applied to any of the brand’s vehicles. The special feature: All the variants of electric mobility can be found in a single model. It works with battery electric vehicles (BEV), hybrid electric vehicles (HEV), plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEV), and range extended electric vehicles (REEV). The performance is the same, regardless of how the batteries are charged.

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Tesla’s board backs Elon Musk over SEC seeking to ban him, Wall Street braces for TSLA blowback

Things are shaping up to be difficult for Tesla and Elon Musk in the coming weeks and months, but they seem to be sticking together.

Tesla’s board of directors issued a statement backing Musk following the lawsuit filed by the SEC while Wall Street is bracing for the blowback. more…

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Uber installing its own electric charging stations… for electric bicycles

Despite making a name for itself in the ride hailing industry, Uber has recently declared that it is shifting more of its focus towards light electric vehicles including electric bicycles and scooters. In another step towards that goal, Uber has announced that it plans to install electric bicycle charging stations for its own brand of Jump electric bicycles.

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2017 Ford Mustang GT Chases Tesla Model 3 On The Track

Check out how this Tesla Model 3 fares on the track.

We’re not talking about the drag strip here. This Tesla Model 3 is out on the track with a Ford Mustang GT. The video is especially interesting since most Model 3 coverage lately has been around the dual-motor, all-wheel-drive performance variant. However, this share features the single-motor, rear-wheel-drive Model 3 Long Range.

Additionally, we get a much different perspective in this video, as we’re inside the Mustang GT following the Tesla Model 3, which seems to arrive out of nowhere and stays ahead for the entire time. If the sound of a throaty ICE engine bothers you, you may want to watch this one with the sound turned down. The note of the Mustang starts to get irritating quickly. You won’t miss anything since there’s no dialogue.

Let us know your thoughts in the comment section below.

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Range: 310 miles; 136/123 mpg-e. Still maintaining a long waiting list as production ramps up slowly, the new compact Tesla Model 3 sedan is a smaller and cheaper, but no less stylish, alternative, to the fledgling automaker’s popular Model S. This estimate is for a Model 3 with the “optional” (at $9,000) long-range battery, which is as of this writing still the only configuration available. The standard battery, which is expected to become available later in 2018, is estimated to run for 220 miles on a charge.

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Honda Urban EV Rendered For Production

The concept of 2017 will have a few changes…

In the coming years, we should witness the birth of a new trend, that of the neo-retro electric cars. Like Volkswagen with the I.D. Buzz, or Peugeot with the e-Legend concept, Honda started clearing the field with the Urban EV. Originally presented as a concept at the Frankfurt motor show in 2017, this adorable city car will arrive on the European market in a few months.

At this point, the final model has not yet been presented by Honda, which generally does not provide much information about it. Fortunately, our illustrator is here to give us a first idea of what the Japanese brand is preparing for us.

If the look of the concept is generally preserved, several elements have been retouched. Thus, our Urban EV forgets the two large suicide doors to adopt four doors opening in a more conventional day, and have flush handles. It also abandons the side cameras in favor of traditional mirrors, receives more conventional wheels and has a new shield incorporating a lower grid. In addition, it is content with a metal logo at the front (and no longer bright) and abandons the load indicators placed on the sidewalls. The two round headlights and the boss on the bonnet are still part of them.

Finally, even so, the Urban EV remains crisp. We will quickly know if our illustrator has seen right or not, since Honda has promised to launch this model in the course of the year 2019.

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Consensus Among Reviewers: Tesla Model 3 Performance Is Fantastic

WHAT ARE CAR REVIEWERS SAYING ABOUT TESLA’S PRICIER ‘PERFORMANCE’ MODEL 3?

Should you settle for a lower-priced Model 3 or splurge on the souped-up “Performance” version of Tesla’s newest sedan? The reviews, thus far, have been enticing. Media outlets ranging from Top Gear to the Wall Street Journal have come away impressed. Check out this latest round-up of Model 3 Performance reviews to consider if this top-end model might be right for you.

*This article comes to us courtesy of EVANNEX (which also makes aftermarket Tesla accessories). Authored by Matt Pressman. The opinions expressed in these articles are not necessarily our own at InsideEVs.

Above: Tesla Model 3 Performance has a lower stance with 20″ wheels and red calipers (Image: Tesla)

Alexander George writes (via Popular Mechanics), “The ultra-luxe Performance variant, at $64,000, adds the kind of stuff that will appeal to anyone who’d chose a BMW M3 or M4 over the 3-Series.” In a race, the Performance version of the Model 3 “can dust anything that’s not mid-engined and costs six figures.” Regarding the radical interior, George adds that “after driving a Model 3, every other car’s console feels like a misuse of wires and visual real estate.”

However, Tim Stevens (via CNET) is not a fan of the car’s console. He admits it’s “nice once you experience it, but still not as immediately intuitive as the dedicated controls found in most cars.” Yet, when it comes to raw power, Stevens says the Model 3 Performance will “leap forward with brutal aggression.” He adds, “the Model 3 is just always ready to go, morphing from docile, silent EV to ballistic projectile with just a little more pressure on the go pedal.”

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Above: CNET’s Antuan Goodwin also tested Tesla’s Model 3 Performance “Track Mode” feature on an autocross course (Youtube: Roadshow)

After 600 hours behind the wheel of the Model 3 Performance, Kim Reynolds (via Motor Trend) reports, “Tesla still knows how to extract staggering performance out of its electric vehicles.” Reynolds says, “Imagine a gigantic slot car, and you’ll get the idea. Of course, the slot you’re following isn’t an actual slot but a virtual one, a sharply defined path the steering angle has mentally scribed on the road ahead of you. If any alterations are needed, you just make small steering adjustments… [and] quick steering is exactly the scalpel you need here.”

Patrick George (via Jalopnik) says, “For me, the Model 3 Performance is the most impressive Tesla I’ve driven to date, and easily the most fun… It’s very, very quick.” And, “Inside it feels about as roomy as a BMW 3 Series, but it feels noticeably more compact to drive… its relatively small size makes it super fun to just throw into corners.” His impression: “the Model 3 Performance handles like a legit sports car, and that’s not a descriptor I toss around lightly, especially for a sedan.”

Above: Tesla Model 3 Performance is also available with special badging and a carbon fiber spoiler (Image: Tesla)

Steve Fowler (via UK’s Auto Express) gives it a perfect 5 stars. He says the “range-topping Tesla Model 3 Performance sports saloon offers M3-beating performance and best-in-class tech. Among a sea of legends, the Tesla Model 3 stacks up.” Fowler says, “What’s most enjoyable is that the slightest tickle of the throttle from any speed – especially standstill – will shove you back into your seat with a ferocity to rival the fiercest rollercoaster, with a fun factor to match. You’ll never tire of it and will look for every opportunity to do it.”

*Editor’s Note: EVANNEX, which also sells aftermarket gear for Teslas, has kindly allowed us to share some of its content with our readers, free of charge. Our thanks go out to EVANNEX. Check out the site here.


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eMotorWerks JuiceNet Used As 30 MW “Virtual Battery”

Electric cars are going to crash the grid, right?

If everybody gets an EV we’ll have to build 100 more powerplants and it will cause our electric rates to triple, right? Not so fast.

Over 6,000 eMotorWerks residential JuiceBox and other JuiceNet-enabled chargers installed in California now make up a 30MW “virtual battery”. Locations are spread across the state and concentrated in the major population centers. By controlling them through the company’s cloud-connected JuiceNet software, and enrolling EV drivers to participate in rewards programs, eMotorwerks is delivering valuable grid services such as demand response capacity (up and down) on a daily basis across the state, with the capital outlay born by EV drivers instead of the utilities or energy storage developers.

The Enel subsidiary eMotorWerks is using its electric vehicle chargers to participate in California’s day-ahead markets. This network of connected devices is able to delay charging schedules based on a signal from the grid operator, while also considering drivers’ needs and enabling them to override the settings. EV owners earn compensation for participating in grid services, which now ranges between $40 to $80 per year, depending on their flexibility, and that number is growing as the program expands.

“We’re in growth mode,” said David Schlosberg, eMotorWerks VP for energy market operations. “Every time we get a new customer, we can revise our bid to reflect our growing capacity.”

It has the potential to open up a new financing structure for electric vehicle chargers, where vendors use future revenues to drive down the upfront cost of the infrastructure. The company also partners with energy providers, such as Sonoma Clean Power and Xcel Energy, and licenses its JuiceNet cloud-based platform, so they could deploy their demand response programs.

Interested JuiceNet customers living in participating California regions can sign up via the eMotorWerks Rewards program. Participants can also earn up to a $50 rebate on a charging station bought recently from eMotorWerks.com e-commerce site.

After signing up the system is automated, and doesn’t change the driver’s EV charging settings, providing override opportunity if the customer doesn’t want to be opted into a specific event. That’s necessary because there’s always a specific day now and then when you need more range than you do on a typical day. On those days you are allowed to opt out and have your car fully charged when you need it.

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“Having proved at scale capabilities that no other EV charging technology has accomplished, eMotorWerks is aggregating and bidding EV loads at the wholesale level,” said Val Miftakhov, CEO of eMotorWerks. “Our intelligent platform already delivers on grid integration, wholesale energy cost reduction and renewables integration with cost-effective load aggregation. It’s time for utilities around the country and the world to take advantage of these capabilities and help grow this virtual battery to support our shared electrification and decarbonization goals.”

When you really think about it, people who participate in Rewards are similar to people who rent out a room with Airbnb, Getaround, etc — turning an inefficiency or underutilized asset into savings or something of value for others. Basically, people are sharing their home chargers to make a bit of money, improve grid resilience, and reduce overall operational costs of managing the grid, ultimately saving all of us money and reducing GHG. It’s the EV home charging version of the new shared economy.

So much for the doom and gloom predictions on how electric vehicle adoption was going to crash the grid! This is a great example of how smart EV charging will actually be a asset to utilities, not the insurmountable problem that some anti-EV prognosticators have predicted. To learn more about how electric vehicles are turning into demand response capacity and how eMotorWerks plans to enter grid services markets check out this in-depth article from GreenTechMedia.com

Edit: eMotorWerks reached out to us to clairify the areas where customers can participate in the program:

Northern California: Only PG&E distribution service customers in SF Bay Area (South Bay, Peninsula, Marin, East Bay, not SF currently)
For Southern California: LA area (ex LADWP customers), not Ventura County
For San Diego: All SDG&E customers


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BMW Reveals 2019 i3 & i3s With 44.2 kWh Battery

BMW i3/i3s now comes packing a significantly higher capacity 44.2 kWh battery.

BMW, as anticipated since late 2017, is introducing the new 2019 model year i3 and i3s with higher-capacity battery packs and longer range. The battery of new version is 44.2 kWh (with 120 Ah lithium-ion cells). Expected EPA range is ~153 miles.

Battery capacity doubled compared to the 1st versions of the i3 from late 2013 (22.6 kWh) and increased by approximately 30% compared to the 2nd version unveiled in May 2016 (33.2 kWh).

Sales of the new version should begin in the first few markets in Europe in November and December 2018.

As powertrain output remains the same (125 kW i3 and 135 kW i3s) let’s compare range:

New 2019 BMW i3/i3s (44.2 kWh; 120 Ah)

  • Typical: 260 km (162 miles)
  • Expected EPA: around 246 km (153 miles)
  • WLTP: 285-310 km (177-193 miles) / 270-285 km (168-177 miles)
  • NEDC: 359 km (223 miles) / 330-345 km (205-214 miles)

Outgoing BMW i3/i3s (33.2 kWh; 90 Ah)

  • Typical: 200 km (124 miles)
  • EPA: 183 km (114 miles) / 172 km (107 miles)
  • WLTP: 235-255 km (146-158 miles) / 235-245 km (146-152 miles)
  • NEDC: 290-300 km (180-186 miles) / 280 km (174 miles)

BMW i3 (21.6 kWh; 60 Ah)

  • Typical: 130-160 km (81-99 miles)
  • EPA: 130 km (81 miles) / N/A
  • WLTP: N/A
  • NEDC: 190 km (118 miles) / N/A

The range-extended REx version will still be available for both i3 and i3s.

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What else is new in the 2019 i3/i3?

Well, there are many smaller improvements like a new body finish, a new color for the optional interior design Loft and adaptive LED headlights with matrix function for the high beam.

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2019 BMW i3/i3s spec:

  • 44.2 kWh battery
  • 8 modules with 12 cells each (120 Ah lithium-ion cells)
  • Typical range 260 km (162 miles)
  • WLTP range : 285-310 km (177-193 miles) / 270-285 km (168-177 miles)
  • NEDC range : 359 km (223 miles) / 330-345 km (205-214 miles)
  • electric motors: 125 kW / 135 kW
  • 0-60 mph: 7.2 seconds / 6.8 seconds
  • 0-100 km/h: 7.3 seconds / 6.9 seconds
  • 80-120 km/h: 5.1 seconds / 4.3 seconds
  • on-board charger: 7.4 kW single-phase or 11 kW three-phase
  • DC fast charging: 0-80% in 42 minutes at 50 kW
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Press blast:

With new high-voltage batteries for an even further extended range and retaining characteristic BMW sporty flair: the BMW i3 (120 Ah) and the BMW i3s (120 Ah).

Storage capacity further increased, having now doubled since the market launch of the BMW i3 – Operating range for locally emissions-free mobility is increased to as much as 260 kilometres in everyday conditions without any loss of brand-based driving pleasure – Additional new features: sports package for the BMW i3, new colours for the exterior and interior.

Munich. Consistent further development of BMW eDrive technology once again ensures enhanced driving pleasure in the purely electrically powered models of the BMW i brand. With cell capacity increased to 120 ampere hours (Ah) and a gross energy content of 42.2 kilowatt hours (kWh), a new generation of high-voltage batteries enables the BMW i3 (120 Ah) (combined power consumption: 13.1 kWh/100 km; combined CO2 emissions: 0 g/km)* and the BMW i3s (120 Ah) (combined power consumption: 14.6 – 14.0 kWh/100 km; combined CO2 emissions: 0 g/km)* to achieve a significantly further enhanced range as of November 2018. In everyday use, the two models are now able to cover a distance of 260 kilometres*** – an increase of almost 30 per cent.

In this way, BMW i is consolidating its position as an innovation leader and trendsetter in the field of pioneering electromobility with hallmark brand driving pleasure and excellent everyday practicality. Since the market launch of the BMW i3, the storage capacity of its high-voltage battery has been doubled, thereby increasing the car’s range as well. At the same time as the introduction of the new battery, a new body finish, a new colour for the optional interior design Loft and adaptive LED headlights with matrix function for the high beam are also available for the BMW i3 and BMW i3s. In future, a sports package will be available for the BMW i3 that includes black wheel arch surrounds and a sports suspension with specific dampers, springs and stabilisers, lowered suspension, a widened track and 20-inch light alloy wheels. The optimised guidance system in the tile design of the iDrive operating system is now available in conjunction with the optional navigation system Business. In future, the options telephony with wireless charging and wireless LAN hotspot will also be available for the BMW i3 and BMW i3s.

Ongoing progress in battery development: increased energy content while dimensions remain the same.

Like the electric motors and power electronics, the high-voltage batteries are an integral part of the BMW eDrive technology used in BMW i automobiles and developed independently by the BMW Group. Its lithium-ion cells are produced exclusively based on specifications defined by the BMW Group. Based on sound research and development work conducted in close cooperation with the manufacturer of the battery cells, consistent optimisation of the storage units is achieved in terms of power output, range, safety and durability. Installed deep in the floor of the vehicle, the high-voltage battery is produced at the BMW plant in Dingolfing and consists of eight modules, each with twelve storage cells: the latest advancements have resulted in a capacity of 120 Ah along with a gross energy content of 42.2 kWh – while the size remains unchanged. This is yet another major step towards increased range. For comparison: at the market launch of the BMW i3 in 2013, the equivalent figures were 60 Ah and 22.6 kWh, while the second-generation battery introduced in 2016 reaches a level of 94 Ah and 33 kWh.

In addition to vehicle weight and the installation space taken up by the high-voltage battery, driving performance and energy consumption likewise remain virtually unaltered by the increased range achieved by the latest advancements. The BMW i3, powered by a 125 kW/170 hp electric motor, accelerates in 7.3 seconds from zero to 100 km/h, while the BMW i3s with 135 kW/184 hp completes the standard sprint in 6.9 seconds. This means that the two models both set the benchmark for sporty performance within their vehicle segment. Thanks to spontaneous power delivery as is typical of electric motors, the BMW i3 and BMW i3s even reach the level of sports cars that have a considerably more powerful combustion engine: here the figures are 5.1 and 4.3 seconds respectively for the sprint from 80 to 120 km/h.

The combined power consumption of the BMW i3 (120 Ah) is 13.1 kWh per 100 kilometres*, while the BMW i3s (120 Ah) has a power consumption of 14.6 kWh to 14.0 kWh per 100 kilometres*. The high efficiency of the electric motor and the enhanced battery capacity result in a range that is nearly 30 per cent higher than that of the predecessor models. The range of the BMW i3 (120 Ah) is 359 kilometres* (previously 290 to 300 km) according to NEDC, and 285 to 310 kilometres** (previously 235 – 255 km) according to WLTP. For the BMW i3s (120 Ah), a range of 330 to 345 kilometres* (previously 280 km) has been calculated according to NEDC, and a range of 270 to 285 kilometres** (previously 235 –245 km) according to WLTP. In everyday conditions, both models now achieve a range of 260 kilometres*** (previously 200 km).

The high-quality charging electronics of the BMW i3 and BMW i3s allows fast and flexible refreshment of the energy reserves. The standard charging cable is designed to be plugged into a conventional household socket. Here the battery can be charged to up to 80 per cent of its full power in approximately 15 hours with a charging capacity of 2.4 kW. Connection to the BMW i Wallbox enables rapid three-phase charging with a capacity of 11 kW. Here the time required to achieve an 80 per cent charge of the large-capacity high-voltage battery is 3.2 hours. The power electronics and high-voltage battery in the BMW i3 and BMW i3s can also be used in conjunction with quick-charging stations that run on DC power. Here the charging capacity is 50 kW and the high-voltage battery reaches 80 per cent of its total power in just 42 minutes.

With its battery capacity increased to 42.2 kWh, the latest version of the BMW i3 also follows the brand’s holistic concept, applicable since market launch and geared towards responsible use of resources: this includes not just locally emissions-free power but also material selection and production techniques as well as mobility services. The BMW i3 (120 Ah) and the BMW i3s (120 Ah) have a much more favourable CO2 footprint across the entire vehicle lifecycle – from raw material extraction and manufacture through to use and recycling – and this makes for significantly lower global warming potential than is the case with comparable, conventionally powered automobiles.

Sports package as a new option for the BMW i3.

In future, the new sports package will enable additional emphasis of brand-based driving pleasure derived from locally emissions-free mobility in the BMW i3. The key element of the new option is the sports suspension, which is a standard feature in the BMW i3s and includes specific dampers, springs and stabilisers, a suspension lowered by 10 millimetres, a widened track and 20-inch light alloy wheels in Jet Black or Bicolor finish with mixed tyres. This increase in driving dynamics is visually underscored by means of black wheel arch surrounds, which also form part of the BMW i sports package.

New body finishes, adaptive LED headlights, optimised controls and connectivity.

Since 2014 the BMW i3 has been the world’s best-selling electrically powered vehicle in the premium compact segment. On the streets of urban conurbations it has come to stand as a symbol of pioneering mobility. Its characteristic shaping is closely linked to the LifeDrive vehicle architecture, which combines an aluminium chassis with a passenger cell made carbon fibre reinforced plastic (CFRP). With the introduction of the new battery generation, the design of the BMW i3 and the BMW i3s has been enriched with fresh accentuations. The choice of body finish for the two models has been extended to include the new variant Jucaro Beige metallic with accentuations in Frozen Grey. Meanwhile the exterior paint finishes Mineral Grey metallic, Imperial Blue metallic, Melbourne Red metallic, Capparis White and Fluid Black are still available. To match the new body finish, the optional interior design Loft now includes upholstery in the fabric/Sensatec combination “Electronic” – in Carum Grey with accentuations in brown and interior surfaces in Electronic Brown.

As an alternative to the standard LED headlights, adaptive LED headlights are now available with an automatic, selective dip function for the high beam. The innovative matrix technology for the high beam increases visibility range while at the same avoiding any dazzle effect on other road users. For this purpose it is divided into four horizontally arranged segments which can be activated and deactivated independently of each other at speeds of over 70 km/h. The high beam segments are controlled based on the traffic situation. As soon as the front camera registers an oncoming vehicle or a vehicle travelling ahead in the same direction, the space in which this vehicle is located is illuminated using the low beam only. This is effected by deactivation of the matrix high beam segments that are responsible for this area. The remaining areas of the road continue to be illuminated by the high beam. Adaptive LED headlight functions also include the cornering light and the high beam assistant.

The optimised menu display for the iDrive operating system with buttons in tile structure and in live mode is now also available in conjunction with the optional navigation system Business. This means that the desired content is now available even more quickly and conveniently. What is more, the program of optional equipment items now also includes the option of telephony with wireless charging, which allows compatible mobile phones to be recharged without use of a cable. The wireless LAN hotspot, likewise newly available for the BMW i3 and the BMW i3s, provides a fast online connection for up to ten end devices inside the vehicle.

The figures for fuel consumption, CO 2 emissions and power consumption are calculated based on the measurement methods stipulated in the current version of Regulation (EU) 2007/715. This information is based on a vehicle with basic equipment in Germany; ranges take into account differences in wheel and tyre size selected as well as optional equipment.

* Power consumption, emissions figures and ranges are calculated based on the new WLTP test cycle and adapted to NEDC for comparison purposes, dependent on the tyre format selected.In these vehicles, different figures than those published here may apply for the assessment of taxes and other vehicle-related duties which are (also) based on CO2-emissions. These figures are provisional.

** Ranges based on the WLTP test cycle, dependent on the tyre format selected. In these vehicles, different figures than those published here may apply for the assessment of taxes and other vehicle-related duties which are (also) based on CO2-emissions. These figures are provisional.

*** Figures based on BMW range measurements in everyday driving using a city driving profile, 20°C outdoor temperature, heating/air conditioning, pre-conditioning, COMFORT drive mode. Range depends on various factors, in particular: driving style, route characteristics, outdoor temperature, pre-conditioning.

For further details of the official fuel consumption figures and official specific CO2 emissions of new cars, please refer to the “Manual on fuel consumption, CO2 emissions and power consumption of new cars”, available at sales outlets, from Deutsche Automobil Treuhand GmbH (DAT), Hellmuth-Hirth-Str. 1, 73760 Ostfildern-Scharnhausen and at http://www.dat.de/angebote/verlagsprodukte/leitfaden-kraftstoffverbrauch.html.

 

CO2 EMISSIONS & CONSUMPTION.

BMW i3 (120Ah) / BMW i3s (120Ah): combined fuel consumption 0,0/0,0 l/100 km; combined power consumption: 13.1 / 14.0 – 14.6 kWh/100 km; combined CO 2 emissions: 0 g/km*

The figures for fuel consumption, CO2 emissions and power consumption are calculated based on the measurement methods stipulated in the current version of Regulation (EU) 2007/715. This information is based on a vehicle with basic equipment in Germany; ranges take into account differences in wheel and tyre size selected as well as optional equipment.

* Power consumption, emissions figures and ranges have been calculated based on the new WLTP test cycle and adapted to NEDC for comparison purposes, dependent on the tyre format selected.In these vehicles, different figures than those published here may apply for the assessment of taxes and other vehicle-related duties which are (also) based on CO2-emissions. These figures are provisional.

For further details of the official fuel consumption figures and official specific CO2 emissions of new cars, please refer to the “Manual on fuel consumption, CO2 emissions and power consumption of new cars”, available at sales outlets, from Deutsche Automobil Treuhand GmbH (DAT), Hellmuth-Hirth-Str. 1, 73760 Ostfildern-Scharnhausen and at http://www.dat.de/angebote/verlagsprodukte/leitfaden-kraftstoffverbrauch.html.


Source: Electric Vehicle News

BMW Reveals 2019 i3 & i3s With 42.2 kWh Battery

BMW i3/i3s now comes packing a significantly higher capacity 42.2 kWh battery.

BMW, as anticipated since late 2017, is introducing the new 2019 model year i3 and i3s with higher-capacity battery packs and longer range. The battery of new version is 42.2 kWh (with 120 Ah lithium-ion cells). Expected EPA range is ~153 miles.

Battery capacity doubled compared to the 1st versions of the i3 from late 2013 (21.6 kWh) and increased by approximately 30% compared to the 2nd version unveiled in May 2016 (33.2 kWh).

Sales of the new version should begin in the first few markets in Europe in November and December 2018.

As powertrain output remains the same (125 kW i3 and 135 kW i3s) let’s compare range:

New 2019 BMW i3/i3s (42.2 kWh; 120 Ah)

  • Typical: 260 km (162 miles)
  • Expected EPA: around 246 km (153 miles)
  • WLTP: 285-310 km (177-193 miles) / 270-285 km (168-177 miles)
  • NEDC: 359 km (223 miles) / 330-345 km (205-214 miles)

Outgoing BMW i3/i3s (33.2 kWh; 90 Ah)

  • Typical: 200 km (124 miles)
  • EPA: 183 km (114 miles) / 172 km (107 miles)
  • WLTP: 235-255 km (146-158 miles) / 235-245 km (146-152 miles)
  • NEDC: 290-300 km (180-186 miles) / 280 km (174 miles)

BMW i3 (21.6 kWh; 60 Ah)

  • Typical: 130-160 km (81-99 miles)
  • EPA: 130 km (81 miles) / N/A
  • WLTP: N/A
  • NEDC: 190 km (118 miles) / N/A

The range-extended REx version will still be available for both i3 and i3s.

BMW i3 (120 Ah)

What else is new in the 2019 i3/i3?

Well, there are many smaller improvements like a new body finish, a new color for the optional interior design Loft and adaptive LED headlights with matrix function for the high beam.

BMW i3 (120 Ah)

BMW i3 (120 Ah)

2019 BMW i3/i3s spec:

  • 42.2 kWh battery
  • 8 modules with 12 cells each (120 Ah lithium-ion cells)
  • Typical range 260 km (162 miles)
  • WLTP range : 285-310 km (177-193 miles) / 270-285 km (168-177 miles)
  • NEDC range : 359 km (223 miles) / 330-345 km (205-214 miles)
  • electric motors: 125 kW / 135 kW
  • 0-60 mph: 7.2 seconds / 6.8 seconds
  • 0-100 km/h: 7.3 seconds / 6.9 seconds
  • 80-120 km/h: 5.1 seconds / 4.3 seconds
  • on-board charger: 7.4 kW single-phase or 11 kW three-phase
  • DC fast charging: 0-80% in 42 minutes at 50 kW
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With new high-voltage batteries for an even further extended range and retaining characteristic BMW sporty flair: the BMW i3 (120 Ah) and the BMW i3s (120 Ah).

Storage capacity further increased, having now doubled since the market launch of the BMW i3 – Operating range for locally emissions-free mobility is increased to as much as 260 kilometres in everyday conditions without any loss of brand-based driving pleasure – Additional new features: sports package for the BMW i3, new colours for the exterior and interior.

Munich. Consistent further development of BMW eDrive technology once again ensures enhanced driving pleasure in the purely electrically powered models of the BMW i brand. With cell capacity increased to 120 ampere hours (Ah) and a gross energy content of 42.2 kilowatt hours (kWh), a new generation of high-voltage batteries enables the BMW i3 (120 Ah) (combined power consumption: 13.1 kWh/100 km; combined CO2 emissions: 0 g/km)* and the BMW i3s (120 Ah) (combined power consumption: 14.6 – 14.0 kWh/100 km; combined CO2 emissions: 0 g/km)* to achieve a significantly further enhanced range as of November 2018. In everyday use, the two models are now able to cover a distance of 260 kilometres*** – an increase of almost 30 per cent.

In this way, BMW i is consolidating its position as an innovation leader and trendsetter in the field of pioneering electromobility with hallmark brand driving pleasure and excellent everyday practicality. Since the market launch of the BMW i3, the storage capacity of its high-voltage battery has been doubled, thereby increasing the car’s range as well. At the same time as the introduction of the new battery, a new body finish, a new colour for the optional interior design Loft and adaptive LED headlights with matrix function for the high beam are also available for the BMW i3 and BMW i3s. In future, a sports package will be available for the BMW i3 that includes black wheel arch surrounds and a sports suspension with specific dampers, springs and stabilisers, lowered suspension, a widened track and 20-inch light alloy wheels. The optimised guidance system in the tile design of the iDrive operating system is now available in conjunction with the optional navigation system Business. In future, the options telephony with wireless charging and wireless LAN hotspot will also be available for the BMW i3 and BMW i3s.

Ongoing progress in battery development: increased energy content while dimensions remain the same.

Like the electric motors and power electronics, the high-voltage batteries are an integral part of the BMW eDrive technology used in BMW i automobiles and developed independently by the BMW Group. Its lithium-ion cells are produced exclusively based on specifications defined by the BMW Group. Based on sound research and development work conducted in close cooperation with the manufacturer of the battery cells, consistent optimisation of the storage units is achieved in terms of power output, range, safety and durability. Installed deep in the floor of the vehicle, the high-voltage battery is produced at the BMW plant in Dingolfing and consists of eight modules, each with twelve storage cells: the latest advancements have resulted in a capacity of 120 Ah along with a gross energy content of 42.2 kWh – while the size remains unchanged. This is yet another major step towards increased range. For comparison: at the market launch of the BMW i3 in 2013, the equivalent figures were 60 Ah and 22.6 kWh, while the second-generation battery introduced in 2016 reaches a level of 94 Ah and 33 kWh.

In addition to vehicle weight and the installation space taken up by the high-voltage battery, driving performance and energy consumption likewise remain virtually unaltered by the increased range achieved by the latest advancements. The BMW i3, powered by a 125 kW/170 hp electric motor, accelerates in 7.3 seconds from zero to 100 km/h, while the BMW i3s with 135 kW/184 hp completes the standard sprint in 6.9 seconds. This means that the two models both set the benchmark for sporty performance within their vehicle segment. Thanks to spontaneous power delivery as is typical of electric motors, the BMW i3 and BMW i3s even reach the level of sports cars that have a considerably more powerful combustion engine: here the figures are 5.1 and 4.3 seconds respectively for the sprint from 80 to 120 km/h.

The combined power consumption of the BMW i3 (120 Ah) is 13.1 kWh per 100 kilometres*, while the BMW i3s (120 Ah) has a power consumption of 14.6 kWh to 14.0 kWh per 100 kilometres*. The high efficiency of the electric motor and the enhanced battery capacity result in a range that is nearly 30 per cent higher than that of the predecessor models. The range of the BMW i3 (120 Ah) is 359 kilometres* (previously 290 to 300 km) according to NEDC, and 285 to 310 kilometres** (previously 235 – 255 km) according to WLTP. For the BMW i3s (120 Ah), a range of 330 to 345 kilometres* (previously 280 km) has been calculated according to NEDC, and a range of 270 to 285 kilometres** (previously 235 –245 km) according to WLTP. In everyday conditions, both models now achieve a range of 260 kilometres*** (previously 200 km).

The high-quality charging electronics of the BMW i3 and BMW i3s allows fast and flexible refreshment of the energy reserves. The standard charging cable is designed to be plugged into a conventional household socket. Here the battery can be charged to up to 80 per cent of its full power in approximately 15 hours with a charging capacity of 2.4 kW. Connection to the BMW i Wallbox enables rapid three-phase charging with a capacity of 11 kW. Here the time required to achieve an 80 per cent charge of the large-capacity high-voltage battery is 3.2 hours. The power electronics and high-voltage battery in the BMW i3 and BMW i3s can also be used in conjunction with quick-charging stations that run on DC power. Here the charging capacity is 50 kW and the high-voltage battery reaches 80 per cent of its total power in just 42 minutes.

With its battery capacity increased to 42.2 kWh, the latest version of the BMW i3 also follows the brand’s holistic concept, applicable since market launch and geared towards responsible use of resources: this includes not just locally emissions-free power but also material selection and production techniques as well as mobility services. The BMW i3 (120 Ah) and the BMW i3s (120 Ah) have a much more favourable CO2 footprint across the entire vehicle lifecycle – from raw material extraction and manufacture through to use and recycling – and this makes for significantly lower global warming potential than is the case with comparable, conventionally powered automobiles.

Sports package as a new option for the BMW i3.

In future, the new sports package will enable additional emphasis of brand-based driving pleasure derived from locally emissions-free mobility in the BMW i3. The key element of the new option is the sports suspension, which is a standard feature in the BMW i3s and includes specific dampers, springs and stabilisers, a suspension lowered by 10 millimetres, a widened track and 20-inch light alloy wheels in Jet Black or Bicolor finish with mixed tyres. This increase in driving dynamics is visually underscored by means of black wheel arch surrounds, which also form part of the BMW i sports package.

New body finishes, adaptive LED headlights, optimised controls and connectivity.

Since 2014 the BMW i3 has been the world’s best-selling electrically powered vehicle in the premium compact segment. On the streets of urban conurbations it has come to stand as a symbol of pioneering mobility. Its characteristic shaping is closely linked to the LifeDrive vehicle architecture, which combines an aluminium chassis with a passenger cell made carbon fibre reinforced plastic (CFRP). With the introduction of the new battery generation, the design of the BMW i3 and the BMW i3s has been enriched with fresh accentuations. The choice of body finish for the two models has been extended to include the new variant Jucaro Beige metallic with accentuations in Frozen Grey. Meanwhile the exterior paint finishes Mineral Grey metallic, Imperial Blue metallic, Melbourne Red metallic, Capparis White and Fluid Black are still available. To match the new body finish, the optional interior design Loft now includes upholstery in the fabric/Sensatec combination “Electronic” – in Carum Grey with accentuations in brown and interior surfaces in Electronic Brown.

As an alternative to the standard LED headlights, adaptive LED headlights are now available with an automatic, selective dip function for the high beam. The innovative matrix technology for the high beam increases visibility range while at the same avoiding any dazzle effect on other road users. For this purpose it is divided into four horizontally arranged segments which can be activated and deactivated independently of each other at speeds of over 70 km/h. The high beam segments are controlled based on the traffic situation. As soon as the front camera registers an oncoming vehicle or a vehicle travelling ahead in the same direction, the space in which this vehicle is located is illuminated using the low beam only. This is effected by deactivation of the matrix high beam segments that are responsible for this area. The remaining areas of the road continue to be illuminated by the high beam. Adaptive LED headlight functions also include the cornering light and the high beam assistant.

The optimised menu display for the iDrive operating system with buttons in tile structure and in live mode is now also available in conjunction with the optional navigation system Business. This means that the desired content is now available even more quickly and conveniently. What is more, the program of optional equipment items now also includes the option of telephony with wireless charging, which allows compatible mobile phones to be recharged without use of a cable. The wireless LAN hotspot, likewise newly available for the BMW i3 and the BMW i3s, provides a fast online connection for up to ten end devices inside the vehicle.

The figures for fuel consumption, CO 2 emissions and power consumption are calculated based on the measurement methods stipulated in the current version of Regulation (EU) 2007/715. This information is based on a vehicle with basic equipment in Germany; ranges take into account differences in wheel and tyre size selected as well as optional equipment.

* Power consumption, emissions figures and ranges are calculated based on the new WLTP test cycle and adapted to NEDC for comparison purposes, dependent on the tyre format selected.In these vehicles, different figures than those published here may apply for the assessment of taxes and other vehicle-related duties which are (also) based on CO2-emissions. These figures are provisional.

** Ranges based on the WLTP test cycle, dependent on the tyre format selected. In these vehicles, different figures than those published here may apply for the assessment of taxes and other vehicle-related duties which are (also) based on CO2-emissions. These figures are provisional.

*** Figures based on BMW range measurements in everyday driving using a city driving profile, 20°C outdoor temperature, heating/air conditioning, pre-conditioning, COMFORT drive mode. Range depends on various factors, in particular: driving style, route characteristics, outdoor temperature, pre-conditioning.

For further details of the official fuel consumption figures and official specific CO2 emissions of new cars, please refer to the “Manual on fuel consumption, CO2 emissions and power consumption of new cars”, available at sales outlets, from Deutsche Automobil Treuhand GmbH (DAT), Hellmuth-Hirth-Str. 1, 73760 Ostfildern-Scharnhausen and at http://www.dat.de/angebote/verlagsprodukte/leitfaden-kraftstoffverbrauch.html.

 

CO2 EMISSIONS & CONSUMPTION.

BMW i3 (120Ah) / BMW i3s (120Ah): combined fuel consumption 0,0/0,0 l/100 km; combined power consumption: 13.1 / 14.0 – 14.6 kWh/100 km; combined CO 2 emissions: 0 g/km*

The figures for fuel consumption, CO2 emissions and power consumption are calculated based on the measurement methods stipulated in the current version of Regulation (EU) 2007/715. This information is based on a vehicle with basic equipment in Germany; ranges take into account differences in wheel and tyre size selected as well as optional equipment.

* Power consumption, emissions figures and ranges have been calculated based on the new WLTP test cycle and adapted to NEDC for comparison purposes, dependent on the tyre format selected.In these vehicles, different figures than those published here may apply for the assessment of taxes and other vehicle-related duties which are (also) based on CO2-emissions. These figures are provisional.

For further details of the official fuel consumption figures and official specific CO2 emissions of new cars, please refer to the “Manual on fuel consumption, CO2 emissions and power consumption of new cars”, available at sales outlets, from Deutsche Automobil Treuhand GmbH (DAT), Hellmuth-Hirth-Str. 1, 73760 Ostfildern-Scharnhausen and at http://www.dat.de/angebote/verlagsprodukte/leitfaden-kraftstoffverbrauch.html.


Source: Electric Vehicle News