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  • BMW i8 Concept Spyder

    It's a tough job selling electric cars anywhere in huge numbers at the moment, with much of the buying public still skeptical of the potential benefits. Spare a thought for those trying to sell electric cars in Germany then, where buyers are traditionally even more conservative in their tastes. To this end, BMW has taken the very Germanic, no-nonsense step of telling his countrymen to "get over it" and drop their fear of electric vehicle technology. According to Bloomberg, BMW CEO Norbert Reithofer has told his fellow Germans they should put aside their fears of the unknown and embrace...

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    BMW Electric Car Owners Get Gas-Powered Loaner For Longer Trips

    Rightly or wrongly, many potential electric car owners are a little put off by the fear of occasionally running out of electricity before their destination--a condition termed "range anxiety". In reality, it's something that existing electric car owners grow out of, once they're used to their...

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    BMW i3 Electric Car, i8 Plug-In Hybrid: First Rides For Journalists

    Two of the most exciting electric vehicles due over the next few years both originate from German automaker, BMW. The i3 city car and i8 sports car are both clean-sheet designs, developed from the ground up as plug-in vehicles. With carbon-fiber chassis, purpose-designed interiors and unique...

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    BMW Exec Reaffirms Commitment To Plug-In Cars

    Automakers don't give up profits easily. So when one of the world's most profitable, BMW, commits to building a range of electric vehicles, they have to be taken seriously. BMW Chairman Dr. Norbert Reithofer has reaffirmed this commitment during a recent teleconference. "We consider electric...

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    Confirmed: U.S. Mini Will Soon Get 3-Cylinder Engine Option

    At last week’s Paris Auto Show, BMW unveiled the Concept Active Tourer, a compact plug-in hybrid wagon powered by a combination of battery power and a 3-cylinder gasoline engine. At the moment, BMW’s new 1.5-liter, 3-cylinder engine, designed in part for use in its upcoming i8 plug-in...

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    BMW Experimenting With Infrared Heating For Electric Cars

    Just how do you keep occupants of an electric car warm? That’s the question that automakers have been tackling for many years, as they bring mass-produced plug-in cars to market. Now BMW thinks it has the solution to keeping occupants warm in the middle of winter: infrared heating. The use of...

  • BMW i3 Concept MkII

    If you're selling a futuristic vehicle, why not sell it using futuristic means? That's the strategy BMW is looking to take with its i3 and i8 plug-in cars, when both go on sale in Europe in a few years time. The German automaker may well have just opened a specialised showroom for the cars in London, but as a way of reducing overheads on already-expensive cars, BMW plans to sell the i3 and i8 over the internet. Selling cars over the internet is nothing new, but according to Bloomberg, BMW will be selling vehicles directly, rather than through dealer channels. The internet orders will be...

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    Five Hybrid Concept Cars We REALLY Want To Drive

    Every now and then, we allow our thoughts to drift here at GreenCarReports. Naturally, we're thinking forward rather than back, and often to the cars we might be driving around in five or ten years time. We've compiled a list of five concept cars seen at auto shows over the last year or so. All are...

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    BMW Reminds Us i3, i8 Electric Cars Are Coming With New Video

    BMW’s 2014 i8 plug-in hybrid sports car might have been spotted wearing standard-issue "carmoflague" while cold-weather testing in Sweden, but now the German automaker wants to remind us how it really looks. The reminder comes courtesy of BMW’s latest teaser video, showing the i8 and...

  • BMW i3 Concept, Nov. 2011
    Are The BMW i3 And i8 Electric Cars A Mission Impossible?

    At the 2011 Los Angeles Auto Show, BMW introduced its press conference with a preview of the next installment of the Tom Cruise Mission Impossible movie series. BMW features prominently in this production, with its plug-in hybrid supercar i8 as one of the team’s advanced tools. The movie's...

  • BMW i3 and i8 preview, New York City, November 2011, photo by Tom Moloughney
    Sneak Peek: BMW i3 And i8 U.S. Debut Before LA Auto Show

    Yesterday afternoon, BMW hosted a Special Sneak Peek Preview Event of the BMW i3 and BMW i8 concept electric cars in New York. Both cars will make their official U.S. debut at next week's Los Angeles Auto Show. After an hour-long photo session, we were addressed by Richard Kim, exterior designer...

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    BMW Purif-i Hand Sanitizer Even Cleaner Than i3 Electric Car

    The world of car-branded merchandise has resulted in some unusual items in the past. Ferrari, for instance is well known for its scarlet-clad teddy bears and a hugely expensive carbon fiber measuring stick. On the other hand, Porsche Design, a company affiliated with the sports car maker, makes...

  • BMW i8 Concept live photos, 2011 Frankfurt Auto Show

    BMW has taken a radical departure from its traditional brand of teutonic sedans with its "i" range. The i3 is a carbon-bodied electric city car and the i8 a plug-in hybrid sports coupe, and both display wild styling and high-tech features. We were at the 2011 Frankfurt Auto Show to get a closer look. BMW i8 Plug-In Hybrid Sports Coupe The i8 is probably the most exciting of the duo. It's a rakish sports coupe with flowing lines and cool blue highlights, with large glass doors making it impossible to miss. It's clearly a BMW too, helped by the traditional kidney grille - probably the only...

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    2014 BMW i3 Electric Car Spotted During Filming In Chicago

    Were it not for imminent reveals at the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show in mid September, you might think the automakers were getting careless with their upcoming models. First, Audi's E1 e-tron was caught on camera in the center of Berlin, being filmed in camoflage for an Audi promotional video. The E1...

  • BMW i8 and i3 concept cars
    BMW i3 Electric Car And BMW i8 Plug-In Hybrid: Overview

    BMW today revealed concept versions of its first-ever production electric cars: the i3 battery electric minicar and i8 plug-in hybrid sports coupe. The designs and details of both cars were unveiled in a Frankfurt press conference that was broadcast globally on the Internet. That degree of...

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    BMW i8 Concept: Plug-In Hybrid Sports Coupe—Full Details

    While its sports coupes are more of a known entity, the i8 Concept shown in Frankfurt today may be the most radical coupe BMW has ever built. Its “stream flow” lines, characteristic of the new BMW ‘I’ sub-brand, include an adaptation of the BMW twin-kidney grille and...

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    The Fastest, Coolest, Sexiest Supercars Now Come With Plugs

    Supercars: sleek, blindingly fast, ultra-expensive objects of lust for 14-year-old boys and sober-suited executives alike. For decades, supercars were powered solely by gasoline. But now there's a new gang in town, and they've upended all the rules. The newest, coolest, most jaw-dropping supercars...

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    BMW Hires Lead Electric-Car Engineer From Chevy Volt Team

    Not so long ago, the notion of luxury German brand BMW hiring an engineer from General Motors might have been a stretch. The company prefers to promote engineers from within its Munich engineering headquarters. But reports that Frank Weber, the lead engineer of the 2011 Chevrolet Volt team, has...

  • BMW Vision EfficientDynamics (a.k.a. i8)

    The announcement of the all-new BMW sub-brand took the automotive industry by surprise earlier this year, but after check out the facts sounds like an interesting move to differentiate BMW’s offering in the hybrid and electric market. Our last report covered the car formerly known as the Megacity and now known as the symbol…wait that something different entirely. Getting back on track, the Megacity will be introduced to consumers sometime in 2013 as the i3. Now in a set of spy videos caught by Bimmerpost.com we get a close look at the i8 sports coupe. If the i8 sounds familiar or...

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    eMission Impossible? BMW’s i8 Plug-in Hybrid Gets Hollywood Launch

    What’s better for a new brand of car than a bunch of A-list celebrities choosing it as the vehicle of choice around Hollywood? For BMW, the answer is simple: A starring role in the next blockbuster. While it may look more like the futuristic car driven by Chief John Anderton in the 2002...

  • BMW press event introducing 'i' sub-brand, Munich, Feb 2011
    BMW to Rename MegaCity as BMW i3, Promises Plug-in Hybrid

    Its just about to launch trails of its rear-wheel drive electric Active E sedan, but German automaker BMW has just announced a whole new sub-brand for electric and plug-in hybrid BMWs. Called the BMWi, the range will encompass BMW’s eco-conscious vehicles and offer unprecedented...

  • BMW press event introducing 'i' sub-brand, Munich, Feb 2011
    BMW Confirms 'i' Electric Sub-Brand, Lineup: MegaCity Now i3

    Auto marketers and PR people have a love-hate relationship with the Internet. It lets them connect directly with users and fans, but it also transmits facts, leaks, and rumors at lightning speed. That meant that this morning's BMW press conference, telecast live from BMW Welt in a snowy Munich...

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