2014 BMW i8 Concours d’Elegance Edition Set for Pebble Beach Auction

One-off i8 features laser headlights, special paint and interior trim. ...

One-off i8 features laser headlights, special paint and interior trim.

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Spied: 2015 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Prototype

707-hp supercharged sedan is all but confirmed. ...

707-hp supercharged sedan is all but confirmed.

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BMW i3 City Car is at Home in the Country

If you listen to BMW marketing, they’ll have you convinced that the only place to really experience the full benefits of the i3 is to drive it in a city environment. Pretty much every description they offer for the i3 includes how it’s a ...

If you listen to BMW marketing, they’ll have you convinced that the only place to really experience the full benefits of the i3 is to drive it in a city environment. Pretty much every description they offer for the i3 includes how it’s a car made for the Megacities of the world. Take this from the BMW i website for instance: “Electric and electrifying – the BMW i3 redefines mobililty(sic): with its visionary design and innovative BMW eDrive transmission it’s the sustainably designed vehicle for everyday urban use.”

BMW i3 City Car is at Home in the Country

I’m definitely not saying the i3 isn’t perfectly capable of negotiating the urban jungle on a daily basis. In fact, city driving is where the i3 is most efficient. Driving streetlight to streetlight, using the regenerative braking to recapture much of the energy used, since you rarely drive for long without needing to slow down, is the type of driving that will allow for better overall range.  Aside from this efficiency advantage and the fact that you usually don’t need drive so far (making the limited range less of a concern) and perhaps the ease of parking the i3′s tiny frame on city streets, there isn’t any other advantage to driving it in the city. I’ve now been driving electric for over five years and have piled up about 150,000 electric miles on my MINI-E, ActiveE and i3. The crazy thing is, I live in a very rural part of New Jersey where cows and horses are part of everyday life and the bright lights of New York City are over 50 miles away. Like my previous EVs, my i3 has adjusted well to life in the country, even if this isn’t the life BMW had envisioned for its carbon fiber halo car.

BMW i3 City Car is at Home in the Country

However I’m not satisfied just saying it can do fine in the country and suburbs. I believe it is indeed better suited for a life outside the city limits, so please allow me to defend that statement. For starters, the vast majority of people who live in the suburbs and in rural areas live in private residences and the exact opposite is true for those who live in cities. Living in a private residence gives you control over your electrical supply and parking arrangements, which as you know is pretty important if you drive an electric car. You simply hang a 240v EVSE in your garage or carport and your refueling issues are mostly solved. The vast majority of electric vehicle charging occurs at home, and having the ability to install a home based EVSE where you live really simplifies things. Conversely if you live in an apartment or condo in the city, establishing a location to park and charge your car can be an enormous challenge. I have had dozens of people who live in New York City reach out to me through this blog asking for help in securing a charging location because they wanted to buy an EV. It’s not impossible, but it requires a lot of work and in many cases a lot of money and persistence. Some parking garages have allowed customers to install a private EVSE and separate meter so they can pay for the electric it uses. This usually costs a couple thousand dollars and requires a lot of legwork. Other garages have allowed the person to plug into an existing 120v outlet and pay a small monthly fee for the energy which is the best solution if 120v charging will offer enough energy for the persons driving needs. In any case, it’s a lot harder to recharge your car if you live in the city.

BMW i3 City Car is at Home in the Country

Then there is the driving experience. Of course the car drives the same in any environment, however I contend you simply cannot possibly enjoy the full benefits of an electric car while driving it in the city. I can still remember a few years ago when I was driving my MINI-E home from work one night. I own a restaurant so some nights I drive home late at night after closing and the roads by my house are desolate. This particular summer night I had the windows open and the radio was not turned up too loud. I remember hearing a squeaking sound and thinking there was a problem with the radio so I lowered it a bit but when I did the noise got louder. It was then that I realized the noise was crickets. The car was so quiet, I could hear crickets as I drove along at night as clearly as if they were sitting inside the car with me. I promptly turned the radio completely off and finished my drive home to the chorus of crickets. Five years later I still roll down the windows and turn off the radio on some summer nights, and allow the crickets to serenade me on my way home. It’s about as peaceful and relaxing as anything I can imagine, and I arrive home calm, relaxed and ready for bed. Open the windows of your car in New York City at any time, day or night and you’ll hear horns beeping, people yelling, sirens blaring and car engines racing. You simply cannot appreciate the quietness of an electric car in the city as much as you can in the country because there are so many other loud noises occurring constantly around you that are overwhelming your peaceful retreat to silence. In the country, crickets are about as loud as it gets.

BMW i3 City Car is at Home in the Country

Finally there’s the energy savings. City dwellers don’t drive much because everything is close so they won’t realize the fuel savings as much as those who need to drive farther. I said above that I have driven 150,000 miles in the past five years with my EVs. If I had done that with a car that averaged 30 miles per gallon (which is much more efficient than the average car), I would have spent around $18,500 for gasoline. Instead my electric cars used only about $8,000 in electricity so I’ve pocketed about $10,500 in fuel savings. A typical person who lives in the city would have driven much less than I have and their energy savings would also be much less accordingly. In fact, most people I know who live in the city don’t even own a car, as it is too expensive and just not necessary because of the extensive public transportation system. [Source: bmwi3blogspot] The article BMW i3 City Car is at Home in the Country appeared first on BMW BLOG

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2015 Ford F-150 Starts at $26,615

2.7-liter Ecoboost V-6 costs only $495 extra over base V-6. ...

2.7-liter Ecoboost V-6 costs only $495 extra over base V-6.

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GSR F80 M3 / F82 M4 ECU Flash Tune Yields +50whp / +50wtq

GSR Autosport and Jailbreak Tuning have published the first figures from their F80 M3 / F82 M4 ECU software tune for the s55 engine. Results yielded +50whp +50wtq mid range on 91 Octane! ...

GSR Autosport and Jailbreak Tuning have published the first figures from their F80 M3 / F82 M4 ECU software tune for the s55 engine. Results yielded +50whp +50wtq mid range on 91 Octane!

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BMW Unveils BMW i DC Fast Chargers and ChargeNow DC Fast program at Plug-In 2014

At Plug-In 2014, a conference dedicated to discussing key issues for the long-term success of electric vehicles, BMW of North America launched its BMW i DC Fast Chargers which can charge the BMW i3 all-electric vehicle’s battery up to 80 percent in...

At Plug-In 2014, a conference dedicated to discussing key issues for the long-term success of electric vehicles, BMW of North America launched its BMW i DC Fast Chargers which can charge the BMW i3 all-electric vehicle’s battery up to 80 percent in 30 minutes. A joint development between BMW and Bosch Automotive Service Solutions, BMW i DC Fast Chargers will change the face of public charging as the first compact and affordable DC Combo fast charger. The first BMW i DC Fast Charger will be on display at Plug-In 2014 on July 28 at the San Jose Convention Center. BMW also announced its new ChargeNow DC Fast program in cooperation with NRG eVgo, in which BMW i3 drivers in California can enjoy no cost unlimited 30 minute DC fast charging, at NRG eVgo Freedom Station® sites equipped with DC Combo Fast Charging, through 2015.

BMW Unveils BMW i DC Fast Chargers and ChargeNow DC Fast program at Plug In 2014

Introducing the BMW i DC Fast Charger Conventional DC fast chargers are about the size of a standard refrigerator, cost tens of thousands of dollars and require a significant amount of electricity. Half the size of a traditional electric vehicle DC charger – measuring 31”H x 19”W x 12”D and weighing approximately 100 pounds – BMW i DC Fast Chargers can be mounted on a wall, a first for electric vehicle DC fast chargers. In addition, BMW i DC Fast Chargers will be priced significantly less than other DC Combo chargers in the market at $6,548 for authorized BMW partners. “This is a milestone in the development of the DC fast charging infrastructure. With more than five years of real world experience, we understand that a robust network of publicly available DC Combo Fast Chargers is a key part of the mobility of tomorrow,” said Robert Healey, EV Infrastructure Manager, at BMW of North America. “BMW is offering the BMW i DC Fast Charger at an appealing price point, and more manageable size, to make the convenience of DC fast charging more accessible for BMW i3 owners.” The 24 kW DC Fast Charger feeds the current directly to the vehicle’s battery, resulting in a more efficient and faster charge. BMW i DC Fast Chargers use the SAE Combo 1 connector, the North American automotive industry standard for fast charging; feature a rugged aluminum IP54 enclosure; meet NEMA 3 requirements; and are designed to perform in extreme weather conditions, from -40°F to 185°F. Additionally, the BMW i DC Fast Charger is ChargePoint network-enabled, allowing electric vehicle drivers with the SAE Combo 1 inlet to access the BMW i DC Fast Charger using a ChargePoint or ChargeNow card. Major automakers including BMW, GM, Ford, Chrysler, Daimler, Volkswagen, Audi and Porsche have committed to adopting the SAE Combo 1 inlet for DC charging. The BMW i DC Fast Chargers will be available for BMW i Centers across the U.S. beginning in August. Introducing ChargeNow DC Fast for BMW i3 Drivers In keeping with its holistic approach to making DC fast charging more accessible and, in turn, increasing the adoption of electric vehicles, BMW, in cooperation with NRG eVgo, will offer no cost charging to BMW i3 drivers at participating eVgo Freedom Station sites equipped with DC Combo Fast Charging in California through 2015. Using their ChargeNow cards, BMW i3 drivers will have access to unlimited 30-minute DC fast charging sessions with the ChargeNow DC Fast program. BMW i3 owners can sign up easily for ChargeNow DC Fast at chargenow.com/us. In order to receive the full benefits of the program, BMW i3 drivers must use the ChargeNow card, provided with their BMW i3, to charge the vehicle at least once by December 31, 2014, at a participating eVgo Freedom Station. By doing so, BMW i3 drivers will enjoy continued access to no cost DC charging sessions through the end of 2015. Eligible BMW i3 vehicles must be equipped with the DC Fast Charging option (SAE). “We’re confident the rapidly-expanding NRG eVgo DC Fast Charging network will provide significant benefits to BMW i3 drivers in California,” continued Mr. Healey. “With the cooperation between ChargePoint and NRG eVgo, ChargeNow DC Fast brings us closer to the reality of one card, one account public charging network interoperability.” eVgo will deploy a minimum of 100 BMW i3 compatible DC Fast Chargers across California to support the ChargeNow DC Fast Program. The article BMW Unveils BMW i DC Fast Chargers and ChargeNow DC Fast program at Plug-In 2014 appeared first on BMW BLOG

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Looking forward to Spielberg.

The BMW DTM Teams are heading to Austria: On 3rd August, the “Red Bull Ring” at Spielberg will host the sixth round of the 2014 DTM season. Everyone is looking forward to the race in the Styrian Alps. Jens Marquardt (BMW Motorsport Director): ...

The BMW DTM Teams are heading to Austria: On 3rd August, the “Red Bull Ring” at Spielberg will host the sixth round of the 2014 DTM season. Everyone is looking forward to the race in the Styrian Alps.

Jens Marquardt (BMW Motorsport Director): “The first half of the 2014 DTM season is over and things couldn’t have gone much better for BMW Motorsport, with three victories in five races. The BMW M4 DTM got off to a dream start: From the word go our new challenger was victorious as it crossed the finish line with Marco Wittmann at the wheel in Hockenheim. In Budapest Marco followed this up with his second victory and leads the drivers’ standings. And Maxime Martin, one of our rookies this year, celebrated his first pole position and first victory at the last race in Moscow. We have been strong in the first half of the season. Now we will give it our all to stay on track. The fans can definitely look forward to an exciting second half of the season. As of this week, we now know we will return to Zandvoort at the end of September. Naturally we would have loved to visit China. However, in order for a DTM race to be held successfully, it is important that the general conditions are right, from a safety point of view, but also from a sporting and commercial perspective. It wasn’t possible to meet the required standards for this race. But for now we are looking forward to the next race in Spielberg. It won’t be easy for us: The performance weights that we have to carry in our cars as a result of our good results to date will definitely play a role from this point on.” Bart Mampaey (Team Principal, BMW Team RBM): “In Moscow the two safety car periods put a spoke in our wheels, so if it wasn’t for that we would have been in with a chance of a good result. We want to make up for that in Spielberg. The one thing missing from this year is a great result. I hope our luck will change in Austria and that we will pick up some points. Everyone in the team is working very hard towards this.” Charly Lamm (Team Principal, BMW Team Schnitzer): “After Bruno Spengler’s second place in Moscow, we head to Spielberg full of confidence. No other track on the DTM calendar is closer to our team HQ in Freilassing than the Red Bull Ring. That makes the race a bit like our home race. Last season in BMW’s one-two-three result we had a perfect race weekend with pole position and Bruno’s victory. That’s why we’re really looking forward to returning to Spielberg.” Ernest Knoors (Team Principal, BMW Team MTEK): “The return to Spielberg brings back a lot of positive memories for our team. Last season we finished second and third in BMW’s historic one-two-three, making it the first race where we showed just how much potential our team has. I am confident we will do well at the Red Bull Ring once again this year. At the last race in Moscow Timo Glock would have been in with a chance of securing a spot on the podium. He had the right pace. And there’s no doubt that António Félix da Costa in the Red Bull BMW M4 DTM is highly motivated as well.” Stefan Reinhold (Team Principal, BMW Team RMG): “Overall we have definitely had a positive first half of the season. With three victories and three pole positions we have had a dream start. Our drivers and the whole team are doing a fantastic job. We will do our best to continue our success story in the upcoming races. Finishing second last season, Marco Wittmann showed that he can cope with the Red Bull Ring. It will be Maxime Martin’s first DTM race in Spielberg, but the same was true for Moscow. This is why we are optimistic heading into the sixth race weekend of the year.” Augusto Farfus (car number 3, BMW Team RBM): “Spielberg is a great track. I love the landscape there. It’s one of the most beautiful backdrops in the DTM. The track itself has extremely fast bends, which should suit our car. I like this type of corners. It’s very important to have a car with a good high-speed balance, but that can also decelerate well. Last year we qualified well and had a good race. I hope that we can repeat that.” Joey Hand (car number 4, BMW Team RBM): “Spielberg is one of the tracks on which I have already had good results and I really like the track. The surroundings are beautiful too. The atmosphere is just fantastic. It has everything: a great race track, fabulous scenery and excellent fans. All this is why the event is a real highlight of the season for me.” Bruno Spengler (car number 9, BMW Team Schnitzer): “Spielberg is a great track. There are uphill and downhill sections and the track has a little bit of everything: long straights, hard braking zones, slow and fast corners. The final two corners are extremely demanding. The final corner, with a bump in the middle, is particularly fun. Last year went very well for us. I won the race and there were three BMW drivers on the podium. Of course each year is different, but we will do our best to be successful again.” Martin Tomczyk (car number 10, BMW Team Schnitzer): “I have high expectations. I love Spielberg and the Red Bull Ring. It’s a great race track and I’m happy we are returning there with the DTM. It’s a sensational track with a great layout, which you don’t see all that often. I have been successful there in the past and hope that will be the case this year.” Timo Glock (car number 17, BMW Team MTEK): “I’m already looking forward to Spielberg. I’ve had some successful races there. The best memories are, of course, those from last year when we had three BMW drivers on the podium. I hope that we will be just as strong again this year. It’s a very fluid track with many fast corners. But there is also a long straight. We should be well positioned once again.” António Félix da Costa (car number 18, BMW Team MTEK): “We’re looking forward to Spielberg. I think the track will suit our car, particularly in the second and third sectors, where there are lots of high-speed corners. I like this type of fast corner. It’s like a home race for me and the Red Bull BMW M4 DTM and I always love representing the brand’s colours. We need to remain focussed and do our homework so that we are competitive in qualifying and in the race.” Marco Wittmann (car number 23, BMW Team RMG): “I’m really looking forward to Spielberg. The track is great, as is the landscape. It makes for a fantastic atmosphere. I achieved my best DTM result up to that point there last year, which is why I am really excited. I’m hoping for another strong result this year. Particularly after last year’s success when I finished second in qualifying and in the race, I’m optimistic about the weekend.” Maxime Martin (car number 24, BMW Team RMG): “I’ve already raced in Spielberg and tested there last year in the BMW M3 DTM. The landscape there is just fantastic, and the track is interesting. That’s why I’m looking forward to the weekend. The track is really fast and demanding for us drivers. I like it. I’m already excited to see what we will be able to achieve there. BMW was really strong there last year and finished first, second and third. We will all be trying to repeat that success this year.”

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Hitting The Palms To Pines Highway In A 2014 Audi RS7

Desert confidential. ...

Desert confidential.

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2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat VIN 0001 Bound for Auction

A slice of modern musclecar history. ...

A slice of modern musclecar history.

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BMW F80 M3 / F82 M4 Complete Technical Docs (With S55 Engine Guide)

We have posted the full technical docs to the F80 M3 and F82 M4, as well as the complete technical documents guide to the S55 engine. ...

We have posted the full technical docs to the F80 M3 and F82 M4, as well as the complete technical documents guide to the S55 engine.

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