2014 Porsche Panamera Turbo: Around The Block

Sports car? Executive sedan? Yes. ...

Sports car? Executive sedan? Yes.

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2016 Kia Sorento Teased Before Korean Debut Next Month

Sorento grows in size to better compete with three-row crossovers. ...

Sorento grows in size to better compete with three-row crossovers.

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BMW i3 – Is this the world’s most desirable affordable electric car?

Steve Sutcliffe of Autocar had a chance earlier this year to perform a comprehensive test of the BMW i3. In his typical approach, the UK journalist looks at the i3 from all angles and even pushes the electric car quite hard on curvy roads. The BMW i3...

Steve Sutcliffe of Autocar had a chance earlier this year to perform a comprehensive test of the BMW i3. In his typical approach, the UK journalist looks at the i3 from all angles and even pushes the electric car quite hard on curvy roads. The BMW i3’s 170 horsepower and 184 lb-ft of torque hybrid-synchronous electric motor, developed and produced by BMW, is electrified by a 22-kWh lithium-ion battery, good for 80-100 miles of emission-free driving. Designed from the ground up to be an electric car, the BMW i3 uses the Industry’s first mass produced carbon fiber reinforced plastic (CFRP) passenger cell mounted on an aluminum chassis.

BMW i3   Is this the worlds most desirable affordable electric car?

The BMW i3 sprints from 0 to 60 km/h in 3.7 seconds and from 0 to 100 km/h in 7.2 seconds. Its top speed is limited to 150 km/h for efficiency reasons. The base price of the 2014 BMW i3 starts at $41,350 and those looking for the i3 REx (Range Extender) will have to shell out $45,200. Destination and Handling fee is set at $925. The non-metallic paints, Arravani Grey and Capparis White are standard, but those looking for the metallic colors (Ionic Silver, Solar Orange, Laurel Grey and Andesite Silver) will have to pay $550. Two World packages are offered, Giga and Tera, for $1700, respectively $2700. The article BMW i3 – Is this the world’s most desirable affordable electric car? appeared first on BMW BLOG

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BMW Unveils BMW i DC Fast Chargers and ChargeNow DC Fast program

BMW Unveils BMW i DC Fast Chargers and ChargeNow DC Fast program at Plug-In 2014. BMW i DC Fast Chargers, developed in collaboration with Bosch Automotive Service Solutions, are half the size of current DC Combo fast chargers, compatible with mu...

BMW Unveils BMW i DC Fast Chargers and ChargeNow DC Fast program at Plug-In 2014. BMW i DC Fast Chargers, developed in collaboration with Bosch Automotive Service Solutions, are half the size of current DC Combo fast chargers, compatible with multiple electric vehicles and significantly more affordable. BMW i DC Fast Chargers run on the ChargePoint network giving BMW i3 drivers access with a ChargePoint or ChargeNow card. ChargeNow DC Fast enables BMW i3 drivers to charge at no cost, at participating NRG eVgo Freedom Stations equipped with DC Combo Fast Charging, through 2015. San Jose, CA/Woodcliff Lake, NJ – July 28, 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 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. 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.

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BMW M235i Tuned by Dinan

Dinan has announced their tuning program for the new BMW M235i Coupe. The tuning package includes the Performance Spring Set, Free Flow Exhaust system and DINANTRONICS Performance tuner, bumping the power numbers by 44 horsepower and 77 lb-ft of torq...

Dinan has announced their tuning program for the new BMW M235i Coupe. The tuning package includes the Performance Spring Set, Free Flow Exhaust system and DINANTRONICS Performance tuner, bumping the power numbers by 44 horsepower and 77 lb-ft of torque. Dinan’s Bolt-On Free Flow exhaust system features 16 gauge 304 stainless steel construction measured to exact specifications to ensure the proper fit and will resist corrosion for years to come. This system is designed to add a more aggressive sound under acceleration and more horsepower, while reducing drone inside the vehicle thanks to the incorporation of a Helmholtz chamber. The exhaust gasses exit out of the laser engraved twin 89mm ceramic black or polished stainless steel exhaust tips.

BMW M235i Tuned by Dinan

The DINANTRONICS™ Performance Tuner enhances engine performance of the M235i and its Stage 1 DINANTRONICS unit produces 364HP and 407 lb-ft of torque. Dinan’s Performance Spring Set lowers the M235i by ½” front and 1”rear, preserving suspension geometry and lowering the car’s center of gravity for enhanced handling and driver control. An additional option for this system is the progressive rate bump stops to increase suspension travel. The Dinan springs are CNC wound with high-tensile chrome silicon wire and shot-peened for stress relief to last the life of the car.

BMW M235i Tuned by Dinan

The 10% increase in spring rate will reduce the rear suspension compression under acceleration and front suspension compression (or dive) under braking, giving your car a more controlled feel. Reduced body roll makes steering more responsive to driver input and will be noticed at speeds as low as 20 mph, up to the top speed of the vehicle. READ ALSO: BMW M235i with LSD – Test Drive “The M235i is one of the most fun R&D vehicles we’ve ever had,” said Dinan Engineering President Steve Dinan. “We’re excited to see where we can push this car and what kind of extra performance we can extract from the N55 and this nimble chassis.” The kit is now available at www.dinancars.com

BMW M235i Tuned by Dinan

BMW M235i Tuned by Dinan

BMW M235i Tuned by Dinan

BMW M235i Tuned by Dinan

BMW M235i Tuned by Dinan

BMW M235i Tuned by Dinan

BMW M235i Tuned by Dinan

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BMWBLOG orders a BMW i3

BMWBLOG’s 2014 BMW i3 in Solar Orange just went Status 150 – Production Started today and we have our VIN. Choosing an i3 wasn’t a difficult decision.  The tough decision, however, was deciding to get an i3 with or without the Range Ex...

BMWBLOG’s 2014 BMW i3 in Solar Orange just went Status 150 – Production Started today and we have our VIN. Choosing an i3 wasn’t a difficult decision.  The tough decision, however, was deciding to get an i3 with or without the Range Extender.  The i3 REx has so much going for it with roughly twice the range and with an onboard generator to cure one’s range anxiety.  Ultimately however, we elected to go for the pure electric variant given our daily driving range and desire to immerse ourselves in a pure electric driving lifestyle.

BMWBLOG orders a BMW i3

Got electric car range anxiety? The i3 Rex has the cure.  The i3 REx has a rear-mounted 650cc, 34 hp, two-cylinder, gasoline-powered generator, which roughly doubles the i3’s range. In the U.S., when the battery gets to about 6%, the Range Extender kicks in. The Range Extender never directly drives the vehicle’s wheels as it instead just generates electricity. The system also adds roughly 330 lbs. to the vehicle curb weight and has a fuel capacity of 2.4 gallons in Europe and 1.9 gallons in the US.  Choosing an i3 REx adds $3,850 to the base price of the pure electric (BEV) i3.  In our case, our daily range doesn’t really exceed 50 miles, so we felt comfortable with the i3 pure electric.  It will be interesting to see how the range fluctuates with Midwestern winters. READ ALSO: Can I fit my bass in a BMW i3? As far as options go, we were fairly liberal with checking boxes.  We started with Tera World which adds full leather, comfort access, universal garage door opener and 19” alloy style 428 wheels with 19/155/70’s front 19/175/60 rear tires.  Then we added the Tech and Driving assist package which adds Active Cruise Control, enhanced “Professional” Navigation, BMW Apps and BMW Online as well as Real-Time Traffic. Though we didn’t really want parking assistant, the Rear View Camera and Park Distance control were more of a necessity as we will be backing our i3 into the garage to its charger.  We are, however, looking forward to playing around with the Parking Assistant just to see how far this technology has come.  Finally, we specked our i3 in Solar Orange and heated seats, which completed our order. To lease or to buy the i3

BMWBLOG orders a BMW i3

This one was actually far more difficult than I thought.  I have never leased a car before as I like to buy and hold my cars longer than the typical lease.  Though there is no right or wrong answer here, my main reasoning here is that I’ve never owned an electric car before and this is an easier way to tiptoe in.  Leasing will give me a defined amount that three years of driving will cost.  Others feel that the lease is such a bad deal that they recommend purchasing.  Even our EV expert, Tom Moloughney purchased his i3 REx. A definite downside to leasing is that BMW gives you only $4850 of the $7500 tax credit where other manufactures like Nissan give you the full credit when you lease their Leaf electric car.  BMW states that they can only claim the $4875 in a lease.  Owner’s Choice is one way BMW does give you a way at capturing the full $7500 tax credit via a $7500 loan that is due when you turn the i3 back in.  The purchaser claims the credit on their taxes and keeps the dollars amount to pay back at the end the agreement term.

BMWBLOG orders a BMW i3

Charging the i3 from a Solar Array An electric car plus a Solar array is a pretty sweet combo.  We have a 12 kW system for our house and in July we have consumed 32 kWh while producing a daily average of 53 kWh.  It is summer and the days are longest but even in the winter, I am hoping our Solar System will produce more than we consume.  So we should be able to drive our i3 BEV on solar power while still being a net producer. BMW i3  – $41,350 Solar Orange Metallic with Frozen Grey accent – $550 Tera World – $2,700 Tech & Driving Asst Package – $2,500 Parking Asst Package – $1,000 Heated Front Seats – $350 Destination & Handling – $925 MSRP – $49,375 We have a production number and the i3 is expected to go into production the week of August 4th. READ ALSO: How to track your BMW i3 order The article BMWBLOG orders a BMW i3 appeared first on BMW BLOG

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The 2017 BMW 6 Series will continue to be built at Dingolfing plant

According to a report by Automobile Woche, the new 2017 BMW 6 Series models will be built at the Dingolfing plant. BMW met with union representatives from IG Metall to discuss the future plans and the proposed savings programs as well which will save...

According to a report by Automobile Woche, the new 2017 BMW 6 Series models will be built at the Dingolfing plant. BMW met with union representatives from IG Metall to discuss the future plans and the proposed savings programs as well which will save about 100 million euros at locations in Dingolfing, Regensburg and Munich. The two parties also agreed to a reduction of the so-called 15-minute snack break which will account for 35 million euros savings.

The 2017 BMW 6 Series will continue to be built at Dingolfing plant

IG Metall also wants further investments at the plant, including a new paint shop and upgrades to the press shop. The 2017 BMW 6 Series, presumably named G32 and G33, is based on the 2016 G30 BMW 5 Series so will feature a lighter chassis and will make use of lightweight materials. The luxurious two-and four-door will remain priced clearly above the BMW 5 Series and retain their own interior. At least one variant with a plug-in hybrid drive will be added to the 6 Series family, while most of the variants will continue to be powered by conventional petrol and diesel engines. [Source: Bimmertoday] The article The 2017 BMW 6 Series will continue to be built at Dingolfing plant appeared first on BMW BLOG

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Video: The BMW M3 vs the Alpina D3

With the addition of turbochargers to the M3, the difference between these Alpina and BMW M have lessens. But could the D3 truly be as good as the M3? And (gasp) could it be faster? Autocar’s… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my w...

With the addition of turbochargers to the M3, the difference between these Alpina and BMW M have lessens. But could the D3 truly be as good as the M3? And (gasp) could it be faster? Autocar’s… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]

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BMW Unveils BMW i DC Fast Chargers & ChargeNow DC Fast Program

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… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my w...

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… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]

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Slicks + Nordschleife = Scary Movie. Impressions of RCN Race #5

Slicks + Nordschleife = Scary Movie. Impressions of RCN race #5 from Green Hell Nurburgring extraordinaire lukester. ...

Slicks + Nordschleife = Scary Movie. Impressions of RCN race #5 from Green Hell Nurburgring extraordinaire lukester.

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