First BMW electric car was built 43 years ago

The BMW i3 is BMW’s first, real, mass produced all-electric car. But it is definitely not their first attempt. BMW has been making electric cars for 40 years. They weren’t always any good, but they proved to be learning experience. In 197...

The BMW i3 is BMW’s first, real, mass produced all-electric car. But it is definitely not their first attempt. BMW has been making electric cars for 40 years. They weren’t always any good, but they proved to be learning experience. In 1972, BMW decided make an electric, Frankenstein version of the 1600. Powered by a 32 kilowatt electric motor (the equivalent of 42 hp), the Electric 1602 could hit 30 mph in 8 seconds. Yes, that’s 8 seconds to 30. It took 772 lbs of lead-acid batteries to power the feeble motor, which is like putting one and a half BMW 1000rr motorcycles in the trunk. It also had no means of charging so the batteries needed to be switched out to keep going.

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Next came the BMW LS Electric, in 1975 which actually had a plug, to charge it. The only problem is that it took 14 hours to charge and could only go 19 miles on a single charge. Powered by a Bosche electric motor and 700 lbs of batteries, the LS Electric was a disaster. But maybe it was a good learning exercise.

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In 1987 BMW got serious about the electric car, so they tool an awd, 325xi and removed the rear axles, making it FWD.

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They then fitted an electric motor and gave it new batteries from Asea Brown Boveri. These new batteries were both lighter and smaller while providing three times the power of the previous lead-acid types. The electric 325xi was able to go 93 miles on one charge and was used by the German Postal Service as well as other government officials. The very first, developed from the ground up, electric BMW was the E1.

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Created in 1991, the E1 used an aluminum shell and plastic body panels, making it the true predecessor to the i3. Using a new sodium-nickel chloride battery, the E1 was able to go 100 miles on a charge. Unfortunately, due to cost issues, the E1 project was scrapped altogether. BMW also tested many different electric technologies on the E36 3 Series throughout it’s life span.

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During this experimental phase, BMW was able to create an electric 325i that had 60 hp and could charge up to 75 percent in 40 minutes. Ultimately, these were just test beds for future technologies, but they were still important to the eventual development of the i3. Then came the electric MINI and the 1 Series Active E, which helped push BMWs electric program into modern times.

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So while the i3 and i8 may be new and exciting cars, they were a long time in the making. So if you enjoy an i3 as your own personal car, you can thank over 40 years of practice on BMW’s part. The article First BMW electric car was built 43 years ago appeared first on BMW BLOG

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Owner 228i Track Handling Package Review

Great owner’s review of the BMW 228i equipped with Track Handling Package. ...

Great owner’s review of the BMW 228i equipped with Track Handling Package.

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25 minute tour of the BMW Museum

25 minute video taking you on a tour around the BMW Museum in Munich, Germany. ...

25 minute video taking you on a tour around the BMW Museum in Munich, Germany.

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Yas Marina Blue BMW F82 M4 Photoshoot By Alex Stone

A Yas Marina Blue BMW F82 M4 is always a nice sight to see, especially when the car is featured in a cool setting. Photographed by Alex Stone, this shoot features the BMW M4 in one of the hottest finishes available that comes with some perfect afterm...

A Yas Marina Blue BMW F82 M4 is always a nice sight to see, especially when the car is featured in a cool setting. Photographed by Alex Stone, this shoot features the BMW M4 in one of the hottest finishes available that comes with some perfect aftermarket additions. It’s what most car enthusiasts call a clean tuning build. This M4 comes with a complete Akrapovic exhaust system, carbon fiber front spoiler diffuser and a decklid spoiler as well. The most impaction adition however is a set of HRE Performance Wheels.

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The HRE P44SC wheels come in a Dark Brushed finish.

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For additional images from this shoot, please take a look at the media gallery right below.

Yas Marina Blue BMW F82 M4 Photoshoot By Alex Stone

Yas Marina Blue BMW F82 M4 Photoshoot By Alex Stone

Yas Marina Blue BMW F82 M4 Photoshoot By Alex Stone

Yas Marina Blue BMW F82 M4 Photoshoot By Alex Stone

Yas Marina Blue BMW F82 M4 Photoshoot By Alex Stone

Yas Marina Blue BMW F82 M4 Photoshoot By Alex Stone

Yas Marina Blue BMW F82 M4 Photoshoot By Alex Stone

Yas Marina Blue BMW F82 M4 Photoshoot By Alex Stone

Yas Marina Blue BMW F82 M4 Photoshoot By Alex Stone

Yas Marina Blue BMW F82 M4 Photoshoot By Alex Stone

Yas Marina Blue BMW F82 M4 Photoshoot By Alex Stone

Yas Marina Blue BMW F82 M4 Photoshoot By Alex Stone

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Buy more diesels

It’s no secret that the U.S. is one of the worst markets for the diesel engine. For some odd reason, Americans just aren’t big fans of the crude-oil engine. Maybe it’s the clack-clack noise, or the reputation for black smoke pouring...

It’s no secret that the U.S. is one of the worst markets for the diesel engine. For some odd reason, Americans just aren’t big fans of the crude-oil engine. Maybe it’s the clack-clack noise, or the reputation for black smoke pouring out of the exhaust, but whatever the reason may be, we just don’t buy enough diesels. I want to stress the word enough. We should be buying more. The more diesels we buy, the more automakers will want to bring them over. This would mean more awesome cars like the M550d xDrive or the X6 M50d. Plus diesels offer better emissions and fuel economy, and lots and lots of torque from low RPMs.

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Americans seem to still be shell-shocked from the days of 70’s Chevy diesels which would coat the windshields of following cars in black soot. Not the case any longer, as diesels have become so clean that they better their petrol-powered cousins. They also get much better fuel economy, are more reliable and start better in extreme cold.

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Sure, they aren’t as exciting as gasoline engines, as diesels still clack along at idle, and usually have less horsepower, but they do have gobs of torque, though, to help them surge off the line, which makes them feel fast at around-town speeds. BMW currently sells quite a few diesels in the U.S., like the X3 xDrive28d, X5 xDrive35d, 328d sedan, 328d Sports Wagon, 535d and the 740Ld. Basically the company offers a wide range of diesels for all type of customers, but it’s unknown the exact percentage of all diesels sold last year.

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So please ‘Merica, buy more diesels. It’ll make the tree-huggers happy, save you money on gas, and it’ll make European automakers bring their awesome diesel engines across the Atlantic. So it’s a win/win for everyone involved. It would be silly not to. The article Buy more diesels appeared first on BMW BLOG

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2016 BMW M3 Facelift – Spy Photos

It has been only six months since the new BMW F80 M3 came to market and BMW seems to be already testing the facelifted version of the popular sedan. An F80 M3 prototype was spotted in Germany during some winter testing and featuring full camo. Even t...

It has been only six months since the new BMW F80 M3 came to market and BMW seems to be already testing the facelifted version of the popular sedan. An F80 M3 prototype was spotted in Germany during some winter testing and featuring full camo. Even though covered almost entirely in vinyl, the rear end already hints at a redesign of the taillights, most likely to follow those on the upcoming F30 3 Series facelift. With the F80 M3 having its design tied to the F82 M4, we expect the headlights to remain unchanged, but the rear-end of the F80 M3 sedan is likely to get the revised LED taillights.

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Inside the car, the F80 M3 LCI might see the updated iDrive system that will debut later this year in the 7 Series Sedan. BMW will most likely not increase the power output of the F80/F82 facelifts, so expect the same 425 horsepower. According to internal BMW dealership documents, production for the F80 M3 LCI will begin in July 2015. [Source: Autogespot] The article 2016 BMW M3 Facelift – Spy Photos appeared first on BMW BLOG

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Security Flaw In ConnectedDrive Leaves BMWs Open To Hacking

Cars are becoming more connected each day and just like with computers, smart phones and other “internet of things” connected devices it makes them… The post Security Flaw In… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my websit...

Cars are becoming more connected each day and just like with computers, smart phones and other “internet of things” connected devices it makes them… The post Security Flaw In… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]

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Land Rover Discovery Sport taking on the BMW X3

The BMW X3, Audi Q5, Mercedes GLK Class and Infiniti QX50 dominate shopping mall parking lots throughout suburban America. The most “off-roading” any of these vehicles do, is if they accidentally hop a curb while fighting for a parking spot in fr...

The BMW X3, Audi Q5, Mercedes GLK Class and Infiniti QX50 dominate shopping mall parking lots throughout suburban America. The most “off-roading” any of these vehicles do, is if they accidentally hop a curb while fighting for a parking spot in front of Aldo. While many of these CUVs actually do have some decent off-road chops, they are never, ever utilized. This is where Land Rover comes in, to shake things up. I’ve always been a fan of Land Rover and their off-road-first mentality. That same mentality has been used in creating the new Discovery Sport. Successor to the LR2, the Discovery Sport attempts to take on the Germans and Japanese for luxury-crossover domination. As the only car here that can actually handle rough conditions, it poses a big threat to the competition. Built on a new, aluminum-intensive platform, the “Disco” is the most modern and high-tech CUV in the segment.

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Some of the tech that comes standard on the Disco Sport are as follows: 9-speed, ZF automatic, Terrain Response System, Trailer-Stability Assist, Hill Start Control and Hill Descent Control. You can see where Land Rover’s priorities are when it comes to standard equipment. The engine is a familiar 2.0 liter, turbocharged four-cylinder which makes 240 hp and is borrowed from the Evoque. That, when paired to the 9-Speed auto, can take the Disco Sport to 60 mph from a standstill in 7.8 seconds. Not as fast as the X3 or the Q5, but outright speed is not its mission. And while it handles well enough, with nicely weighted steering and decent chassis dynamics, it won’t beat an X3 around a track. Not that any sane human would take either to a track (I would).

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The Disco looks good too. It has all of the classic, rugged Land Rover styling with some new, Evoque-inspired touches to keep it fresh. Most importantly, though, it looks utilitarian. It isn’t trying to be something it’s not like the Lexus NX, it looks like a Land Rover. The interior is all business as well, with nothing too fancy, just enough leather and creature comforts to make it a nice place to be. That steering wheel, while nicely trimmed, is an inoffensive yet functional piece and the rest of the cabin shares that same style.

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The best part about the Disco Sport is the price. Starting at $37,070, and coming with all of that aforementioned kit as standard, it undercuts the X3 with xDrive by $3,000. Considering that is has actual off-road credibility, along with good looks and a good interior, the Disco Sport could very well eat the X3’s lunch. While not as good looking as the X3, in my book, it adds much more functionality for less money. Let’s just hope it doesn’t follow after the previous North American Discovery and fall apart after six miles.   The article Land Rover Discovery Sport taking on the BMW X3 appeared first on BMW BLOG

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Alpine White BMW 1M Gets Aftermarket Parts Installed

Considered by many the ultimate BMW performance model of the current decade, the BMW 1M certainly has an attractive appeal that makes it a head-turner on the street. An action filled car by all means, the 1M leaves some room for improvement for those...

Considered by many the ultimate BMW performance model of the current decade, the BMW 1M certainly has an attractive appeal that makes it a head-turner on the street. An action filled car by all means, the 1M leaves some room for improvement for those owners that love to modify their cars. This BMW 1M was taken to European Auto Source for some performance and cosmetic mods that perfectly accentuate the aggressive nature of this vehicle. This owner started the build by adding an Akrapovic Evolution Exhaust system and Akrapovic Stainless Steel Catless Downpipes. The exhaust offers an increase of 15 horsepower and 19 Nm of torque, while weighing 16 kg less than the stock exhaust. In the 1M Coupe, the engine produces 340 PS (250 kW) at 5900 rpm and 332 lb-ft (450 Nm) torque from 1,500 to 4,500 rpm (with +369 lb-ft (500 Nm) overboost). The only available drivetrain is a six-speed manual gearbox with a limited slip differential.

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Next, a set of BBS FI wheels were added. These start at $7,995.00. But if you are looking for some of the lightest wheels around, providing excellent structural strength – the option is worth it. The BBS FI is a one-piece forged aluminum wheel designed and produced in the Motorsports department. As the flagship wheel in the BBS line-up, the FI is ultra-light, ultra strong and does a great job of showing off the aftermarket brakes. Brembo GT Big Brake Kit (Front & Rear) is the brake system selected for this build, providing additional braking performance while nicely improving the visual appeal as well.

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Additionally a series of BMW Performance Parts, like the carbon fiber rear spoiler, a Vorsteiner GTS-V carbon fiber rear diffuser and the iND painted cosmetic package for the exterior. Inside, the vehicle received a BMW performance steering wheel. Take a look at the media gallery below for more photos.

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Alpine White BMW 1M

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Alpine White BMW 1M

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2016 F80 M3 LCI spotted for first time

We believe this is the first look and visual evidence of the F80 M3 LCI coming this Summer, to coincide with the F30 3 Series LCI. The Autogespot photographer calls this an M2 (F87) prototype, but we believe this is the F80 M3 LCI. The wide fenders ...

We believe this is the first look and visual evidence of the F80 M3 LCI coming this Summer, to coincide with the F30 3 Series LCI. The Autogespot photographer calls this an M2 (F87) prototype, but we believe this is the F80 M3 LCI. The wide fenders and quad exhaust indicates this is an M model. The strongest evidence this is the F80 M3 LCI are the tail lights, which although still camouflaged, look very similar to the revised LED tail lights seen on 3 Series LCI prototypes. The rear profile, trunk cutline and roof height also resembles the M3 Sedan more than the 2 Series Coupe. The double-stalk mirrors look to be that of the M3. Lastly, according to the U.S. 2016 model year production schedule, the 2016 M3′s model code is 8M93, while the current one is 3C93, indicating a significant change. To date, no M2 prototypes have yet been spotted with unique (from 2 Series) tail lights, nor M styled side mirrors. M models generally do not receive LCI-type updates (i.e. revised tail lights) before the standard series model counterpart, and the 2 Series Coupe is not expected to receive an LCI update until 2017. The 2016 M3 LCI begins production this July.

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