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Rumors: BMW i1 and i5 to launch by 2016

Rumors | March 3rd, 2012 by 9
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According to Automobile Magazine, BMW is preparing two additional models for the i sub-brand: BMW i1 and BMW i5. Last year, a test mule was …

According to Automobile Magazine, BMW is preparing two additional models for the i sub-brand: BMW i1 and BMW i5.

Last year, a test mule was spotted equipped with electric wheel-hub motors at the front, and was running, on very narrow tires without electric motors at the rear. At the time, we assumed that BMW is secretly testing a range-extended electric drivetrain and our first thought went to a BMW i5 model. Just a month ago, a report from German magazine Autobild brought more supporting evidence that the i5 is indeed in works.

Automobile Magazine is the last publication to bring up the BMW i5 subject, along with a surprise: BMW i1. The U.S. magazine says that the i1 will be a two-plus-two-seat, short-wheelbase city car coming in 2016. The i5′s characteristics will be a high-roof, long-wheelbase five-seater wagon/MPV hybrid set for launch in 2015. Insiders label the i5 as a stretched i3 with a longer rear overhang for added cargo capacity. The car will compete in the marketplace with the upcoming Toyota Prius PHEV MPV.

Rumors: BMW i1 and i5 to launch by 2016

The i1, i3, and i5 will be available will be available in battery-electric vehicle and plug-in hybrid-electric vehicle forms. Sources say the i1 is slightly quicker during initial sprint, but not faster overall. The i5 needs three tenths longer to get going.

Both the i1 and i5, as well as the i3, use single-speed transmission mated directly to the electric motor.

First BMW i vehicles will come to market in 2013, in the form of the i3 and i8.

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  • Giom

    Again, that rendering is very nice.

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  • sandnomad

    If BMW is the company I believe it to be, they are going to take the electric car market by storm and give the world the extended range electric vehicle it has been craving for years, and I believe the demand for their vehicles may far outstrip their abilities to produce them, but I certainly hope not. They should surpass Toyota and all the other manufacturers and become the new world leader in the automotive industry.

    It was too bad that Mr. Obama, soon after taking office, decided to fire Rick Wagoner and take over General Motors, because Mr. Wagoner had publicly stated that the long term goal of GM was to mass produce an electric car, which was a death knell any automotive CEO, and Frank Weber was shipped out as well. As all of us know, the new GM has done nothing more than continue to lose money and cost taxpayers as well, but maybe the government will sell more of the GM stock it owns, so the taxpayer can lose even more.

    In case you are wondering who Frank Weber is, he headed the team that developed the original Volt for General Motors, which was initially designed as an electric car with a small gasoline generator, which Mr. Weber publicly stated would get around 200mpg, but ended up being just another low performing hybrid when Government Motors oversaw the development, and Frank Weber ended up being shipped off to Opel in Europe, but BMW was smart enough to hire Mr. Weber to head their electric car division.

    In February 2012, BASF purchased the NiMH battery patent that General Motors swindled from Stanford Ovshinsky and then gave that patent to Cobasys, a subsidiary who shelved it. Now that BASF and BMW are involved in the same business consortium, BMW has access to Mr. Ovshinsky’s original patent and can now produce those NiMH batteries, which according to Mr. Ovshinsky’s exact words, “This battery will last longer than your car”, and when Johnathan Mann of CNN asked him what he meant, his response was, “The wheels will fall off your car, before this battery goes dead”. The nice thing about NiMH batteries is that they are cheaper to produce, cheaper to recycle, and last longer than lithium ion batteries. Those facts alone should be enough to convince the idiots in DC that philosophies of stiffling technology and destroying companies is fruitless, and they have no need of controlling the export of any future lithium deposits from Afghanistan, even though I’m sure the CIA will still want to manage the opium production.

    I am truly ecstatic about the fact that BMW is now developing those NiMH batteries for their new iseries vehicles. All I can say is that I am now optimistic about the future of electric cars and the innovations that BMW will utilize and refine to make them an affordable reality. Better yet, BMW may decide to sell patent rights to their high capacity NiMH battery and get all the other automotive manufacturers up to speed.

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