Mystery still surrounds BMW’s plans to make a compact all-electric car that was dubbed the i3. Sketches, illustrations, preliminary info and spy photos exist all over the Internets, but no official renditions yet from the HQ in Munich. So we commissioned our rendering artist Christian Schulte in Munich to come up with a rendition of what the i3 could look like from recent spy videos and details BMW has released.
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So far, it looks like something along the lines of a Scion xD, only slightly sportier. Of course, still in the unknown are particulars with the headlights but you can always expect kidney grills in usual BMW signature tradition.
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BMW confirmed that the i3 will be rear-wheel drive and the electric motor will be mounted on the rear axle to assist with driving dynamics. The BMW i3 is speculated to be powered by a 35 kWh lithium-ion battery, which will fuel a 150-hp electric-motor that will turn the rear-wheels. On a full charge, the BMW i3 is expected to allow a driving range of 100 miles with a top speed of 95 mph. The electric motor will also be accompanied by a range-extending internal-combustion engine of some sort.
The i3 however is still two years away from being production ready. Either way, BMW will definitely make eco-friendly cars more interesting.
Photo Rendering: BMW i3:
– By: Chris Chin