The BMW i3: AS FLEXIBLE AS YOUR FLEET.
Whether as a personal company car, car pool vehicle or corporate car-sharing solution, the all-electric BMW i3 offers an impressive combination of functionality, versatility and easy handling, and delivers first-rate performance and an excellent range. We offer comprehensive advice on everything from charging infrastructures to replacement vehicles, to ensure the smooth integration of the BMW i3 into your company fleet in next to no time.
THE BMW i3 INTERACTIVE CALCULATOR.
Calculate your potential savings – petrol versus electricity: do you know how much you can save on fuel and CO2 with a BMW i3? Take the test and make a comparison with our calculator. Taking into account your current fuel consumption and average mileage, the interactive application calculates your personal potential for savings with the all-electric BMW i3.
BMW i 360° ELECTRIC.
Integrated solutions for unlimited mobility. With 360° ELECTRIC from BMW i, you are fully prepared for every eventuality. From battery charging to networked navigation solutions, and the option of using conventional cars for holiday trips with BMW Add-on Mobility, our tailor-made Assistance and Mobility Services ensure you and your employees stay on the move at all times – wherever you are.
Refuelling is now recharging
Electricity is the new petrol. A convenient Wallbox for overnight charging, rapid-charging stations you can use during lunch breaks or business meetings, and an intelligent navigation system that directs you around the growing network of public charging stations. Today, nothing stands in the way of a smooth integration of the BMW i3 into your fleet. The precondition for this is a charging infrastructure geared to the vehicles and their use. From the planning and selection process, to installation and maintenance, BMW i supports you through the entire process – with expert, straightforward advice tailored specifically to your needs.
BMW i Flexible Mobility
With the BMW i3, you don’t need to restrict yourself to 200 kilometres*. As part of a BMW i fleet or company car contract, you have the option of temporarily switching to conventionally powered BMW models. If you’d rather not do without the BMW i3 for longer journeys, the optional Range Extender delivers an increased range of up to 300 kilometres*. It includes a petrol unit which supplies additional electricity for the electric motor.
* Determined in internal BMW consumption studies. The driving range is depending on a variety of factors, especially: personal driving behaviour, selected route, weather conditions, usage of heating/cooling and preconditioning.
BMW i Assistance Services
We’ve expanded our existing range of premium assistance services to meet the unique new demands of e-mobility – and the result is our comprehensive BMW i Mobile Care service package. Should a BMW i3 from your fleet break down or run out of power, you can rely on rapid support from a broad range of BMW i Services, covering everything from immediate assistance with charging problems and mobile charging solutions in emergencies, to towing services and guaranteed replacement cars, and even special maintenance and repairs.
BMW i ConnectedDrive
With intelligent and fully networked BMW i ConnectedDrive Services, your employees reach their destinations easily and in a relaxed frame of mind. BMW i Navigation with Driving Range Assistant and charging point display calculates the most efficient route based on the individual driving style, the traffic conditions and the battery charge level. The navigation system also flags up all available charging stations on the route as well as alternative means of transport. What’s more, the BMW i Remote App allows you to plan the optimal route before setting off and check the maximum range whenever you need to. Using the smartphone app, you can access key data such as the battery charge level, range, and charging stations at any time.
THE NEW BMW i8: THE MOST PROGRESSIVE SPORTS CAR.
Progress does not accept compromise. It pushes the boundaries of the possible - and goes beyond them. This is how a vision becomes reality – for a future you can experience today. The new BMW i8 is a reality: a full-blooded sports car that comes with innovative BMW EfficientDynamics technology including eDrive and intelligent lightweight construction to deliver an exceptionally dynamic driving experience. Yet its consumption is comparable to that of a compact car.
PRODUCTION & SUSTAINABILITY.
With the BMW i3, the BMW Group is set to launch an electrically powered production vehicle onto the market that represents a new form of sustainable mobility in urban areas. As the first premium electric vehicle, the BMW i3 rises to the social, ecological and economic challenges of our time. With its groundbreaking vehicle architecture, the concept calls for the use of modern lightweight construction materials as well as innovative production processes.
BMW i Production
The BMW i3 was the first vehicle project for which sustainability objectives were agreed and subsequently pursued with the same vigour as cost, weight and quality objectives. The aim is also to reduce the environmental impact of production as much as possible, focusing on aspects such as energy supply and water consumption, solvent emissions and waste treatment.
The innovative architecture of the BMW i3 comprises two elements: the aluminium Drive module – which incorporates the powertrain, chassis, battery, and structural and crash functions – and the Life module or passenger cell, made from carbon-fibre-reinforced plastic.
The Life module of the BMW i3 is made primarily of carbon-fibre-reinforced plastic (CFRP). This innovative material is produced by the SGL Automotive Carbon Fibers (SGL ACF) joint venture. The SGL ACF factory in Moses Lake in the USA produces carbon fibres from a polyacrylonitrile-based thermoplastic textile fibre precursor. In a complex multi-stage process, the various constituent elements of the fibre are removed by gasification, eventually leaving a fibre that consists of virtually pure carbon with a stable graphite structure.
All of the energy used in carbon fibre production in Moses Lake is obtained from renewable, locally generated hydroelectric power and is therefore completely CO2-free. The state-of-the-art plant in Washington State also sets standards in energy efficiency.
The thermoplastic outer skin
The BMW i3 is the first ever BMW with an outer skin made entirely of thermoplastic. The only exception is the roof, which is made of recycled CFRP. The weight of the plastic parts is around half that of sheet steel parts. Plastic also provides corrosion-free outer protection and requires less energy to manufacture, as well as being resistant to minor damage. The thermoplastic outer skin is produced using 25 per cent recycled or renewable material.
BMW Plant Leipzig
With the opening of the Leipzig vehicle plant in 2005, the BMW Group created additional production capacities and currently produces automobiles there for customers all over the world. In fall 2013 the series production of BMW i3 started, and in spring 2014 the series production of BMW i8 – two future-oriented cars featuring alternative drive concepts and an innovative lightweight body construction.
In July 2013, the BMW Leipzig plant took four wind turbines into service on the factory premises. These Nordex wind turbines have a total power output of 10 MW. This is more than is required for future production of electric cars.