BMW i3 Concept Coupe

BMW i3 Concept Coupe comes with a unique idea

BMW has studied EVs very closely for many years and uncovered some surprising EV habits regarding charging. BMW also has a unique idea about how to handle long trips if you are EV owner.

At the Geneva Auto Show, BMW will introduce the new BMW i3 Concept Coupe to Europe for the first time. BMW has been working for many years to develop an electric vehicle. Instead of jumping in and selling a converted 1 or 3 series vehicle, BMW has been rather quietly developing custom platforms for the BMW i3 and i8 concept. The models on display will showcase BMWs current state of progress on electric mobility. Both vehicles use eDrive technology.

Torque News and this author have test-driven the BMW eDrive technology applied to a BMW 1 series test mule called Active E. The vehicle we drove was a refined EV with moderately good performance and the buttoned down feel that very heavy small EVs often have. There were no drivability issues. Early on there were some drivability issues regarding the throttle that BMW resolved. As the photo shows, the i3 Concept Coupe will not be a 1 series adapted for electric drive. The chassis and body are unique to the i3. BMW points out that its prototype EVs are optimized for use in all climates. That may be true, but many manufacturers are close to releasing their second generation of EVs and many brands now have multiple models for sale. Saying BMW has a prototype good in snow is not really much of a headline.

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