BMW has released a video that shows both its i3 and i8 concept electric-drive vehicles tooling around the Chicago area, as the German automaker looks to drum up interest in its battery-electric vehicles.

The video, titled "BMW i. Born Electric," runs one-minute ten seconds and doesn't include any voiceover or any facts about the cars' performance or other details, but you can still see it after the jump. BMW said late last year that it would debut a production version of its battery-electric i3 four-door next year and would start making the plug-in hybrid-electric i8 two-door sports car in 2014. A version of the latter model was featured extensively in last year's Tom Cruise-starring "Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol."

Meanwhile, last month, BMW started U.S. deliveries of its ActiveE EV (see here for a first-drive review), which is the precursor to the i3. The company's leasing out the ActiveE in markets such as Los Angeles, New York and Boston for $499 a month with a $2,250 downpayment.



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      marcopolo
      • 8 Months Ago
      @ Smith Jim, Sorry, Jim, but it was just such an irresistibly funny concept to explore ! :) Sort of like " that food you are eating tastes like donkey sh*t!". " Really? Well you know best, I've never eaten donkey sh*t !" :)
      Ford Future
      • 8 Months Ago
      Enough already, what will the real i3 look like.
      Lou Grinzo
      • 8 Months Ago
      I definitely like the i3, but the i8 instills impure urges in me that I can barely contain, I want it so much. I am VERY relieved (so to speak) that whatever form the i8 takes in production it will be far out of my price range. For that matter, the i3 will, too.
        Sasparilla Fizz
        • 8 Months Ago
        @Lou Grinzo
        Sticker price target for the i3 in the US is $35k. http://green.autoblog.com/2011/05/31/report-bmw-i3-to-bow-at-2011-frankfurt-motor-show/ I'm with you on the i8 (same feelings for a Tesla S and Fisker Karma for me as well). But if that's the price of the i3 (Nissan Leaf price really) I'll be looking at it really, really hard (the layout is very practical).
      Sasparilla Fizz
      • 8 Months Ago
      Just a note for those that like drooling over the i series vehicles in this movie. If you go to the BMW site you get to see it larger and clearer. http://www.bmw-i-usa.com/en_us/
      Smith Jim
      • 8 Months Ago
      A BMW is out of my price range (actually, I could afford one but I choose to spend my money on other more important things) but I'm very pleased to see that green cars that appeal to rich people are becoming more commonplace. I want all people to go green including those people who buy status symbol vehicles to unconsciously compensate for low self-esteem and SPS (small penis syndrome)
        marcopolo
        • 8 Months Ago
        @Smith Jim
        Smith Jim What an odd thing to say! If I understand correctly, you believe that everyone whose tastes and philosophy differs from yours, suffers from "low self-esteem and SPS (small penis syndrome)" ?. That's not what disturbs me. What's disturbing is how you researched your information? I mean, didn't you find it a little dangerous sidling up to affluent car owners to get a glance at their genitalia? (Best avoid Russel Crow and large gansta rappers) Perhaps all your research was conducted in San Francisco? Hmmm...and what about female BMW owners? I should imagine that research in that area must require some delicacy, and a definition of what substitutes for SPS ! .....Hey, maybe you could apply for a government funded research grant,....
        Sasparilla Fizz
        • 8 Months Ago
        @Smith Jim
        The i3 is targeting the Nissan Leaf pricing range - $35k sticker target in the US. The i is a new sub-brand of BMW - presumably going after the young middle (i3) and upper (i8) class and extend their brand's reach.
      Smith Jim
      • 8 Months Ago
      It was a joke.... well I was halfway joking. I was definitely joking about SPS. I'm serious when I say the following. At one point in my life I learned about some very wealthy Hollywood celebrities who could afford any car they wanted but they chose to drive a Prius. I assume these people are not just concerned about environmental sustainability but they also realize happiness does not come from material possessions. When I was younger I had a strong desire to drive high performance/and or luxury automobiles. Now that I'm older I look back and realize that owning these types of automobiles did not make me happier.
      marcopolo
      • 8 Months Ago
      @ LTW Very philosophical. However, if that's the case, it's wise to make that clear, or it sounds like the sort of comment an envious killjoy would make. (which wasn't Jim's intention). Perhaps I haven't grown up but I still love to drive, and appreciate, these sort of machines. I hate the idea that just because you get older, you should sneer and condemn the pleasures of youth. Older people often cover up for an inability to do things anymore, by condemning the thing itself as being valueless. "Do not go gentle into that good night, Old age should burn and rage at close of day; Rage, rage against the dying of the light" (Dylan Thomas, as read by Rodney Dangerfield))
      Sasparilla Fizz
      • 8 Months Ago
      I actually like that semi-transparent look, its so different - although I'm sure the production vehicles will be much more staid. They are beautiful and look great driving around Chicago. Enough of the movies BMW, get to work and get those vehicles into the showrooms.
      2 Wheeled Menace
      • 8 Months Ago
      Not digging the 2 tone, semi-transparent stripey business.. :( Been a BMW fan for a long time and these are the worst cars i've seen thus far from them.
        Dan Frederiksen
        • 8 Months Ago
        @2 Wheeled Menace
        these are the same old concept cars. the production versions look very different
          Actionable Mango
          • 8 Months Ago
          @Dan Frederiksen
          I wish the tall glass doors stayed into production. After all, it's not the thin piece of painted sheet metal that protects you from side impacts, it's the side impact beam that does that.
      PR
      • 8 Months Ago
      I think the i3 would look best in all black, with all the funky color changes becoming just body sculpture lines. That would be bad-arse.
      Actionable Mango
      • 8 Months Ago
      Those wealthy Hollywood celebrities also own Ferraris, SUVs, and Bentleys too. Whenever the celebs show up at the red carpet in front of respectable press, they drive their Prius. But whenever the Paparazzi catches the celebs on film during their normal daily life, they are driving their SUVs or hypercars. It's called greenwashing.
      PR
      • 8 Months Ago
      35K -7.5K federal -6K Colorado = 21.5K This is putting BMW's into the kind of affordability range that middle-class folks can afford. That's crazy for any EV, and crazy for any BMW. Even crazier for an EV and a BMW all in one car! I hope it comes true.
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