A few years back, Mate Rimac replaced the internal combustion drivetrain in his 1986 BMW E30 with an electric one and dubbed it the bi-moto EV – it was originally intended it to have two motors. Then, in a quest to build the fastest electric car ever, he reconfigured that original setup four more times.
While it was only a short four months ago when we first reported on the BMW bi-moto EV Racer, things haven't slowed down at VST Conversions. We wanted to give you an update on this one-of-a-kind electric conversion that is only getting better. Gone are the pair of power packs (one in the passenger compartment and one in the trunk) using Headway cells, and in their place is a custom-designed pack using 300 lithium iron phosphate cells. Not only smaller and more powerful, the new pack barely tips
When most people grenade their engine, they either swap out a new one or strip their heartless car down for parts. Croatia's Mate Rimac is not most people.
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BMW is one step closer to getting its upcoming Megacity electric vehicle on the road. According to the German automaker, SB LiMotive, a 50:50 joint venture of Bosch and Samsung SDI, has been officially selected as the battery supplier for the Megacity project. Samsung, which is already a market leader in batteries for personal electronics applications, will reportedly deliver the individual lithium ion battery cells while Bosch will handle the job of assembling these cells into large-scale packs
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Although there may be a very small number of BMW's Mini on American roads that have already been converted by individuals or aftermarket folks to run on electricity, now the factory is going to get in the game itself. Five-hundred Minis will come off the line in Oxford, England sans drivetrain. The powerless shells will be sent to Germany painted silver with contrasting yellow roofs... what, no green motif? Workers in Munich will convert the vehicles into battery electrics, and the cars will the