Quiet on the car front, cash-flush — and the market's ripe for disruption
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BMW's 2017 model-year i3 has a 114-mile single-charge range, according to the EPA.
At EVS29, BMW announces a new home energy system that uses new or old i3 battery packs.
The 2017 BMW i3 will cost $1,200 more than the 2016 model, but you'll get a lot more for your money.
BMW's lawsuit stems from range-extended i3's highway performance at low battery levels.
Los Angeles is plugging some electric vehicles into its city fleet, including a Tesla Model S and a BMW i3.
BMW i3 range-extender software for California vehicles can be tweaked to enable larger gas displacement, longer driving range.
DVDs, movies and now the a plug-in car. In Japan, you can buy the BMW i3 electric vehicle on Amazon.
Tear-down expert Munro & Associates analyzes BMW i3 plug-in and finds enough there to call it the best-engineered car in decades. Since the Ford Model T, in fact.
The BMW i3, especially when wearing its Capparis White paint job, already looks a bit like some sort of futuristic escape pod launched to Earth from a spaceship. It was only a matter of time until the electric car got touched by the eager hands of a tuner to make it even more eye-popping. It is, after all, a BMW. Japanese tuner Garage Eve.Ryn appears to be the first to give the i3 the inevitable once over.
BMW has found a receptive audience for its first batches of plug-in vehicles in the good 'ole USA. The German automaker, which started selling its first mass-produced i plug-ins in Europe late last year, will send a higher percentage of those vehicles to the US because of strong demand here, according to Automotive News, which talked with BMW executive Ian Robertson. And the Americans might cause Bimmer to speed up production, to boot.
Apple unveiled details about its long-awaited Apple Watch yesterday and we now know that the $349, er, watch will be released to the public early next year. Amid the millions of features the watch has is the ability to provide real-time information on the battery charge level in a BMW i3 or i8 plug-in vehicle. The watches can also help locate the vehicles if, say, they're parked in a crowded lot. Because so many of us lose our Bimmers on a daily basis.
*UPDATE: Nissan has released a video of the Leaf in Puerto Rico, so we've embedded it below.
Gift to the world or trade bait? Tesla Motors announced this week it would open its patents for other automakers to use. That has analysts guessing whether the California-based electric-vehicle maker is looking to either swap trade secrets with other automakers or to expand the proverbial pie that represents the plug-in vehicle market. For its part, Tesla says the answer is B.
As electric vehicles proliferate and people try to conserve energy, moves toward smart charging seem only natural. Now, BMW is offering smarter charging, and it should mean more money in the pockets of its customers when they charge at home.