BMW’s new wireless pad recharges EV batteries like a Sonicare toothbrush

September 28, 2017 by  
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Several automakers have teased the idea of a wireless charging pad that would make it easier to charge electric cars without a pesky cable, but BMW is ahead of the game. The automaker has announced it is ready to offer a wireless charging pad for the 530e iPerformance plug-in hybrid that recharges the battery just like a Sonicare toothbrush. With the new charging pad, 530e owners simply park over the pad , which is connected to a 220-volt outlet, and it will recharge – without having to connect any wires. Special sensors on the car help guide drivers over the charging pad; once parked, the 530e can be completely recharged in around 3.5 hours. Related: BMW unveils dynamic new rival to the Tesla Model S The technology is ready for public consumption, but it’s not known when it will be available in the U.S. since it hasn’t been approved. Outside the U.S., buyers will be able to purchase the wireless charging technology early next year, but it will only be available for the 530e iPerformance vehicle. A wireless charging system for models like the i3 and i8 will reportedly be made available at a later date. We also don’t know how much the wireless charging system will cost, but by the time it does arrive in the U.S. hopefully it will be compatible with the rest of BMW’s lineup. + BMW Images @BMW

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BMW unveils dynamic new rival to the Tesla Model S

September 13, 2017 by  
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When the first models from the electric BMW i sub-brand arrived a few years ago, fans were hopeful they would rival the Tesla Model S. Instead, the BMW i3 and BMW i8 went after different buyers, while people wanting a sleek electric sedan were left with only the Model S as an option. Now it looks like BMW is finally getting ready to add a fully-electric four-door sedan to its portfolio with the debut of the BMW i Vision Dynamics concept. The BMW i Vision Dynamics is a low-slung four-door electric sedan concept that will slot in between the BMW i3 and BMW i8 in the automaker’s lineup. BMW hasn’t announced what the actual name will be, but it will not be called the rumored BMW i5. Related: BMW releases a sportier i3 electric car “With the i3 and i8 we have designed a revolutionary city car and a revolutionary sports car,” says Adrian van Hooydonk, Senior Vice President BMW Group Design. “And now the BMW i Vision Dynamics is combining electric mobility with the core values of BMW: dynamism and elegance. We are therefore demonstrating how the product range and the design language of BMW i can be evolved further into other concepts.” With its long wheelbase, flowing roofline and short overhangs, the BMW i Vision Dynamics is sportier than the i3 with a design that’s sure to appease Model S fans. With a driving range of 373 miles, a top speed over 120 mph and a 0-62 mph time of four seconds, the i Vision Dynamics shows enormous promise. BMW hasn’t announced when the production version will arrive, but it has confirmed that by 2025 it will offer 25 models with an electrified drive system – of which 12 will be fully-electric. + BMW Images @BMW

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Beautiful cedar home stands high on stilts to accommodate heavy snowfall in Japan

September 13, 2017 by  
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Fukushima-based firm Life Style Koubou has embedded a beautiful vacation home in the middle of an evergreen forest with stunning mountain views. Built at the base of Mount Bandai in Japan, the One Year Project is made from locally-sourced cedar and it’s set on high stilts to allow snow to gather around its base. The two structures that make up the home are connected by a bridge and separated by use. One building holds a wet area with the kitchen and bathrooms, while a living room with a cozy fireplace is located in the dry building. The entire structure was built using cedar, but the dry building has floor-to-ceiling windows to enjoy 360-degree views of the amazing scenery. Related: Life Style Koubou’s House In Itsuura is a timber treehouse-like home in Japan The area around Mount Bandai is known to get quite a lot of snowfall in the winter, so the architects built the home on stilts to accommodate the snowfall. The white stilts, which run up through the interior of the buildings, are embedded into large rocks that sit on the ground underneath in order to reduce the building’s pressure on the land . The strategic design lets the homeowners enjoy the natural area without damaging the landscape. + Life Style Koubou Via Contemporist

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BMW releases a sportier i3 electric car

August 29, 2017 by  
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The words “sport” and “electric car” are rarely used in the same sentence – with the exception of cars like the Tesla Model S, BMW i8 and even the Acura NSX. Now BMW wants to change that with the 2018 BMW i3s, a sexier, sportier version of the i3 electric car. Last year the BMW i3 received a nice battery upgrade for the 2017 model year and this year, part of the upgrades include the introduction of the i3s. For starters, the i3s isn’t going to speed past a Tesla Model S , but it does have a more powerful electric motor, which now generates 184 horsepower and 199 lb-ft. of torque. That’s 14 more horsepower and 15 more lb-ft. of torque than the standard i3. Related: BMW just unveiled the sleek electric motorcycle of the future Some of the other upgrades include an 11 millimeter lower ride height, a wider track and 20-inch wheels that are a half-inch wider. The BMW i3s also has a new sports suspension with specially developed springs, dampers and anti-roll bars. If you want to amp up the “sport” factor even more, there is a new Sport mode that improves the accelerator response and tightens up the steering. The upgrades to the i3s give it a 0-60 mph time of 6.8 seconds, compared to 7.2 seconds for the standard i3 . The rest of the i3 lineup also gets some updates for the 2018 model year, including updated front and rear fascias, which emphasize the i3’s width. There aren’t any battery upgrades to the 2018 i3, which means that the standard i3 can travel 114 miles, while the Range Extender with its two-cylinder gas engine gives it a range of 180 miles. A new BMW TurboCord charger is now part of the options list that features a 20-ft charging cord, and provides two chargers in one. Level 1 charging is available when plugged into any 120 V outlet and it also lets you charge up-to 3.6 kW, nearly three-times faster than the standard occasional use cable when used with a 240 V outlet. + BMW Images @BMW

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BMW and LEGO team up to create a futuristic flying motorcycle

February 20, 2017 by  
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LEGO provides inspiration for everyone from preschool-aged future engineers to BMW  designers. Recently, BMW and LEGO collaborated on the LEGO Technic BMW R 1200 GS Adventure model kit based on a BMW motorcycle . Now, designers from the two companies took inspiration from the Technics kit to bring to life with the Hover Ride Design Concept – a flying hover motorcycle that looks like something straight out of the future. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4r_E1iQOVWE The 603-part LEGO Technic BMW R 1200 GS Adventure model kit allows LEGO aficionados to construct a miniature version of the best-selling BMW R 1200 GS Adventure. BMW Motorrad first approached LEGO with the idea to design the first LEGO Technic model designed together with a motorcycle manufacturer. Then they went a step further to design the Hover Ride Design Concept. Related: BMW’s futuristic self-balancing motorcycle is like a real-life Batman’s Batpod The hovering vehicle probably won’t hit markets anytime soon. In a press release BMW described the Hover Ride as a futuristic concept “full of emotion and creative energy though not laying claim to technological plausibility.” Combining BMW and LEGO design elements, designers from both companies created the concept with the help of a BMW training unit that gives trainees opportunities to work across departments on different projects. They built the life-size model of the Hover Ride, complete with a propeller. BMW Motorrad Head of Vehicle Design Alexander Buckan said in a video on the project, “This futuristic concept bike is pretty amazing. I’m really impressed how an idea can be created by LEGO elements and actually become a valid suggestion on how we can ride a motorcycle in the future.” And not only can grade schoolers learn from playing with LEGOS – Buckan said their unusual process to create a LEGO Hover Ride and then a real Hover Ride offered an excellent learning opportunity for the designers involved. You can purchase the LEGO Technic BMW R 1200 GS Adventure kit for £54.99, or just under $70, here . Via BMW Group Images via BMW Group

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Watch a BMW morph into a standing Transformer-like bot

September 25, 2016 by  
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A Turkish company has made many a Transformers fan’s dream turn to reality—the engineers at Letrons have turned a BMW into a Transformer-like bot capable of speech and cool special effects. Using a remote control, the engineers turn the BMW “robot in disguise” into Antimon, a standing bot with pop-out arms, legs, and head. Click on the link below to see the transformation in action.

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Why you should grab a piece of the sharing economy

August 25, 2016 by  
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Amazon, BMW and others are following the lead of Airbnb and Uber… and you should too.

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2017 BMW 740e turns BMW’s flagship sedan into a plug-in hybrid

August 8, 2016 by  
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With the recent introductions of the 3 Series and X5 plug-in hybrids, it was only a matter of time until BMW’s flagship sedan debuted with its own electrified powertrain. BMW has unveiled the 740e plug-in hybrid, which will be offered in three versions when it goes on sale later this year. With up to 30 miles of fully-electric driving range, the 740e plug-in hybrid may not be able to take on the Tesla Model S, but it represents a move in the right direction. When the 740e goes on sale, BMW is going to offer the large flagship sedan in three versions: BMW 740e iPerformance, long-wheelbase BMW 740Le iPerformance and BMW 740Le xDrive iPerformance. All three versions are powered by a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that is mated to an electric motor to generate a total 326 horsepower and 369 lb-ft. of torque. The hybrid powertrain sends its power via an 8-speed automatic to either the rear or all four wheels. Depending on which model you choose, the 740e plug-in hybrid can travel between 25-30 miles in electric mode and it will take less than four hours to recharge from a domestic power socket and in under three hours from a BMW i Wallbox. Related: The 2017 BMW i3 gets an upgraded battery for 50% more driving range Just like BMW’s other electrified models, the 740e will offer different driving modes to suit the driver and improve the 740e’s efficiency. An eDrive button will allow the driver to choose between the Auto and Max drive settings. The Auto setting is the default setting that seeks to maximize range the 704e’s electric driving range by powering up the gasoline engine at 50 mph or if the driver floors it. With the Max setting, the 740e defaults to electric-only mode and can stay in this mode up to 87 mph. In the Max setting, the engine will still power up under spirited driving. There are other modes to control power usage: Adaptive, Comfort, Sport, and EcoPro. A Battery Control function allows the driver to force the 740e’s powertrain to maintain the battery charge anywhere between 30 and 100 percent that way electric power can be reserved. BMW hasn’t released all the pricing details for the 740e, but it’s expected to start around $90k, when it arrives in U.S. showrooms in the next month or two. + BMW All images @ BMW

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After three long years the BMW i8 Spyder is finally about to become a reality

December 8, 2015 by  
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It’s been three long years since BMW unveiled the i8 Spyder concept, which is essentially an open top version of the i8 plug-in hybrid sports car. Now BMW has announced the company is finally going to put the i8 Spyder into production. CEO Harald Krueger said it will arrive in the “near future.” Read the rest of After three long years the BMW i8 Spyder is finally about to become a reality

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BMW’s i3 Prototype can park itself while its driver walks away

December 17, 2014 by  
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Several cars on the market already have technology that allows them to park themselves without total interaction from the driver, but none of them allow you to completely get out of the car while it parks itself—until now. BMW has revealed a unique i3 prototype that features the company’s newest technology, which allows the i3 to drive to a parking spot and fully park itself while its driver walks off. Read the rest of BMW’s i3 Prototype can park itself while its driver walks away Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: 360 degree collision avoidance , BMW , bmw i3 , BMW i3 prototype , ces , green car , green transportation , PARK(ing) , parking garages , remote valet parking assistant , Smartwatch , urban planning

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