Sunday, February 27, 2011

Report: BMW Aims to Make 30,000 i3's a Year!

Good news! Various reports are circulating that claim BMW is planning on producing as many as 30,000 i3's per year. Many have questioned the level of commitment BMW really has in the EV market. Were they making the i3 as a low production "halo car", or were they really going to try to make this car a real player in the electric car market? This news also gives a little insight into the cost BMW plans to sell the car at. If they really plan on selling this many units per year, the planned price cannot be extraordinarily high and that's good news. While 30,000 isn't a huge number in comparison to other BMW models, it would represent more units than both the Chevy Volt and Nissan LEAF are making in the first year of production.

Monday, February 21, 2011

BMW/SGL New Carbon Fiber Plant on Schedule

BMW, in a joint venture with SGL is building a new plant in Moses Lake, Washington to manufacture the carbon fiber body panels for the new i3 and other BMW models.

When completed, the plant will be 154,250 square-foot and take advantage of the use of hydro-generated electricity the area has to offer. This allows the plant to drastically reduce it's electricity costs (carbon fiber production requires a lot of electricity) while using an environmentally friendly source of generation. This keeps in line with the BMW groups philosophy of being the most sustainable auto manufacturer, an award they have won an amazing six years in a row now.

Join the BMW i3 Facebook Group!

On Facebook? Do you want to get the latest BMW i3 info and join discussions about the car? I've created a BMW i3 Facebook group for anyone interested. Here's the link:!/home.php?sk=group_127721967301673

BMW Megacity is officially called the i3

This blog will detail the development and intimately the real life experience of the BMW i3, BMW's first production electric vehicle.

Feel free to ask questions and contribute. We are about 2 1/2 years from the car being in showrooms and there will be a lot to discuss between now and then.

For starters, go to this link to learn about the car.