Posts Tagged ‘bmw’
2014 ADDS NEW MODELS AND UPGRADES TO ELECTRIC VEHICLE FLEET
by Katie Peige
Electric vehicles (EVs) are finally gaining in popularity after Tesla resurrected the idea back in 2004, with the debut of the Tesla Roadster. The Tesla Roadster, with its $109,000 base price tag, was needless to say, for the elite, but it captured the attention of the American consumer. In 2010, Nissan unveiled their Leaf, which came with a much more affordable price point of $32,780. In the three years since, several models of electric cars were launched, and now we are finally starting to see cars plugged into those public charging stations. In 2013, there were several electric cars to choose from, and with 2014 around the corner we decided to take a look at the two new models that are sliding into the EV options for the 2014 lineup.
For the past two years at the Sustainable Brands Conference, the BMWi marketing department has been teasing us with its ‘i’ sub-brand, that promised beautiful technology that would not compromise on sustainability. After much anticipation, the BMW i3 will be available in 2014, the first car of the BMWi brand. The BMW i3 will be available to purchase in Europe in November and will be available in the United States in the spring of 2014.
BY BILL ZERVAKOS AND CATHY DROZ
The BMW 750i ActiveHybrid brings a manly new twist to the ultimate driving machine, combining all that’s good about the 750i with more power more torque and best of all, nearly 20 percent better fuel economy, setting new standards for performance and efficiency in the premium luxury class. The 7-Series ActiveHybrid is a mild hybrid, which means that the car cannot run on electric power alone like full hybrids.
The ActiveHybrid looks like the standard 7-Series, but it is outfitted with a number of discrete styling cues, like 19-inch light-alloy wheels and special badging. Inside the plush cockpit, displays inform the driver about the ActiveHybrid’s efficiency and operating status.