Vehicles which use electric power instead of fossil fuel are very popular with the segement of motoring public who are very environmentally conscious and prefer to use transport which has zero emission of carbon di oxide. Many manufacturers have included hybrid vehicles or cars which use only electricity to generate power in their portfolio of vehicles to cater to this growing segement of prospective customers. BMW the German car manufacturing giant had also announced its plans to produce a car which uses electric power only 2 years back in a ‘motor show’ held in Frankfurt in Germany, where the electric car was unveiled in the concept category.
BMW has now announced that they are going to unveil their first electric car model in the last week of ‘July’. This will be first car which uses electric power and will be produced on a mass scale by BMW. It is reckoned that ‘BMW i3’ will introduce a more ordinary model unlike the vehicle introduced in Frankfurt. The car will get ‘power’ from the back, and will have modified bumpers. The doors at the back will be smaller and it will have many lumps grouped together both in the front and back of the vehicle. The engine, which uses electricity as its source of power, runs on ‘lithium-ion battery’ and can generate ‘172’ ps of power. The battery will only need to be charged between ‘128-160’ KM. The car also a subsidary ‘twin-cylinder’ engine which runs on petrol and can be used in case there is no facility to recharge the battery. It will then, with the help of the petrol engine, can travel upto 300 KM.
The announcement to introduce ‘BMW i3’ has created great enthusiasm in Europe where people are more conscious of taking care of environment and it is reported that nearly 100,000 prospective customers are ready to buy the car as soon as it comes out. The vehicle is priced at 29,000 Euros. However, the concept of a car which uses only electric power has not reached the Indian customers yet and most probably this model will not be popular in India.