Video: BMW i3 spotted in Chicago

Just two weeks ago, in the beautiful Windy City, BMW setup shop to film the newest and latest commercial of the BMW i3 electric vehicle. Chicago’s famous Wacker Drive, a location used many times by movie franchises, including Batman, was chosen as one of the points of interest in the i3 commercial.

BMW i3 and i8 made their world debut two weeks ago in Frankfurt, just weeks before the public debut at Frankfurt Auto Show.

The i3, previously known as Megacity Vehicle, is based around a light CFRP body structure and rides on a predominantly aluminum chassis. The BMW i3 provides four adult occupants with excellent all-round visibility, as well as an impressive 200 liters of luggage space behind the rear seats. At 3845mm in length, 2011mm in width and 1537mm in height, the five-door i3 is 120mm longer, 326mm wider and 132mm higher than the Mini One.

The plug-in system is a compact electric motor mounted over the rear axle. It draws energy from the battery to provide drive to the rear wheels via a single-speed transmission. As we announced a few months back, BMW says the i3 will be offered with an optional range extender powertrain (called REx) to satisfy those with longer commutes.

The i3 produces 168 horsepower and 184lb ft of torque, and it has a top speed of 93 mph (150 km/h). It accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 7.9 s.




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