German auto giant BMW introduced its ‘i’ brand to the world in 2011. The company took up a mission of producing low-emission, environment friendly vehicles for commercial markets. It developed EV concepts which were displayed in global motor shows. BMW i3 was one model which stole the spot light in Frankfurt Motor Show. This four-seater EV has now gone through some changes in its power plant.
The auto maker is planning to fit a two-cylinder motorcycle engine into these concept vehicles. The electric vehicle will get these engines from BMW motorcycles. This step is taken to increase the full charge distance range of the i3. Without these engines, the car can normally cover a distance of 90 km to 145 km when the batteries are fully charged. Inclusion of a petrol engine will help the car to run around 400 km with full tank petrol. Engine power is not directly transferred to the wheels of the vehicle. Engineers have included a generator in the power train and engine power is used to run this generator. BMW i3 will reach production lines this year and it will be sold in many parts of the world.
National Electric Mobility Mission Plan 2020, which is designed by Indian government to bring a change in electric vehicle market, took off in the month of January, 2013. With an organized plan in place, electric vehicles from some of the global auto giants like Toyota, BMW and Nissan will reach Indian market in the coming years.