Linear Technology and its design partner LION Smart, are demonstrating an improved BMW i3 at the Electronica Show this week in Munich, Germany.
While both companies are more proud of “demonstrating the industry’s first wireless automotive battery management system (BMS)” for us, the best features of the improved BMW i3 are the battery and the charging system.
By using Kreisel Electric liquid cooled battery cell modules, they were able to put a 55 kWh battery in the BMW i3 that can be charged in just 15 minutes (probably from 0 to 80 %). This electric car has an estimated range of 400 km in real world driving.
Kreisel Electric battery cell modules show us again what is possible to do today with current battery technology. First we saw the improved Volkswagen e-Golf, now it’s BMW i3 time.
A BMW i3 with a realistic 400 km range that can be charged in 15 minutes is immune to range-anxiety.
Now that the Tesla Model 3 is not very far away, German automakers need to wake up and start building good electric cars or they’ll become obsolete.
With production scheduled to start in mid-2017 the Tesla Model 3 is about to make BMW, Mercedes and Audi cars look overpriced for what they offer. The only way to offer top performance while keeping costs low and comply with emission standards is to go electric.
What do you think? Will German automakers start acting before it’s to late for them?