BMW's hybrid electric i8, which is expected to hit the streets in 2014, will use two distinct drive systems. The front axle will employ the i3's 170HP electric motor, while a 220HP, three-cylinder internal combustion engine will drive the rear. Using that arrangement, all four wheels of the i8 will be driven at the same time, in a manner similar to that of an all-wheel-drive vehicle. (Source: Design News)
These are great Chuck. Thanks. I wish I could have been there myself. We always see these amazing concept cars. I always wonder why we never see them come to production, or very few. And who gets to keep those concept cars?
You mentioned a car with a 17-in. display. Like drivers don't have enough to be distracted by?
Volkswagen AG is developing a lithium-air battery that could triple the range of its electric cars, but industry experts believe it could be a long time before that chemistry is ready for production vehicles.
Californiaís plan to mandate an electric vehicle market isnít the first such undertaking and certainly wonít be the last. But as the Golden State ratchets up for its next big step toward zero-emission vehicle status in 2018, it might be wise to consider a bit of history.
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