BMW – The Electric Future

OK, so I was not a fan of electric cars when they first came out. Sure they could be amazing in the future I thought, but back in the early 2000’s I was not interested… AT ALL. Then the BMW i8 comes out, and to me, they showed the world, electric cars can look fast. Sure the Tesla roaster came out and seemed pretty sweet, but it wasn’t enough for me; and then the i8 certainly came closer. Now they have not only introduced an AI based self driving car the iNEXT, but the Vision M NEXT as well as a jet fighter looking motorcycle with the Vision DC Roadster. ALL of these seem to inspire and get me actually excited about an electric future with automobiles and possibly motorsports.

The iNEXT seems like BMW has really balanced the exciting movie inspired futuristic car with the right amount of luxury. The new iNEXT is said to help dive deeper into what it means to create “My Favorite Space”. With the ever changing automobile industry, and consumer wants, the drivers will have much more control of how they spend their time during transportation.

BMW describes the iNEXT:

“The BMW Vision iNEXT is fully electric, fully connected and offers highly autonomous diving. The series-production model, set to become the company’s new technology flagship, will be built at BMW Group Plant Dingolfing from 2021. It will integrate the BMW Group’s strategic areas of innovation (“D+ACES”) and bring them to the roads.”

Here is the iNEXT ad:

While the iNEXT certainly intrigues me and gets my imagination going, the BMW Vision M NEXT is more up my alley.ย  The Vision M NEXT of course has the kidney grills, but for this model they are laser etched. It seems to pay homage to the legendary M1 with the rear window design, while also incorporating the iconic Hofmeister Kink.

Here is the the official launch film:

If the Vision M NEXT concept wasn’t enough BMW Motorrad gave us the Vision DC Roadster. The DC has the iconic boxer engine styling, while still being fully electric. BMW was able to keep the boxer styling by installing the battery vertically, longitudinally oriented, and designing the cooling elements to extend like the ribs of an air-cooled boxer engine. The DC also has an aluminum frame to decrease weight.

“The boxer engine is the heart of BMW Motorrad โ€” an absolute stalwart of its character. But BMW Motorrad stands for visionary zero-emissions vehicle concepts, too. In view of this, one question that arises is: What would happen if we were to replace the boxer engine with an electric motor and the required battery? The Vision Bike shows how we’re able to retain the identity and iconic appearance of BMW Motorrad in distinctive form while at the same time presenting an exciting new type of riding pleasure,” says BMW Motorrad design chief Edgar Heinrich.

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By the sounds of it, it seems like BMW is on its way to creating an incredible future that I am happy to be apart of.

 

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