Tesla patents, BMW i8 vs. stretched Model S.
Click tip: uAutoInsurance looked at how many patents Tesla actually has, counting 249. Alone 104 of those have to do with batteries, followed by charging (28) and motor patents (13).
uautoinsurance.com via cleantechnica.com
Reading tip: Bill Howard is putting the BMW i8 head to head with the prolonged Model S. The latter, he finds, is still too short for China’s rich executives but indeed stretches into BMW territory. However, the Bavarian super hybrid might win over a Tesla fan or two – if only it were fully electric.
BMW i8 commercials, Jay Leno's McLaren P1.
Video tip I: None less than Gus Van Sant has directed this trilogy of ad clips promoting the BMW i8. And he is not the only star who lends its name to the hybrid super-car as the cast includes Sting’s daughter Mickey Sumner and Sam Hazeldine.
autoblog.com (with all three videos)
Video tip II: Jay Leno is the proud owner of the first McLaren P1 in America. Of course he had to take it for a test drive! He even invited McLaren CEO Mike Flewitt to his garage to walk him through everything P1.
youtube.com via cleantechnica.com
BMW i8, Unusual places to charge, Formula E.
Video tip: He hated getting to it, but he loved driving it! After flying to Los Angeles, Chris Harris got behind the wheel of the BMW i8. He is impressed with how much the production car still resembles the concept.
Click tip: You do not have to charge you EV at home or at a charging station – how about parking your electric motorcycle in a restaurant kitchen for juice? And that is just one of the most unusual place to charge up.
Formula E: He is the first Chinese race driver to test drive a Formula E car. In this video, Ho-Pin Tung describes his experience – just in time for the official opening of the Formula E headquarters in Donington Park on May 15th.
fiaformulae.com, youtube.com (Video)
Siemens/BAIC, BMW i8 test drive, Chevy Volt.
Video tip: Siemens and BAIC are to form a joint venture for the development of electric drives (we reported). Here is the official announcement from the Beijing Auto Show.
Test drive BMW i8: On a more professional note is Mark Vaughn’s review of the hybrid super car. He was, however, similarly enthused by what he calls the “world’s fourth-fastest hybrid” and the most affordable one too, when comparing it to the likes of Porsche and Ferrari.
Reading tip: Will the new Chevrolet Volt mark the end of the Opel Ampera as we know it? Darren Moss from Autocar speculates that the Volt’s new drivetrain could also get used in a more European-friendly car from Opel.
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BMW i8 test driving, Solar powered BMW i3.
Video tip: Stephen Engle is Bloomberg’s correspondent in China where he got his hands on the BMW i8 and took it for a ride through the busy capital of Beijing.
Reading tip: As of mid-May, a Californian couple will power their home and two BMW i3s solely with solar power from their roof and document their private going green initiative. Let the sun shine!
Sound of the BMW i8.
Listening tip: You might not trust your ears when tuning in to the sound of the new BMW i8. Without sound generator the V3 still roars like a real V8. If that really is its true voice, why the sound design we wonder?!
One man's accident…
…is another man’s treasure: In this case the sorrow was all the driver’s who got stuck in snow with his BMW i8 prototype. Naturally, spy photographers were having a field day. To make things worse, snow clearing vehicles had to be called to the rescue as the i8 came without a towing lug.
worldcarfans.com, autoevolution.com (Photo gallery)