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BMW i3 electric car: the inside story – Telegraph

The i3 doesn’t have a full carbon-fibre monocoque like the Lamborghini Aventador or McLaren P1 supercars. The running gear, suspension and steering are mounted on an aluminium rolling chassis, while the outer body panels are plastic
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By Andrew English10:29AM BST 25 Apr 2013
BMW reveals the carbon-fibre body and inner workings of the i3, which might be the most complete battery-electric car so far.

BMW recently unveiled some of the secrets of its battery-powered i3 hatchback, which goes on sale this year. Claiming the i3 will be the world’s most sustainable car, journalists were allowed access to the i3’s remarkable wind turbine-powered, carbon-neutral production plant near Leipzig in Germany.

It quickly became clear, however, that even the buying public won’t be flocking to the i3 because it is a battery car (a 650cc, twin-cylinder motorcycle-engined range extender is expected to take at least half of all i3 sales), but they might because it is a (partly) carbon-fibre car.

More http://www.telegraph.co.uk/motoring/car-manufacturers/bmw/10015336/BMW-i3-electric-car-the-inside-story.html

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