BMW i Visionary Mobility: New exhibition in the BMW Museum
With the new BMW i Visionary Mobility exhibition, the BMW Museum takes a look at the development of the automobile in recent years. And while series-produced electric cars are still a dream of the future for other manufacturers, the market launch of the BMW i3 is celebrating its fifth anniversary this fall. Before BMW i came on the road in 2013, there were a whole series of concept cars and studies that provided more or less concrete views of the new technology – and which are now gathered at the BMW Museum Munich – to make their way from the study to the series to understand again.
Part of the temporary exhibition is an early carbon passenger cell from the time when the project was still called the Megacity Vehicle, but also more in-line studies such as the BMW i3 Concept from the IAA 2011 or the more dynamic drawn i3 Coupé Concept can be seen up close become. Not to be missed is also plenty of background information on the sustainable overall concept, which goes well beyond the electric drive and includes, for example, the materials used or power generation for production.
The second major theme of the BMW i Visionary Mobility temporary exhibition, which is expected to run until September 2019, is the BMW i8 plug-in hybrid sports car, which celebrated its market launch in the summer of 2014. This year, the sporty figurehead of BMW i is already getting its facelift, and the BMW i8 Roadster is also launching a second body variant.
All friends of the BMW i8 can also trace their way from the first BMW i Vision EfficientDynamics study to series maturity. The selection of concept cars and prototypes also includes the first official preview of the BMW i8 Roadster, which has since been mass produced, as well as a test cell with a fuel cell, which was built in 2012 for internal purposes and about which we were able to report in detail in 2015.
The MemphisStyle editions of BMW i3 and i8 finally show that electric mobility can also become a big screen. Other topics include Autonomous Driving and the challenges on the way to Level 5, which will be with us for a few more years – but one day certainly will find its way into the BMW Museum Munich as well.