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BMW i3 – A Quick Look

bmw-i3-coupe-concept-3The BMW i3 may have a name that makes it sound that it has been built in conjunction with Apple, but we can assure you it’s all BMW and as revolutionary as any product Apple has created.

Unlike other sorts of electric vehicles the new i3 is a very different type of electric car thanks to a number of innovations. For one thing the BMW comes with a rear wheel drive – something that is quite unusual in the electric vehicle world. However, it does make sense. The car’s rear powered  wheels are in the perfect position thanks to the driveline and mean that there is no need to string hefty cables from front to rear or vice versa.

Battery

The auto itself has a 230kg battery, which sits underneath the floor of the car and is kept at low temperatures thanks to the cars air conditioning system. This is all well protected thanks to a thoroughly strong chassis and sills made of nothing less than carbon fibre. The motor that drives the car is positioned beneath the boot’s floor.

The car keeps weight down thanks to a suspension made from aluminium and hollow drive shafts. The wheels of the car are made from forged aluminium and all screw, bolts and a whole lot more is made from aluminium.

Weighing in at 1270kg, the BMW is a quite light car, obviously thanks to the use of aluminium and carbon fibre. BMW quotes that a car made with traditional materials of this kind would be around 300kg heavier – which would obviously greatly impact on the fuel consumption and the power to weight ratio, which would affect performance.

Power

Power wise the 22kWh lithium ion battery can produce plenty of it and the electric motor drives 168bhp through the rear wheels of the car – a lot of petrol cars pale in comparison to this figure. Expect the car to go as fast as 93mph and acceleration to be undimmed throughout.

Of course, the other big performance factor is the range of the car and BMW quote this at 140 miles on a charge on combined roads. In realistic terms expect to see around 100 miles to a charge. BMW however has also offered the option of adding a range extender to the vehicle – something we’re interested to see with our experience as BMW specialists Cardiff.

This is essentially a 650cc motorcycle engine that’s added to the car and acts as a generator for the car’s battery. This will charge the car as it goes and pushes its range to 186 miles. This is expected to be added to the vast majority of cars that are bought.

Rear Hinges

The car comes with rear hinged doors – possibly there just to push the notion of modernity, while inside the car is comfortable enough to accommodate four people at a push. The trim comes in all manner of shapes and forms with wood, plastic and fibres thrown in. However, reports suggest that it doesn’t completely live up to its BMW billing and is a little slacker in terms of quality than usual.

However, one benefit of the motor in the rear is that the noise of the electric power is at the rear and quite quiet.  Expect the ride to be better also thanks to the cars lightness and handling is said to be precise, while he car is brisk and agile on B roads – quite similar to a Mini – a car that it utilises plenty of parts from.

The BMW is probably the best attempt at any EV yet and a real step forward in a lot of ways. However, priced at over £25,000, it’s a lot more than the £11,000 tag on a Nissan Leaf. Though, it is a BMW after all.

Types Of Tinted Windows And Legal Issue

Legal Car Window Tinting

As we all know that tinted window has a lot of benefit, especially in terms of keep people in maximum private environment. However, the traditional objective of having tinted window is to protect you from the damaging ray and sunlight, and this seems to be the important objective of using tinted widow. The most common type of film that use with tinted windows is polyester and coated with a scratch resistant on one side and the other side applied by special agent to make the film become mounting adhesive. However, even though it is very easy to install this film to the windows and there are a lot of tinted films available today, there still some interesting point that you have to consider before you having tinted windows installed.

Back to the year around 1960s, the usage of flat film that tinted onwindow glass was first introduced and become popular very rapidly with a huge of demand during that time with a variety of colours and shade of window tinting film available. Today, there are many types of tinted windows available in the market but the most common types that widely used are metallic performance films and the traditional non-reflectivefilmMetallic performance film has reflective surface, which is very effective in terms of reducing rays and heat from the sunlight, meanwhile traditional non-reflective film has less quality of sunlight reflection. Both type of window tinting film come in many different colours to choose such as amber, gray, bronze, gold, and so on.

However, many people already know about the huge benefit of using tinted windows that they can reduce sun’s heat (many of good quality brands of window film claim that the film can reduce up to 65% of heatand 99.9% of damaging ultraviolet rays. Apart form that benefit in terms of protecting your interior property in the house; tinted windows are good for your health as the film can protect your skin and eye from sun damage. This is not only for home used but also including tinted windows that used with any kind of vehicles.

Even though there are plenty of benefit of using tinted windows, but before you decide whether you will use it, you must first gather information about legal aspect of using it. Because in the USA, there are rules and regulations applied to usage of tinted windows, especially for vehicles and different states or localities also has different scheme of rules apply to the usage, so it is necessary for you to check information about those rules before buy window tinted films. The most important reason for authorities that they have to legislate the law about window tinting is for public safety. Therefore choose buying tinted windows form professional company that familiar with the law so they can provide you effective advice as well as provide you a certificate of compliance for you just in case you need it.

The information about tinted windows presented here will do one of two things: either it will reinforce what you know about tinted windows or it will teach you something new. Both are good outcomes. Now might be a good time to write down the main points covered above. The act of putting it down on paper will help you remember what’s important about it.