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Bay Area Drivers Sought for Study
BMW, in conjunction with Pacific Gas and Electric, is conducting an 18-month study in the San Francisco area to see how efficient use of the i3 charging system can result in more effective power management and overall reduced costs of vehicle use. The BMW I ChargeForward program study has two parts. The first involves BMW i3 owners by having them delay their charging time until grid loads are not at peak levels. The second part of the program recycles MINI E batteries into a solar-powered electric system at the BMW storage facility. “One thing that we’ll be investigating with this pilot is understanding how people charge, how flexible they are with respect to when they charge, and how best to design future products in a way that benefits both customers and utilities,” said Julia Sohnen, BMW advanced technology engineer.
BMW i3 Offers Premium Electric Driving Experience
BMW only knows one way to make cars, with premium performance and luxury features. The BMW i3 comes in two versions. The all-electric model gets an impressive 81 miles per charge, while the version with the Range Extender can go up to 150 miles per charge. Starting at just $42,400 with lease payments available from $269 per month, the i3 provides a surprising 184 foot pounds of torque to pin you back in your seat and put a smile on your face. Leather and wood interior elements spell luxury with all the technology you’d expect from a BMW. Test drive the new i3 for yourself with a visit to Chapman BMW.
Goal is to Reduce Strain on Grid While Lowering Ownership Costs
By choosing less popular times to charge their i3, BMW owners will help lessen the load on the power grid in the Bay area. For their efforts, PG&E will compensate them monetarily. BMW will notify participants by text when they should delay their charging times. Each participant is free to opt out of the program temporarily as needs arise. Each participant is also going to receive a check for $1000 upon entry to the program, with another $540 coming at the end of the study.
Ultimate Goal is to Make EV Vehicles More Attractive
Although electric vehicle technology is advancing by leaps and bounds, not all consumers are sold on the concept. The goal of the BMW study is to show how electric vehicles can be even more cost efficient by managing charging times. Along with working on vehicles that no longer require a driver, advancements in total electric and hybrid vehicles are some of the most important in the auto industry. BMW continues to lead the pack in both advancements. See all the BMW models for yourself to understand just how the company is incorporating technology to create greater fuel efficiency and save lives. Chapman BMW has a huge inventory of new and used BMWs for your examination.
Stop Circling the Block for Open Spaces
As the world moves closer to a mobility model where cars communicate with each other and their surroundings, BMW announces the next step in technology to make transportation a little easier in a crowded urban environment. The Dynamic Parking Prediction project takes on the problem of finding that elusive parking space during premium business hours. By using the movement data generated by vehicle fleets, Dynamic Parking Prediction shows where the most likely open parking spaces are located. This keeps traffic moving during times of usual congestion. Keep up-to-date on all the technological changes happening at BMW by visiting Chapman BMW.
Connected Navigation Provides Early Warning
As more and more vehicle crowd the nation’s urban streets, traffic flow is a real concern for the 21st century commuter. Several automakers are researching ways to more efficiently move vehicles and people through the cities, but none are more advanced than BMW. The company’s Connected Navigation project works by connecting through the Web with other similarly outfitted vehicles to learn about accidents, congestion and possible other delays. The Real Time Traffic Information System then provides alternative routes to avoid the delays.
Parking Assistance Project Not New
BMW has been working on reducing the time it takes to find a parking space since 2011. By integrating updated digital maps of all available parking spaces with the movement data of a test fleet, engineers are able to run all the information through an algorithm that displays parking options on a digital vehicle screen. Although the system is still in prototype mode, it is moving closer to availability in a production vehicle. “There is clear demand from customers living in large cities for a system capable of predicting on-street parking availability,” said Martin Hauschild, head of traffic management for BMW. “Through its collaboration with INRIX, the BMW Group aims to continue setting the benchmark in urban mobility into the future.”
Prototype Tested on BMW i3
BMW has the perfect vehicle to test the Dynamic Parking Prediction technology on with the innovative i3. As the first premium electric production vehicle, the i3 already features a built-in SIM card with a wide variety of connectivity options including intermodal navigation. This feature determines the best way to reach a destination from a specific point, including the use of public transportation. See all the innovation the i3 has to offer by visiting Chapman BMW today.
ZHP Adds Adventure to 4-Series Coupe
Originally affixed to the E46 series more than 10 years ago the ZHP package is coming back as part of BMW’s 2016 435i performance handling coupe. Although not quite up to the offering of the M4 sports package, the ZHP utilizes many of the same M package parts including a track handling package, limited slip differential, M Sport Package and other high-end performance parts. Eighteen-inch alloys combine with M Sport Brakes to keep the car on the road in hairpin corners and stop quickly when the need occurs. If Chapman BMW is lucky enough to receive one of the new ZHPs, it won’t be until July of this year.
Pumps up the Power with M Performance Kit
By adding the M Performance Engine Kit, BMW delivers 35 more horsepower and an additional 32 more pound-feet of torque with the automatic transmission. That takes a full half-second off the BMW 4-Series time from 50 miles per hour up to 75 mph. That may not sound like a lot, but can mean the difference between success and failure when merging onto the freeway. An optional sport exhaust provides plenty of rumble while cutting almost 9 pounds off the vehicle weight. Early production estimates show that only 100 vehicles will be built. Adding to the uniqueness of the ZHP, customers will only have a choice of either Alpine White or Black Sapphire Metallic. Contact Chapman BMW for your chance at the new BMW 4-Series ZHP.
Aerodynamics Package Adds Sporting Emphasis
With a front and rear spoiler constructed from quality carbon and a rear diffuser manufactured from space-age polymer, the M Performance Aerodynamics Package of the new BMW 4-Series ZHP adds an exclamation point to the sportiness of the new coupe. Custom BMW black kidney grilles in the front contrast the larger grille in the rear diffuser to tie the whole package together.
Build Your Own Through VIA Program
Recognizing that 100 vehicles won’t go very far to fill demand, BMW offers the Vehicle Distribution Center Installed Accessory (VIA) program. This allow buyers to have factory parts installed on the BMW 4-Series that will make it virtually indistinguishable from the ZHP model. As all parts are installed at the port before being delivered to the dealer, they carry the same factory warranty as the rest of the vehicle. This not only increases the performance of the vehicle, but makes it much easier to get a loan on the car.
ConnectedDrive Technology Leads Industry
BMW’s connection with the new Apple Watch is just another example of how the car company continues to push the auto technology envelope. Use the BMW i Remote app in conjunction with the Apple Watch to check on the status of important electric vehicle diagnostics including battery charge status, interior temperature and whether or not you locked the doors. You can also use the Apple Watch to heat or cool your car while it is in charging mode without taking any energy from the battery. The Apple Watch is now available for purchase. Check out the BMW i3 and i8 models at your Phoenix BMW dealer, Chapman BMW.
The “i” Stands for Innovation
The i3 and i8 BMW models are the company’s stepping stone to a future of sustainable smart vehicles that provide a luxurious driving experience. By providing links to mobile devices like the Apple Watch, BMW is continuing a journey that started more than 40 years ago with the first electric test vehicles. The BMW i Series is leading the way to a future where driver assist and zero tailpipe emissions are no longer innovations, but a normal way of life.
Sustainability Starts with Manufacturing Plant
Wind power creates the electricity used to build the BMW i Series in the Leipzig, Germany plant. As part of the EfficientDynamics program the company employs to cut energy everywhere, they were able to reduce energy consumption in the plant by 50 percent and water usage by 70 percent. The EfficientDynamics program aims to continue the quest to reduce emissions without sacrificing the pleasure of driving some of the finest vehicles in the world. Every piece of the new i Series is designed to make the planet a better place to live. See and drive the i3 and i8 at Chapman BMW.
Intermodal Guidance Leads the Way
One of the most innovative ways the Apple Watch works with the BMW i3 is the use of the intermodal navigation system. This unique guidance application syncs the watch with the vehicle navigation to continue to lead you to your destination after the car is parked. It also takes you right to your car when your event is over, making it a useful way to avoid wandering through stadium parking lots at night. This is just another way that BMW is leading the charge in the area of personal mobility.
Here at Chapman BMW, we enjoy cool stuff- to put it lightly. Come on, who doesn’t? Therefore, we tend to get mildly excited when BMW’s new concepts are introduced, and they never seem to disappoint. Concept cars are a great way for vehicle manufacturers to display new technologies and projected enhancements. Not to mention that they are usually always extremely visually appealing. Let’s take a look at our picks for three really cool and impressive concept cars from BMW.
2011 328 Hommage Concept
Sigh/drool/drool some more. Here enters the BMW 2011 328 Hommage Concept. This drool-worthy ride was originally designed as a throwback to the 328 from the 1930s. It’s classic good looks team perfectly with a straight-six engine design. With an aluminum construction, this sporty and gorgeous two seater is definitely one of the most visually appealing BMW concepts to date.
BMW Concept Coupe Mille Miglia
Go ahead, ogle at this beauty for a few more seconds- we’ll wait. Something this beautiful deserves extra attention. This particular concept car earned its equally appealing name from the famous Italian race, the Mille Miglia. It was designed as a homage to the 1950s style of vehicles that would take part in the namesake race. With a 3.2 liter I6 engine that produces an impressive 340 horsepower, this carbon fiber beauty is a BMW concept car favorite. Don’t be surprised if you can’t stop your eyes from straying back to its picture. You are not alone. We get stuck staring at it too.
2009 BMW Vision Efficient Dynamics
Of course, we saved the best for last. When this BMW concept was first introduced, it was jaw-drop worthy from the start. With outstanding aerodynamic qualities and a sleek style to impress, the VED is one of the more notable concept designs out there. Not only was it gorgeous and mind-blowingly designed, but it was also made into production as the BMW i8. Props to BMW for morphing this head-turning beauty into a reality drivable to the public. Yes, VED fans- you may have the opportunity to cause some head turning whiplash of your own with the BMW i8!
Let’s face it, you can’t ignore that most of BMW’s concept cars are genius. The combination of beauty and technology is always inviting. BMW never ceases to impress. Stop by Chapman BMW if you want to get in on the ingenuity that BMW has to offer!