BMW Group Ireland tells us that it is providing a BMW i3 to An Garda Síochána to pilot the practical implications of electric vehicles. The Governments energy efficiency targets challenge the public bector to reach verifiable energy-efficiency savings of 33 per cent by 2020. The vehicle, which sports the full Garda livery, is on display at the BT Young Scientist exhibition last week in Dublin’s RDS.
With 2,800 vehicles, the Gardai has one of the country’s largest commercial fleets and represents an opportunity for energy savings. This pilot BMW i3 (94Ah) provides emissions free driving with a pure electric range of 180kms in real-world driving conditions.
It is agile and engaging to drive, so it is ideally suited for dense urban areas making it a perfect match for an Garda Síochána.
Recognising that it is takes more than just zero-emission motoring to drive sustainable change in the world, BMW Group takes a holistic approach to environmental and social sustainability throughout entire lifecycle-chain of its vehicles. Taking into consideration everything from the extraction of raw materials and manufacture of the vehicle, through usage to recycling, all environmental impacts of the vehicle are considered.
For example, the manufacturing process of the i3 is derived from green power such as wind turbines and one of the world’s largest hydroelectric plants. The BMW i3 also uses a completely new purpose built architecture with Carbon-Fibre Reinforced Plastic for the passenger cell. This brings lightweight design to a new level. Even the interior of the BMW i3 was created using sustainably sourced materials and up to 95 per cent of the car is recyclable.
Colaiste Phobal Ros Cre (Tipperary) Students, Sadhbh O’Grady (13), Adam Delany (14), red hair, and Shane Hickey (14).
“We are excited to provide our ground breaking BMW i3 to An Garda Síochána. Every aspect of the i3 has been conceived for sustainability but at the same time it is extremely agile so it will certainly not escape the attention of the public on our roads,” said Anthony Casey, National BMW Corporate & Diplomatic Manager, BMW Group Ireland.
BMW i3 (94 Ah)
The new BMW i3 draws energy from a lithium-ion high-voltage battery developed by the BMW Group with a capacity of 94-ampere hours (Ah) or 33 kilowatt hours (kWh).
An optional range extender engine can be added to the new BMW i3 models, providing an additional range of up to 150kms of driving, a total of 330kms.
This BMW model features an unmistakable, avant-garde styling and a thrilling performance. Stepping on the accelerator pedal immediately unleashes a thrilling burst of speed. The motor smoothly delivers the kind of performance that drivers expect from a BMW. The 0-100 km/h time is achieved by the new BMW i3 in 7.3 seconds and has a top speed limited to 150 km/h.
The model comes in two trims the i3 and i3s and has a starting price of €36,510 (or with Range Extender for €43,540) including the SEAI grant and VRT rebates.