BMW i3 and i8 may cease to exist as we know them today


In an interview with Automotive News, BMW officials said that the i3 and i8 vehicles were designed as “technological showcases” that may not have a future:

“These cars are very unique,” Juraschek said. “These two cars were not [developed] as a family that we can expand in different [ways] or maybe five or 10 derivatives.”

In my opinion, this doesn’t mean there will not be a car of the future wearing the i3 or i8 brand, but instead he might be trying to say that there won’t be a spiritual or design successor to the existing vehicles since they do not conform to their modular future.

It has already been stated officially the Vision Dynamics vehicle will be unveiled as the BMW i4, so it would seem very odd for the i3 and i8 brands to cease forever. The i4 is supposed to go head to head with the Tesla Model 3, and it would make sense to build other vehicles which could span the entire electric spectrum. They will be starting with the electrified version of the X3 which will be called the iX3, and it seems pretty logical that BMW will flesh out the rest of their vehicle line-up as they see some of the pieces come together.



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Solar and Batteries

Zero Mass water SOURCE captures water from the air using the sun


When you think of achieving sustainability, water must be part of that conversation. Zero Mass water feels the same way and they have announced their solution which is called SOURCE, an off-grid and self contained water extraction system which can produce 4-10 liters of water per day or 8-20 16.9 oz standard water bottles. This production obviously depends on the sunshine and humidity conditions as a solar panel and battery are used to power the device.

Each panel is 4 feet by 8 feet with a 30 liter reservoir that mineralizes the water with calcium and magnesium cartridges. A standard array consists of two of these panels, so it is a fairly wide structure. At a price of $4000 for the standard unit, this won’t exactly be going into every home but it does present a very intriguing road map for where we could and should be going with water conservation technology.

You may be thinking that getting on the roof for water is impractical, however this is a complete solution with a pump producing 80 psi of pressure and is plumbed directly into your fridge, dispenser or faucet.

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