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    I'm confused, they say the motors in front and rear works independent, so how we change gears?

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    Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Sorena Click here to enlarge
    I'm confused, they say the motors in front and rear works independent, so how we change gears?
    Electric motors and IC motors work independently now and they work fine.

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    but they must be connected to a gearbox, right?

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    Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Sorena Click here to enlarge
    but they must be connected to a gearbox, right?
    Well yes.

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    So they aren't independent, or maybe i'm nitpick here.

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    Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Sorena Click here to enlarge
    So they aren't independent, or maybe i'm nitpick here.
    Honestly, I don't know.

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    It is possible that the electric motor and gas engine are de-coupled. You can have this, as long as both of these powerplants are producing positive torque to the front and rear axles respectively, they can work together and not have to be connected to eachother via a drivetrain. On the other hand if one of them is not producing positive torque, it will be dragging the other. I am sure they are designed to work together or separately if need be.

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    BMWBlog has an editorial on the i8, with some more images (there are a couple of the i3, too):

    http://www.bmwblog.com/2011/08/12/editorial-the-bmw-i8-sustainable-magic/


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    First the i8, now the i3 in Chicago:

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    This video shows how the drive compentents function.

    I like the style of the car. But like everyone else, I think this would be way nicer with a mean engine in the back. Click here to enlarge


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    this would be amazing with the TT V8 from the M5 and without the electric crap.

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    Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by FR305 Click here to enlarge
    this would be amazing with the TT V8 from the M5 and without the electric crap.
    Ditto.

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    I think it's an interesting solution to the weird (Prius, Insight, etc) genre of hybrids available. It's got an unusual look without sacrificing a sporty appearance. I'm excited to see these driving around.

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    Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Axelfuzz Click here to enlarge
    I think it's an interesting solution to the weird (Prius, Insight, etc) genre of hybrids available. It's got an unusual look without sacrificing a sporty appearance. I'm excited to see these driving around.
    It definitely is more exciting than a Prius but there is much more potential in there with a real motor.

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    this car is a waste of resources... by the time youve recovered any increases in fuel efficiency you basically raped the earth by producing sophisticated electronics and lithium batteries. Its all bull$#@! propaganda. The green hybrid cars arent green, they save gas at the pump but not at the assembly plant. All the electronics and batteries are extremely toxic to produce and dispose of.
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    Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by DBFIU Click here to enlarge
    this car is a waste of resources... by the time youve recovered any increases in fuel efficiency you basically raped the earth by producing sophisticated electronics and lithium batteries. Its all bull$#@! propaganda. The green hybrid cars arent green, they save gas at the pump but not at the assembly plant. All the electronics and batteries are extremely toxic to produce and dispose of.
    Of course, but I'm sure there are proper disposal procedures. You can't just create the energy out of thin air and the batteries are what make it all work. People just see MPG.

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    If I were to tell how much water it takes to produce a lithium battery youd never buy a prius, ever.
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