I do not miss an episode of asymco and have been listening to asymcar occasionally , this episode however was not good and it obliges me to challenge my habit of listening .
During the episode Horace was questioning why E cars look so different , his beloved tesla, manages it to create a classic looking sports limousine.
The question was partly answered during the podcast but the way it was discussed showed that there was no preparation whatsoever.
The batteries make the car that much heavier,
it would ruin any co2 equation not looking for a different approach. In the iseries the did away with all the steel and use some carbon composite ( like in formula1) for the protection of the passengers, aluminum for the chassis. This is huge but in the podcast and the comparisons with tesla it is all about the power train. A tesla is built with metal sheets . And the carbon gets even more interesting if you look what they have been doing to assure the supply of it. The carbon comes from SGL carbon , Susan Klatten , bought a minority stake , competing with the VW group for control of SGL . The production is in the us due to the low energy prices , carbon is still 10 times as expensive as steel.
Not only the weight by itself is important in designing a car , also the distribution of the weight . How can Horace wonder why not to use the free space in the now idle moto compartment .
The Leipzig plant is not newly build for the i3, it was designed by zaha hadid , originally produced the three series there.
Why to use a sub brand … The EU wants that a car maker as a brand reaches a certain g CO2 per car.
Then there was the discussion on how ugly the I3 s ( not said out loud but implied) , agree , it is an odd bird but there is an demo model at Brussels airport and it draws more eyes then an Audi A7 S , a few meters further down. But … Praising the classic beauty of the tesla model S and forgetting to dive into the I8 is rather strange . A different beast , a hybrid , but what is the engine , a 3 cylinder , 1500 cc … In a super sports car …. ( around 100k euros) , other little innovation nitbits: laser lights as an option.
Thee is so much innovation going on and we get a comparison to the Saturn . I will be listening next time and hope you guys are better prepared.
I own a few BMW shares , not working for or related to BMW employees.