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Published Date: 18/01/2016

BMW i3 - the perfect emergency vehicle

BMW already has an excellent reputation in the UK for providing emergency vehicles. The 3 Series, 5 Series and X5 particularly see use as police and rapid response cars.

There's a new BMW emergency vehicle now though - the all-electric BMW i3. Authorities in Bavaria, Milan, London and Los Angeles have all added i3s to their emergency vehicle fleets.

BMW i3 - the perfect emergency vehicle

The i3 might not immediately leap to mind as an emergency vehicle, but many key elements lend themselves to suitability for this purpose.

Constructed from aluminium for the chassis and carbon fibre reinforced plastic (CFRP) in the passenger cabin, the i3 has a spacious and versatile interior despite the diminutive 4 metre body. The lightweight materials offset the weight of the electrical components, making the i3 agile - perfect for driving in the city and manouevring around traffic in a response situation.

A high seating position and excellent all-round visibility, along with a very small turning circle of 9.86 metres make it ideal for use in urban traffic and confined city streets.

The i3's electric motor provides up to 170hp, and will accelerate from 0-62mph in 7.2s - reaching 30mph in less than 3 seconds - which is ideal for keeping momentum up on a response run, getting to emergencies and casualties quickly. The 100 mile range means that the i3 has plenty of power to deal with a day's duties - and with zero local emissions, it won't contribute to city pollution at all.

BMW has more than 50 years' experience in the field of emergency vehicle provision, so can offer a wide variety of police, fire and rescue equipment from the factory to meet individual requirements. Vehicles can be provided with appropriate roof bars, specialist signalling systems and speakers to warn other road users.

Thanks to a permanently installed SIM card, networking technology is on hand for use by emergency personnel. The ConnectedRescue system, based on BMW Connected Drive, offers the optional possibility transmitting information – including address, reason for assignment and contact person - directly to the car from a control centre. The data transmission can program the satellite navigation too, so manual input is no longer needed, eliminating input errors and keeping the driver's focus on the road at all times.

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