AutonetMagz – Several days ago, BMW Indonesia invite us to attend in a workshop called as BMW Group Technology Workshop 2017, and surely it focusing on what technology obtained by BMW recently. There are 3 session, where each session represents every brand under BMW Group Indonesia, BMW, BMW i and MINI.
In the BMW i who was the most curious session, we will face the BMW i8 and get to know it more. A lot of things that we didn’t know, such as how BMW avoid industrial chemical in its manufacturing process of the leather upholstery, and prefer to use Olive oil who more environmental friendly.
Indeed the amount of Olive oil needed for this treatment will be a lot, but again it is more friendly than an industrial chemical. The next one is how we treat the BMW i8 when recharging it using our home electric socket, as basically it similar like your phone, as you better not let the battery to be drained, or just wait for at least half or 30% capacity to recharged it.
So do you shouldn’t plug off the charger when the battery wasn’t full yet, as if you use BMW i Wallbox, the port charger will be locked to the car, and could be opened if the indicator shows Green color, which means fully charged, as the blinking blue color means that the charging process are running, while white means the charging port are ready to be plugged in, as if yellow, it means it initialize the charging process.
But if the light shows red, then you should be worry a little bit, as it means the recharging got a problem, not happening or not running well. If the lights shows blue without blinking, it means that the charging time has been set. Despite there are a quick charging facility, BMW didn’t recommend to do it except for emergency usage, as fast charging could shorten the battery lifetime, despite the warranty lasted for 8 years.
Continue to the MINI, with the MINI Cooper S Cabrio as the demo, in here it emphasize more on how the electric mechanism of MINI could make the roof folding more quicker, more silent and smoother compared to the previous Hydraulic system. Besides that, there will be a safety roll bar who will instantly deployed if the car turn upside down in an angle more than 80 degrees from the B-Pillar to ensure the safety for the passengers.
Returning to BMW, in here, the BMW 740Li become the main focus, with its Carbon Core technology, air gesture, grille with automatic flaps, and WLAN control from the Samsung android tablet to the car. As we have tried this car before, we focus more on the BMW tablet demonstration with QR code scanning to run the virtual technology.
“BMW Group always emphasize on the importance of an innovation in bringing and developing their line-ups. That is why activities such as BMW Group Technology Workshop 2017 is a means for us to provide information around innovation and latest technology from BMW Group to the society, especially for them who embrace new innovation in their daily lives,” said Jodie O’tania as the Vice President Corporate Communication BMW Group Indonesia.