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Q U I C K T A K E : T H E 2 0 2 3 B M W i X A N D B M W i7
■ The i7 driver's area is a technological showcase.
■ The i7 has a presence that is both regal and perhaps polarizing at the
same time.
infrastructure, expanding the
power grid to support the charging
of electric vehicles, or how to
handle the eventual disposal of
these vehicles. There is a growing
fear by the automotive industry that
it will take just one " Hindenburg
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like " incident following a vehicle
collision that will scare the market
away from such products.
Change is hard. And it's fitting
that both the i7 and the iX
were photographed with an F-16
Fighting Falcon in the background.
The F-16 was the first fighter to
use a " fly-by-wire " control system.
Unlike conventional controls, it
didn't have any direct mechanical
connection between the stick and
the control surfaces. The F-16
instead used electronic sensors
to read the pilot's stick inputs
and then transmitted that-
with computer interpretation-to
hydraulic actuators that moved the
control surfaces appropriately.
While the intent was to design a
" fault tolerant " control system, the
aerodynamically unstable design
of the fighter required its development
and use.
While proven to be an engineering
success, initially pilots
did NOT like it because the " stick "
didn't move. So the engineers
redesigned the " stick " to provide
some movement.
So, the jury is still out as to
whether EVs will be a niche or
volume market. However, owning
one will continue to be a personal
choice. If you live in an area and
have a lifestyle where driving an
electric vehicle is practical, then do
it - let the politicians and environmentalists
squirm as they are
forced to figure out how to expand
the power grid without increasing
our carbon footprint.
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