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Our friends at Popular Mechanics
have announced the winners of their 2013 Breakthrough Awards, which honor innovations and new technologies in a variety of fields, ranging from medicine to electronics to space travel. Among the winners were a pair of automakers.
The BMW i3
was named one of PM's product breakthroughs, and while the diminutive city car has a range comparable to other electrics, Popular Mechanics
was impressed the i3's use of carbon-fiber-reinforced plastic, which allows the i3 to tip the scales at just 2,800 pounds. But the i3's space-age materials wouldn't have been such a smash if it were priced beyond what the general public could afford. BMW's ability to offer a vehicle with such an advanced construction for around $42,000 (nearly half the price
of the Cadillac ELR
and only about $7,000 more than a Chevrolet Volt
or Ford Focus Electric
) is wildly impressive and speaks volumes about the future of ultra-light composites in the auto industry.
The other big winner comes from General Motors
, which was named an Innovator this year for its semi-autonomous Super Cruise
technology that's currently being tested on a Cadillac SRX
. The technology, which we've reported on before
, combines adaptive cruise control and lane centering into a super system that will allow hands-free driving under certain conditions.
For more on BMW and GM's awards, along with the entire list of winners, hop over to Popular Mechanics
.Popular Mechanics Breakthrough Awards honors GM Super Cruise, BMW i3
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