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BMW: Here’s Why Our New Electric Car Is Than Tesla’s


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CEO of BMW North Ludwig Willisch with Paula Patton and the BMW i3.

In an August conference call, Tesla CEO Elon Musk was asked for his thoughts on BMW’s new all-electric the i3. Musk broke out laughing.

He pulled it together enough to I’m glad to see that BMW is an electric car to market. That’s There’s room to improve on the i3 and I that they do.

Well, BMW has an and it’s better argued Musk’s point.

In an interview at the 2014 Detroit Show. President and CEO of BMW North Ludwig Willisch explained to Insider why the i3 is the ultimate driving among the EVs.

The Production

When we asked Willisch how the i3 to the Model S, he started off by explaining how BMW its little electric ride. You to look at the whole concept, he

We start off by producing carbon in Moses Lake, Washington, hydropower. Then we use fully materials to build the car. We the car with wind power.

So the whole production cycle is sustainable.

Meanwhile, he said, build electric cars the way, he said, adding,  you to look at the carbon footprint of the thing. I would dare say nobody’s at this point in where we are, as far as the whole process is concerned.  (We got Willisch to Tesla by name only

Tesla has never talked about cutting emissions in the process. In a 2010 blog VP of Manufacturing Gilbert Passin that Tesla uses paint instead of traditional paints, to substantially reduce emissions without compromising on

We reached out to Tesla spokespeople for but got no reply.

Drive Quality

The i3 hold its own on the road, too, a price tag well below of the Model S. Willisch said. a body made of carbon reinforced plastic, the i3 weighs in 3,000 pounds. The Model S the scale at just over — that’s a lot for a sedan.

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Less means you get more out of each What you feel is a normal of a car, yet you have the instant that an electric motor give you, including the torque, Willisch said. really great fun.

Here, Tesla can defend The Model S is an absolute blast to and you don’t notice the extra when you hit the accelerator. It deservedly won Trend’s Car of the Year award in and Consumer Reports gave it its score ever .

We haven’t the i3, but the reviews have been Car and Driver wrote. Other a shifter that seems to enrage, though, it’s to find fault with the i3.

and thoughtful, the i3 only strays BMW’s core values in its design.


Then there’s the of cost. The i3 starts at $35,325. a $7,500 federal tax credit. The Model S comes in at $63,570. The can go farther on a full battery the BMW (208 miles vs.

80-100 But BMW is marketing the i3 more as a city so that range will do fine. Plus, you can take the you save and buy a 3 Series for those trips.

We’ll withhold judgement until we drive the i3, but credit to Willisch/BMW for presenting a argument, instead of just

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