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BMW i3 (2013) at Frankfurt motor

By Ollie Kew


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29 July 2013 13:30

The new BMW i3 the potential dream ticket of construction and zero tailpipe (not to mention a posh for £25k. It’s an electrically city car designed from the up to be as eco-friendly as possible, but still a drive.

The all-new city order books will this summer, with the i3 officially launching on 16 November. not just rethought small but also how they’re built, and to customers. Can the audacious plan

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BMW i3: what’s so special about it?

Or in fact – BMW is offering two different of the i3. One is a dedicated electric car, the a petrol-assisted i3 Range Extender. versions use a rear-mounted 15kg motor to drive the 19in wheels.

The e-motor develops and 184lb ft, and is juiced by a 230kg pack mounted under the floor in a reinforced aluminium for crash protection.

The difference the standard i3 and Range Extender is the i3 Extender’s engine, in the form of a two-cylinder petrol motor, for 34bhp and mounted above the axle. Instead of driving the itself it fires up to recharge the lifting the range from miles in the standard i3 to 160-186 for the Range Extender.

Both BMW i3s a top speed of 93mph, but the purely version is 0.7sec faster to (7.2sec plays 7.9sec) to its lower weight.

The BMW i3’s weight-saving obsession

around a bespoke carbonfibre fabricated in the US, the i3 weighs 1195kg – 80kg lighter than a proportioned Ford B-Max. weight-saving measures include aluminium suspension links (a 15% versus regular components), drive shafts (18%) and aluminium wheels are a massive 36% than normal 19s, part of that is due to their width. The rims are tall to the tiny 155-section tyre the grippy contact patch as a wheel, while reducing the area to cut drag.

Any other innovations?

The regenerative braking the battery when the driver off the throttle. It’s been to be aggressive at low speeds (activating the lights in some cases) and noticeable at high speeds for efficient coasting. That the i3 into a ‘one-pedal car’, barely any need to touch the (if you’re concentrating).

The different driving modes Eco Pro and Eco Pro Plus) help save more power – BMW claims a 15% improvement in the Eco settings.

Inside are four trim levels: is the basic spec, then ‘Loft’ and ‘Lodge’, and the top-spec All cabins get wood trim sustainably managed forests, and tanned leather. The central screen is commanded by a touch-sensitive controller, and there’s a chunky drive selector.

It looks appealing and crucially frees up on the lower tunnel to create of space.

Hang on, what the dreaded recharging hassle?

a standard household socket 8-10 hours, though shouldn’t be necessary too often. All i3s are with a fast-charge kit which it from zero to 80% charged three hours. The faster called BMW iWallbox, needs to be in an owners home by a qualified but the good news is the government in with a 75% grant (if you live in or Wales), bringing the cost to £315.

Want to charge in public? BMW across the minefield of different companies with one do-it-all network membership, accessed on a basis via a (you guessed it) card. Charging can be monitored via a smartphone app, which integrates with the sat-nav and in the i3.

How much does the i3 cost?

The i3 EV £25,680, and the i3 Range Extender £28,830. Both of those include the UK government’s £5000 car incentive subsidy, but BMW isn’t on those Nissan Leaf-worrying drawing in most customers. the monthly leasing rates are to be the big draw, with customers a contract length and usage almost like a mobile deal.

The basic i3 36-month agreement £369 pcm, while the i3 Range Extender in plush trim will set you back a month.

Only 47 UK BMW dealers been granted the right to i3s, but all will service and in the meantime Apple-aping BMW iStores open to provide bespoke service. There’ll also be a big towards online help: actually be able to spec, and purchase ‘your’ i3 on the web, and a delivery date for your Eco Machine to be dropped off at your

So it’s efficient and well-priced, but it’s a nightmare to build?

Not with trying to reinvent the car and how we buy and use it, also had a crack at sorting the polluting business of building All four BMW i component plants use regenerative energy, and consume a 50% less water and 70% less overall than a regular car The i3’s carbonfibre facility in USA runs on hydroelectric power, and the general assembly plant in where the cars are actually draws 100% of its power wind turbines.

Can the BMW i3 succeed where every mainstream EV has failed? Has BMW got the price and right? Sound off in the comments

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