BMW i3 AskMen

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Does BMW’s Electric Car Up To Its Driving Heritage?

Press the button and silence, of course. A film plays out on the crisp, display rising from the dash, the gauge cluster alive, and you know you’re to go.

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Under the shadow of massive Convention Center dozens of automobiles made worldwide debuts in the vast 20 of floorspace at the Los Angeles Auto another vehicle made its introduction to American consumers in November. In an empty lot outside, BMW a gleaming white studio to their latest creation the world: the zero-emission i3 electric With a virtual fleet of colored copper and slate the Bavarians were clearly on letting real-world people their car into the real

Although available as a purely EV in its base form, the i3 can also be with a range-extending, petroleum-burning two-cylinder motorcycle engine, so it’s truly zero-emission is on which version you purchase. Bimmer is doing everything to its little inner-city commuter as many green credentials as such as crafting their EV out of 95% parts, and naturally tanning the with olive oil (as opposed to techniques). The dashboard and door are made of eco-friendly cotton-based

Where leather is not used etc), BMW utilizes other cloths and “Active” wool a made from virgin and recycled plastic bottles.

The marked aspect of the interior is its starkness. It is clean, minimal and with an overriding monochromatic The most dramatic flourish a swooping eucalyptus dash looks more like a Le entertainment center than an component. Strangely, the recycled wool that lines the panels and dash would indefensibly raw in another car, yet for reason it works here. it EV cred.

For such a small greenhouse, the is tremendous instead of instilling with a sense of claustrophobia, BMW have done a remarkable job of the i3 feel airy and open, a NASA space helmet. Its raked windshield, door that reach far into the A and T-top-style sunroof work in to offer an aquarium-like feel.

The car throughout from BMW’s on a clean sheet design for new i-line of EVs, eschewing the approach they experimented on lost) with their 1 -based ActiveE and Cooper-based E plug-in electrics. This allowed the Germans to engineer a unique frame consisting of an battery case/chassis with an passenger cell made of carbon fiber-reinforced plastic It is incredibly lightweight a huge in the car measuring only 2,630 or 800 less than its Nissan and Chevy Volt nemeses. But it is stiff enough to exorcise the the lack of which allows the doors to be reverse-hinged.

The heaviest bits (battery and motor) ride as low as possible, the i3 a low center of gravity despite its 62-inch height.

Defying its dimensions, the amount of legroom in the is deceptively generous. Combine the of a center tunnel (due to the of a transmission), with its smart doors, and you have a car with easy entry and egress; passengers won’t be hating Would you want to be confined on a long interstate journey? No, but my 6′ frame sat in the back someone of average height in the seat, I was still content to a ride. I wouldn’t exactly it a “living room,” as some BMW enthused, but it’s certainly

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As will be underscored in upcoming cars engineered from the up to handle the unique challenges of the powertrain (small size, lightweight, battery and motor etc.) will further themselves from the reverse-engineered

Once you’re done the details (or lack thereof) of the interior, you’ll be eager to get the i3 Press the starter button and of course. A quick film out on the crisp, bright display from the eucalyptus dash, the cluster comes alive, and you you’re ready to go.

Engage the shifter: a thumb-activated coming out of the right-hand side of the wheel column. Notch it up to and go forward; pull it down “R” and go in reverse which is a considering the crystal-clear definition of the camera and screen.

Bring it out on the and the i3 feels surprisingly solid and Almost too nimble, even. its small wheelbase, a quick of the wheel could have you two over in a blink.

If you panic, could be problematic with an driver. The rear-wheel drive instant 184 pound-feet of torque to the and quick steering provide a entertaining ride than cars of its size. I’ve argued that electric can be a powertrain to internal combustion when executed correctly, and the i3 is proof of this.

Although it lacks the thrusting and pizzazz of Tesla’s Model S, still a superb sub-compact dweller, offering much dynamism than tragically internal-combustion street gnats the Yarises and Fits of the world.

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