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Paul Gover tests and reviews the BMW i3 electric car at its preview drive.

A plastic car is just about the last you d expect from the company builds the stonking M3. the X5 family and the luxury 7 Series. It sounds more like a kiddie s toy a breakthrough new BMW that is heading the road to the future. But the i3 is not just a

It s a new take on 21st century from its body design to the power pack and the way it s built, and is impressive. The i3 is roomy, classy, fun, and almost certain to go the history books as a landmark

The new-age electric car has a 200-kilometre that grows to 300 if a buyer a tiny motorcycle engine for top-up charging and pioneers a new process that could see of body designs sitting on the rolling battery pack.

spending time with the dinosaur called the Mercedes-Benz — one of today s glorious predators — my first in the i3 is like discovering the first on the evolutionary road. So the S is brilliantly but the i3 is futuristically promising.

I ve got less than 10 kilometres and hours to dip into the i3, at the first preview drive in Munich, but it s For now. The big questions will for home-ground use from the middle of where things like the of plug-in coal power and the range on Australian roads be answered.

Next year is when we will know the pricing, the support system which sets a new standard in — and the ongoing warranty and costs. For now, BMW Australia admits the i3 will cost than $50,000 and less $70,000 and that it s doing its on a dealer network that sit inside but outside its regular


The dealership differentiation is the i3 is not just a car. Apart the landmark construction process, its carbon fibre-reinforced plastic is bonded to a skateboard-style mechanical like a life-sized Airfix the i3 is the start of a new BMW Group sub-brand s been created in a similar to Mini. It will be closely by the i8 super coupe and other newcomers.

In Europe, the i line means from cheap energy to special home charging and a satnav system that s all finding the next plug-in and plotting routes that get range from the lithium-ion pack under the floor.

is playing an active role in the face of urban mobility. We another step closer to the head of planning for Project i, Dr Arlt, tells Carsguide, at a former World War II airfield.

development work has spawned a car differs significantly from the automotive industry norm in ways. We haven t reinvented the but we have totally re-defined the on which it is created.”

There is to see, touch and hear the i3, but this time it s all about The technology can wait. There are i3s ready to go, with only a strip of silly camouflage on the but big cloth patches covering the detail.

Each is fully for driving on a course that s out to put the emphasis on acceleration, braking and

So I jump onboard, stepping the wide plastic door and through clamshell doors give great access to the seat, and slide in behind the Reassuringly, there are still two on the floor, the wheel is nothing and — when I pull the covers for a sneak peek there are two big TFT screens to handle the and infotainment.

There is no key, a press button, and once the lights up I flick a small into D and off we go. Select R and it spins the engine, which turns the wheels, the opposite way in the single-speed

There is instant and eager to the accelerator and I can easily believe BMW s of a 7.2-second sprint to 100km/h which compares brilliantly to the for a Nissan Leaf. There is no for braking at first, thanks to a regenerative system to top the battery, as a ease on the accelerator has it slowing for the first slalom.

The i3 responds to the wheel and is well balanced too much roll, but the tyres just 155x19s in the interest of low resistance — start to hum and squeal long before the reaches its limit.

There are three driving — Comfort, EcoPro and — but the difference is about although extracting maximum does dull the response to the There is a predictable whirring from the electric motor in the and a slight wibber-wibber-wibber harmonic at which is apparently an aberration will be removed before production.

So I head back to a of workshops in an aircraft bunker fill in the detail. BMW claims the i3 is the s first premium electric car and is on lifting any barrier that a showroom shopper to say “No not for me” to a plug-in electric

There are already other electric cars including the Leaf and Renault Zoe. but not the Mitsubishi iMiEV. and the range-extender Volt is also leading on the to electrification of motoring. But they are just converted petrol not a ground-up electric deal s already been tested converted 1-Series ActiveE that have covered development kilometres.

I ve tried the and found it great, if overweight, the Leaf is nice for a while and the is good for long trips but cramped in the back and boot. The Zoe be better but not an i3.

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What the BMW different is a rear-wheel drive lightweight construction that it weighs just 1195 and a no-compromise approach that means the plug-in port is in the corner of the car — where you normally find a petrol — because it cuts the of cable needed to feed the

Engineers have cleverly the 125 kiloWatt electric engine at one of the multi-link rear suspension, a balancing void on the other that can be occupied by the range-extender Moving to create comforts, BMW has the wood in the cabin unvarnished for a natural look, there are door trims, and the lights are LEDs.

In the past, BMW has rushed new to the road before it was really — I can still recall the iDrive disaster — but the is taking no chances with the division. It s promising 30-minute charges, affordable eight-hour at home, an extended battery package, and has even created a of new buzzwords — like

The full production version of the i3 be unveiled at the Frankfurt Motor in September, when we re also firmer news on pricing and the network for Australia. But, now, the i3 looks impressive and for success.

Price: estimate

Engine: 125kW/250Nm hybrid electric motor

Battery: 360 lithium-ion

Charging time: fast charge, 8 hours at socket

Drive: single-speed, drive

Suspension: front struts, rear multi

Tyres: 155×19

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