BMW i3 electric car review

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BMW i3 electric car review

The BMW i3 must be the eagerly awaited electric car the Nissan Leaf was introduced in

Like the Nissan, the i3 is a purpose-built electric car. Looking nothing else in the range, the avant-garde styling will grab the attention of other users as it travels along in writes Simon Harris.

A four-seater with a plug-in of up to 100 miles the i3 has been engineered trademark BMW characteristics it’s drive and has 50:50 front to weight distribution.

Include the plug-in car grant and the purchase is £25,680 for the base model. are three themed interiors basically function as equipment Loft is £1,000 more the standard car, Lodge is a premium over Loft, and another £500 step to the range-topping Suite.

All models come with satellite navigation, LED daytime lights, and 19-inch alloy (20-inch wheels are an option).

The motor produces 170hp and of torque, the latter being instantaneously and sufficient to propel the car 0-62mph in 7.2 seconds. Extensive use of aluminium and carbon fibre has also helped.

During my of the car, I found the ride was firm (but less expected) on the 20-inch wheels of the cars, and the i3 has the fun-to-drive characteristics expect in a compact BMW, the added appeal of travelling in

The gear selector is behind the wheel, and the interior is surprisingly for a vehicle that’s shorter a Mini Countryman.

As there is a amount of energy recuperation lifting off the accelerator, it replicates braking and speed reduces as as when applying the brakes This saves brake and the electric motor has fewer parts than an internal engine.

The i3 has a typical range of 80 to 100 miles between charges, using maximum acceleration reduce the available range. can also specify a range-extender that uses a 650cc engine to continue charging the after the plug-in charge is offering a potential 186 miles recharging or refueling, although the extender was not available to test on the event (but it is available launch).

BMW i also offers a smartphone that guides you via public options (or on foot) for the remainder of journey, assuming the destination for the i3 is the public charging point than your place of or the venue for your meeting.

BMW of ‘megacities’ as the places where the i3 best.

The i3 impresses as the best EV to date, with the idea of mobility firmly ingrained in all of its design. It might take a before the UK catches up with the needs, but if EVs work for a customer s the BMW is currently the best available.

There will be 47 sales for BMW i in the UK, many of which will be at corporate hub dealers. There be dedicated sales areas and staff, and these outlets also be qualified to carry out on high-voltage components as well as the of the car.

A further 100 outlets be able to carry out diagnostic and repair work, and there be two specialist centres for carbon repair. However, BMW will the cost of any transfer between And by 2015 the manufacturer is expecting all its to be capable of dealing with components.

BMW claims its trials with prototypes, including the Mini E and the ensures it comes to market for what customers need electric vehicles. More a quarter of a million miles driven in electric vehicle in the UK.

There will be a single or driver helpline to deal any query surrounding charging, and a where drivers would be to swap to a conventional vehicle for a that involved travelling distances.

BMW says SMR costs for the model are around 22% lower the 1-Series 118d, while the should be comparable to the 118d. and carbon fibre have used to help keep down, and the i3 tips the scales at than 1,200kg. However, BMW has been in consultation with and the ABI to ensure they understand how the car is to try to ensure insurance groups are no than necessary.

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