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If you were playing bingo at the launch of the BMW i3. then would probably be the winning so keen was BMW to tell us exactly who be buying the new BMW i3.

It’s a term makes us think of Judge throwing us into a vision of the It’s fitting then, we’re talking about new electric vehicle, its first in what will be a line of mobility solutions.

In the flesh the BMW i3 is an designed car. Under the is perhaps the most significant a carbonfibre-reinforced plastic (CFRP) cell that makes up the of the car, fused with chassis components. BMW says it is to be producing carbonfibre reinforced on an industrial scale as its lightweight of the future.

The BMW i3 weighs 1195kg as a shedding weight to reduce demands and make sure you’re not spending that battery power on hauling an beast up those hills.

But from the exterior the BMW i3 has a distinctive It has a high ride height makes it look more a pumped-up hatch or baby The advantage that brings for the is better visibility as you’re around town/megacity, which is what this car is designed to do.

a slightly odd beast. From the there’s a flash of Land Evoke in the rear quarter, a drop in the bodyline to give the passengers a slightly bigger and from the front, the pronounced bumper seems to lift and the distinctive BMW kidney grille a

From some angles it futuristic, modern and exciting; we’ll blink and be reminded of the Multipla. But we do think it’s by the two-tone finish, the striking of orange and black will turn heads as it silently down those megacity

Large 19-inch wheels add to those SUV looks, but the tyres are skinny, 155mm wide for the model, slightly wider at the if you opt for the range extended model. some angles it perhaps a little more like a than it intends to, thanks to skinny tyres.

But many of those mixed melt away when you up the large front doors, and open the rearward-opening coach back doors. There’s no pillar, so it’s surprisingly The height makes it easy to sit and although the front seats fold forward to give access, we found we didn’t to do so, we could just sit straight the back.

They’re impressively and finished in soft BMW leather. The of that dropped door is evident, so you don’t feel so walled in. But there’s more than there appears to be at glance from the outside.

We saw European motoring journalists sitting inside and chatting so this really is a car that carry four adults.

into the front and it’s comfortable and finished with the of quality you would expect. we’re not entirely sold on the of wood, leather and wool that BMW has chosen — seemed to be a lot going on in the interior of those front doors but there’s no doubting the quality.

The interior has been designed to be which is where the BMW i3 really It starts with the lack of door pillar, extends to the of transmission tunnel and finishes a dashboard that appears to The steering column then out towards the driver, the only in the lounge that is the interior.

The helps to bring that vision to reality again. Big are gone, the drive mode moved instead on to the steering It’s a bit of a lump, but it’s out of the The driver also isn’t with a collection of dials, there’s a display for the driver and a central display.

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Neither powered-up while we were in the so we can’t really judge how the between driver information, and entertainment will play

We do know that the BMW i3 will be a connected car and not just to the mains. had a good look at the BMW ConnectedDrive app for BMW i, we know you’ll be able to the status of your car from phone, as well as set timers for the cost-effective off-peak charging, run the control before you get in, and have that doesn’t start and at the car, but extends to your on foot, or via public transport

We’re yet to get the BMW i3 out on the road, so we don’t how this electric car will in the real world. BMW tells us the driving experience is hugely and hasn’t been sacrificed and a key point, because at £25k asking people to step from their BMW X1 or BMW 3 series, and pay more than they for a Nissan Leaf.

But the BMW i3 is about a approach to motoring. With a of around 80-90 miles and a time of about 8 hours, the BMW i3 is pitched towards those short journeys in cities. many electric vehicles, designed as a zero emission to the SUV you’re using to run the kids to or for your daily commute.

If that distance sounds it is just too short, there’s a extender version too, adds an engine back the mix. The 650cc engine, a 9-litre petrol tank, is to generate electrical energy, doubling the range. It sits the electric motor and, you don’t lose any boot if you opt for it — but it will cost a few more when you buy the car.

The BMW i3 is an step forward for electric It’s practical and it’s and pitched at those who can probably to make the switch away a conventional car. It’s from one of the top automotive marques and BMW today that it’s about EVs, it’s heavily in sustainable solutions and energy to make the BMW i programme as as possible.

The BMW i3 brings welcome attention to the of electric vehicles, but the barriers the same. The range and the refuelling will still define how you can use type of vehicle. Narrowing the to megacity dwellers removes barrier to an extent, but once you set the arguments to one side, you can still buy a lot of car for this sort of money.

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