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BMW i3: priced like a Volt, but more options

BMW i3 starts at and will be available next BMW i3’s optional range-extender gasoline to double its range, but the Chevy Volt it doesn’t the wheels directly.


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To that question—at least have to examine the key features of any vehicle aiming for city dollars: range, features, and cost.


Using its lithium-ion battery pack and rear-mounted motor, the rear-drive i3 is for about 80 to 100 all-electric miles, to BMW. Add in the 34-horsepower, 650-cc gasoline range extender and roughly doubles.

The i3’s setup is similar to that of the Volt. but unlike the Volt, the range-extending gasoline engine capable of driving the wheels even partially—it simply as an on-board generator, maintaining the charge.

Despite nearly the i3’s range, the gasoline extender has only a 2.4-gallon the BMW i3 gets about 33-42 mpg in mode. Adding the range system tacks another 330 on the BMW i3’s roughly 2,700-pound weight.

Without the range extender an optional add-on) the i3 is about on par the Nissan Leaf in terms of But despite the i3’s small BMW says its advanced construction and allow it to have the same space as a 3-Series .


In 3-Series-sized space, the i3 packs a lot of equipment. Much of it is electric-car including things like Energy Regeneration, which kinetic energy as stored in the battery, and lets the accelerator act as a brake. BMW says the behavior is like engine braking a manual-transmission combustion engined

Navigation is available, and in addition to you to your planned destination, it can your driving style and let you if your chosen route is too for the battery charge state, or if it require a charge before the trip.

Three trims will be but as this is an electric vehicle, a different word for that: The three Worlds are Mega, and Tera. Mega is standard in the and includes 19-inch forged with unique aspect-ratio tires for low rolling resistance; BMW BMW ConnectedDrive with eCall; BMW alarm system; 7.4-kW charger; LED headlights, daytime lights, and tail lights. The of the base Mega World i3 is in Sensatec and sustainable cloth from recycled materials.

A steering wheel is also

The Giga World i3 starts those same features and or substitutes unique 19-inch a leather-wrapped interior; and wool upholstery. A sunroof, satellite and contrast stitching area included with the Giga package. The Tera World i3 is the model, getting its own take on the wheel look, full-leather (the leather is tanned olive leaves), textile and anthracite floor mats.

available on all models include and Driving assist package and the assist package. Technology and assist includes wide-screen Professional with real-time and touch pad interface, Bluetooth BMW Apps, and a wealth of traffic-related services. BMW ConnectedDrive, Forward Warning, Pedestrian Protection, and Collision Mitigation are also in the Technology and Driving assist

The Parking assist package the Park Assistant self-parking plus a rear-view camera and Auto Park Distance

BMW’s complete list of and options for the i3 will be released fall.


The BMW i3’s limited top speed is 93 mph, fast for freeway service. It also get to that reasonable top with quickness, accelerating to 30 mph in 3.5 and 60 mph in about 7.2 seconds, according to

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The 170-horsepower electric motor the rear wheels, which with BMW’s understanding of and handling, should help the i3 be a interesting drive than its (and often frumpy) BMW says the i3’s weight is nearly 50-50 front-to-rear,

While zipping around the 2,700-pound i3 should also easy to maneuver, with a radius of just 32.3

The BMW i3 manages its low weight and unique through the use of CFRP—carbon fiber plastic. The material uses of the scrap carbon fiber over from BMW’s manufacturing efforts to deliver the of steel at half the weight; about 30 percent lighter an equivalent aluminum structure. should also result in a secure passenger safety

Three driving modes Eco Pro, and Eco Pro+) allow the to tune the car’s responses to intended trip and style, the lack of a sport mode the 184 pound-feet of torque on tap hints the five-link suspension and 50-50 distribution might be more marketing than side-street

Once you’re out of charge, it take about 3 hours the included 220-volt, 32-amp An optional SAE DC Combo Fast is available, delivering up to 80 percent of a charge in just 20 minutes, and a charge in 30 minutes.

Inside the BMW has taken advantage of the absence of a tunnel to lower the floor and slide-through seating, opening up the of exiting the car from the passenger in city parking.


The BMW i3 will start $41,350 plus $925 in fees for a total of $42,275 it hits the market in the second of 2014. That’s before or consideration of any potential state and incentives.

That makes it more expensive than the Nissan Leaf, but the i3 also the range extender option and a higher grade of luxury and The Chevy Volt’s 38-mile range and standard range-extended will run about $39,995—very to the i3’s, with less range and no choice of an electric-only

In other words, the BMW i3 is planted in the middle of the existing major-manufacturer and range-extended electric offerings, but a unique feature set and premium

That makes it one very vehicle, and one that just re-set the benchmark for efficient, and luxurious city motoring. Now we have to get our hands on one.

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