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BMW s First True Electric Car Is

The former concept i3 has been real, and might be the most electric vehicle we’ve in years.

The BMW i3

BMW isn’t entirely new to vehicles, or EVs; the company has testing an electric Mini for awhile now, and we actually about the i3 two years back. it seemed like just a But now the i3 is officially seeing a release, and the first BMW that was designed the ground up to be an electric car. The are pretty obvious: it’s the EV out there, with one of the quickest times and excellent performance.

And it looks pretty weird, like an electric vehicle

The i3 is small, shaped like a but it’s got four doors, the classic Mini Cooper. The doors are suicide-style, with the at the rear of the car rather than the The motor is mounted in the back, an old VW Beetle, and there’s no transmission at all.

Who needs one? That the floor is completely flat, right down the middle, the transmission tunnel usually is.

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The BMW i3

BMW also took a big leap the materials, constructing the main from carbon-fiber-reinforced plastic. EVs are limited in power and have to lug lots of batteries, which are heavy, so it makes sense to the load elsewhere. This plastic is, according to BMW, as strong as steel or aluminum, but 50 lighter than the former and 30 lighter than the latter.

The interior materials too are sustainable, recycled plastic, sustainable and trim from a plant never heard of: the kenaf (Kenaf is a plant in the hibiscus that looks sort of bamboo and is used to make strong, super cheap material, sort of like But you can also process and then the pulp, which looks hardwood and doesn’t require the down of rare slow-growing trees.)


Under the hood, so to speak, got a 170hp engine delivering 184 of torque. The lithium-ion battery 22 kWh, which BMW says give you a range of about miles per charge. For comparison, the Volt’s all-electric range is 25-50 miles, though it that with gas, and the Leaf has tested anywhere about 60 to about 120 miles, the average is probably closer to 60. The i3 go from 0-60 in under 7 which is about average for an EV.

More important is the charging which BMW says is only hours over a 220-volt thanks to a charger that’s the of any EV on the road. Using a fast like the Combo. BMW says time can be shortened to 30 minutes.

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