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The ultimate electric driving machine: Official launch of BMW’s futuristic super-mini that takes three hours to charge and reaches 93mph

BMW i3 ‘super-mini’ launched officially in London, New York and Beijing

Pictures of futuristic car leaked on the internet a week early

Vehicle will cost £25,680, with a £5,000 ‘green’ subsidy from Government

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BMW’s revolutionary new electric i3 car was unveiled to the world in Britain today, promising fun-filled green motoring at under 2p a mile.

The new futuristic-looking green city run-around, said to be one of the most important in the German company’s history, was revealed simultaneously in London, New York and Beijing.


BMW engineers said that a full battery charge from empty will cost about £2 and will take it up to 100 miles.

The fuel economy is equivalent to a conventionally-fuelled car doing around 425 miles to the gallon, they added, while a partially charged battery on an overnight charge will cost only 1.6p per mile.

Images of the full production-ready version of the electric super-mini leaked out early on the internet, sparking global interest.

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BMW’s revolutionary new electric i3 car was launched in London against a backdrop of The Shard

BMW’s engineers says the fuel economy of their new electric model is equivalent to a conventionally fuelled car doing around 425 miles to the gallon

But now the covers have officially come off the model that customers can buy or lease from showrooms. The event was streamed live on the internet at 1.15pm UK time.

First deliveries of the electric i3 will be in November priced from £25,680 — which includes a £5,000 taxpayer-funded ‘green’ subsidy courtesy of the UK Government.

BMW is also introducing a ‘range-extender’ version at £28,830, which features an additional 650cc two-cylinder petrol engine to maintain the battery charge and extend the range to between 160 miles and 186miles on one tank of fuel.

This version is aimed at people who suffer from ‘range-anxiety’ – a fear of being left stranded before reaching their destination — and has average emissions of just 13g/kilometre.

BMW’s global sales and marketing director Dr Ian Robertson said: ’The i3 has re-written the rule book. After 100 years of landlines the mobile telephone opened up so many opportunities and changed the face of the communications industry.

‘Electric vehicles will do the same for individual mobility. The car has been around for 130 years and today marks a change in the future of mobility. One thing the i3 will share with every other BMW is sheer driving pleasure.’

The car can be connected wirelessly to the driver’s smartphone so they can check the charge in the battery before and after a journey.

An interior view of the i3 at the London launch today. An app connected to a driver’s smartphone will let them know how much battery is left and send them in the direction of a charging point if needed

Leaked: Pictures of the BMW i3 have emerged on the internet ahead of its official launch

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As it is driven around, the i3 also keeps the driver in touch with traffic conditions, telling him or her where to park, find a charging point and even when the next train is leaving if you are heading out of town into the countryside.

A phone app will let drivers know at any time where they have parked their car – or guide them on foot to their final destination after they park up.

A ‘driving range assistant’ linked to the car’s sat-nav will look at the battery’s charge and work out whether the destination is too far for the vehicle to go.

If so, the assistant can suggest switching to a more economical driving mode or direct the driver to a public charging station.

It even takes account of traffic jams, uphill climbs, and stop-start conditions ‘to make allowances for the energy required.’

Innovation: The German company is hoping its new electric car will be a breakthrough for the industry

The new car’s clamshell doors open outwards to expose a futuristic interior, with hi-tech screens replacing many conventional dials

Also, to save energy, the electric motor switches from ‘drive’ to ‘generator mode once the driver takes his foot off the accelerator, feeding power into the lithium ion battery and helping the car ‘brake itself’.

BMW said: ’This recharging effect is speed sensitive which means the car ‘coasts’ with maximum efficiency at high speeds and generates strong braking effect at low speeds.’

It noted: ‘Thinking ahead in city traffic can allow the driver to carry out 75 per cent of braking manoeuvres without applying the brake pedal.’

The i3 is rear-wheel drive powered by a 168bhp electric motor, and weighs less than 1,200kg thanks to a lightweight but super-strong carbon fibre-reinforced plastic and aluminium construction.

It has a range of around 80 to 100 miles and can accelerate from rest to 62mph in just 7.2 seconds with a top speed of 93mph.

The battery can re-charge 80 per cent of its power within three hours.

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