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BMW’s i3 electric has power and but stalls on price

The new i3 hatchback is with innovations, not least its fibre body, but its optional extender breaks the silence

published: Wed, Feb 5, 2014,

Apple is reportedly at a crossroads the next iPhone and proposed The tech giant’s dreams are tethered to reality by battery

Over in the motoring world, engineers are merging smartphone into dashboards, a similar exists under the bonnet.

Replacing the combustion engine is far more cumbersome than thought. Mainstream manufacturers are on-stream with electric but most are hobbled with range and punitive pricing.

cars represent a definite in motoring, but the early incarnations on our are not the finished article. Any car that just 100km before you to park it up for a few hours to recharge it is more than a very gadget.

While there are promises of with ranges of 400km-plus in the generation of electric cars, the world needs a quick fix to them viable today. the addition of a range-extender, a little that works exactly a generator to recharge the battery it runs out. Range are the missing link between cars and real-life motoring for potential buyers.

And so we come to the BMW i3. It’s a premium available as an electric-only car, but for a €4,530 you can add a two-cylinder petrol fitted as a generator to extend the between charges or refuels to 300km. Admittedly, it’s an estimate of range, but the principle is

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My first few days in the i3 were The thrill for car fans is the incredible and acceleration, all in eerie silence. the i3 the take-off never fails to

An official 0-100km/h time of 7.9 doesn’t do justice to the way it throws you into your seat the you floor the throttle. It’s but it quickly drains the battery.


Having pottered town (admittedly accelerating from the lights at every and clocked up nearly 70km, the finally ran out of power. On the way home was a sudden racket from the car. It sounded like we being pursued by an angry machine. Had I ran over a pizza guy on his scooter? A quick inspection the source of the “put-put” noise.

It was in fact the little generator. For all the features in the i3, BMW really could done more to mute the

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