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Everything You Need to Know About BMW s New i3 Electric Car

Published on December 10, 2013 by Jenna Brown

It s the time of year when everyone is talking about the upcoming 2014 car models, and BMW s new i3 electric car is at the forefront of the conversations. Brad Berman test-drove the BMW i3 for us last week. His verdict? Well, in his own words:

Unquestionably, the way the i3 drives—with its strong regen braking and one-pedal driving—sets it apart from every car on the market (except for the Tesla Model S).

Berman s opinion is supported by other sources, including GreenCarReports John . who agrees that BMW has created what may be the world’s best electric city car, but that the tiny i3 is in no way a competitor to the Tesla.

What do you need to know about this new entrant into the world of electric cars? Here are the key points:


1. The i3 is small.

When described the i3 as a city car, he meant it; this car is designed to get you to and from work, or to show off as you do your weekend errands. It is not designed for transporting items larger than a bag of groceries, nor is it designed for road tripping or packing up the kids to take to Grandma s. (Arguably, with the i3 s much-maligned … doors, you shouldn t even let kids in the car at all.)

If you only ever plan to take yourself and a significant other around town, the i3 is a stylish, eco-friendly choice. Its gorgeous design will definitely attract stares, especially when you open the uniquely-designed back doors.

2. About those doors

The i3 s coach doors are eating up a large part of the conversation around BMW s new car, meaning that fewer people are talking about its incredible road handling skills or the fact that it is the first car, by any manufacturer, to include a range-extending engine.

3. The issue of parts.

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The coach doors aren t the only components unique to this specific BMW. The range-extending engine, which is technically a 650 cc, two-cylinder BMW motorcycle engine. is another feature specific to this particular BMW.

Everything about this BMW, from its snub bumper to its wood-panel interior, is designed to be unique. If you re hoping to get your own i3, start searching for online sources of BMW Parts  right now. Once the i3 gets on the road, you ll want to have quick access to a reputable parts supplier in case of an emergency.

4. The single pedal.

The BMW i3, like other electric cars in its class, offers regenerative breaking and unlike other cars in its class, is designed for the car to come to a complete stop on the regen braking alone. This means that you re driving on one pedal only, which may inhibit new drivers from taking the i3 out for a spin. However, the BMW s regen braking system is already getting rave reviews, and test drivers report that it only takes a short period of time to master the single pedal system.

5. The price.

If you re considering getting the newest BMW electric car, price probably isn t your primary concern. However, look for starting prices around $42,000. You re likely to pick up a government incentive for buying your Beemer, so add that into your total price calculation before you make your decision.

This guest post was written by supporting contributor Jenna.

BMW i3 � Electric Car 127kW Auto
BMW i3 � Electric Car 127kW Auto
BMW i3 � Electric Car 127kW Auto
BMW i3 � Electric Car 127kW Auto

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