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ULTIMATE ELECTRIC driving machine? Yes it’s the BMW i3 ecar • The Register

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First People can sometimes behave sheep. They will go do something or buy a certain product because other people are so or because they recognise the Call it consumer herd

It’s one reason why the Toyota sells so well in the States.

in Blighty, we’ve seen everyday electric cars Renault, with the Zoe. and the Leaf. but to be honest neither is really strong enough, in the UK at to flog ‘leccy motors by dint of brand association.

But now BMW has the electric vehicle party, and a brand that most is strong enough. The new BMW i3 will in punters simply because it has a logo and kidney grille on its But is that the only reason to it?

Even a cursory glance is to see that BMW has opted for a radical Compare that to the Zoe, shape follows Renault’s styling language and looks similar to the new Clio, though to my the Zoe is the prettier car. Pretty the i3 is but it is a bold and brave design grows on you, especially up and in the metal.

Well, in the aluminium, carbon and plastic, to be precise.

No question a Beemer

The i3 is not built like any Beemer, but I’ll spare you of a production cycle that to use only renewable energy and to the engineering.

The base of the vehicle is entirely of aluminium and contains the pack in the floorpan as per the Zoe. The in question is a 19kWh lithium-ion made up of eight modules, having 12 cells. This can be from a standard domestic 13A or from a 32A 7.4kW wall The i3 will also accept a from a 50kW DC fast-charger.

The battery comes with an 100,000 mile warranty as

According to BMW, you can charge an i3 in eight and ten hours from a socket, or in three hours a 7.4kW wall box. a DC charger, you’ll have to 30 minutes to one hour. In the day I spent the i3, I couldn’t quantify any of that so have to wait until El Reg one for a week-long test next for some real-world numbers.


Appealing rear?

On top of the aluminium module sits the carbon “live module” to which is the plastic body panels. BMW the i3 is one of the safest cars of its size, I resisted the temptation to drive it a tree to find out. The thing about the construction is how it is.

The battery-only or BEV i3 – I’ll come to the REX version in a moment – weighs compared to the Zoe’s 1,468kg. The battery accounts for 230kg of the

Less weight means a car can go further and faster. In everyday the i3 will cover between 80 and 100 on a charge, claims BMW. it into Eco Pro mode, which back the power and acceleration, and you can add 15 per to that figure.

Opt for Eco Plus Pro, which the top speed to about 55mph, from the usual 94mph, and you can add yet 15 per cent. From my limited in the car I’d say those projections are reasonably but again, they are just for now.

The i3 gets a lot of glances

If ranges don’t blow socks off, you can cough up £3,000 and get a REX i3 with a range-extender This takes the form of a two-cylinder petrol engine in the back of the car along with a fuel tank.

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