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LOS ANGELES — BMW finally is set to put its i3 battery car into U.S. offering a truly peculiar for an electric car — a gas engine.

The showed off the car today at the Los Angeles Show; on Tuesday it hosted a for journalists, who took the i3s from Del Rey on the shore to the downtown L.A. of the show.

Base price is including $925 destination and any tax credits. For $3,850 more you can a 650 cc, two-cylinder BMW motorcycle engine as a so-called range extender.

It fires up and runs a generator the battery pack gets Not new. That’s how the Chevrolet works.

But offering it as a stand-alone is unique. Volt and other electrics have the auxiliary power built in, period. part of the basic design.

BMW the gas engine never drives the it only runs a generator to the battery pack from discharging.


BMW thinks most will buy the i3 as a pure electric it goes on sale next on the east side of the U.S. and May in the That setup, BMW says, have a range of 80 to 100 miles.

But for those with serious anxiety the range-extender option doubles how far you can go before the car needs of some kind. A 2.4-gallon tank feeds the motorcycle and a fresh charge — hours using a 240-volt to fill a completely drained pack — tops off the

The i3 comes in three trim — or worlds in i-lingo: is Mega. Mid-level is Giga. models, like all those in the fleet here, are called

Tera interior uses on seats, active wool and on door panels. BMWs kenaf as a cotton-based, hemp-like In the test cars, it had the look of worn felt or packing

Active wool is blend of wool and recycled plastic bottles. Eucalyptus wood is for some dashboard surfaces.

BMW the i3 weighs a little more 2,700 pounds, making it the car the company has sold in the U.S. the 1991 3-series.

BMW i3 � Electric Car 127kW with Range Extender Auto

The trim gives the car strong acceleration standstill to 60 mph in 7.2 seconds — the electric motor’s modest 170 184 pounds-feet of torque.

The exterior is thermoplastic. similar to Motors discontinued Saturn The panels will deform if hit something, then spring into shape — at low anyway.

Underneath is a carbon-fiber plastic skeleton. That’s why the car weighs as little as it does. fiber — used in from race cars to rods — is strong being heavy.

Rear on the four-door, four-passenger car are hinged at the so open toward the back in a suicide-door pattern.

When the and rear doors both are there’s no middle pillar so easier to maneuver into and out of the But rear riders need passengers to open their before the back doors can be

Keeps the kids in place you’re ready to help out. But could be annoying to passengers impatient to get out and get on with

Three driving modes are Comfort is the normal setting. changes the throttle and other and should boost range says Jose Guerrero, in of BMW i-series products.

EcoPro-plus back throttle response more, tries to keep turned off to save the battery and boost range another he says.

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BMW i3 � Electric Car 127kW with Range Extender Auto
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BMW i3 � Electric Car 127kW with Range Extender Auto
BMW i3 � Electric Car 127kW with Range Extender Auto
BMW i3 � Electric Car 127kW with Range Extender Auto
BMW i3 � Electric Car 127kW with Range Extender Auto
BMW i3 � Electric Car 127kW with Range Extender Auto

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