BMW i3 Is It Worth The Wait? Green Car News And Reviews

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BMW i3 Is It Worth The Wait?

As the cost of gas in rises to over €1.60 per ($8.00 per US gallon) it is no surprise BMW and other European manufacturers are up to manufacture electric cars.  gas prices aren’t nearly as in the United States as in Germany (or in general) electric car sales are increasing in the US.

The latest electric (EV) sales figures the Electric Drive Transportation (EDTA) show that electrics outsold plug-in for the first time  in the six month ending this past

Its true, there are more EVs to from and they tend to be The Nissan Leaf and the Mitsubishi are, in most cases, than $10,000 cheaper their plug-in competition.  you add into that equation the limited range of most EVs  when on battery (the Prius Plug-in is rated for 11 miles by the EPA) don’t make sense for consumers.

  The real choice is between a hybrid and an EV, not a plug-in hybrid and an EV.

these factors in mind BMW is its first electric car, the i3, to the market in early 2014.  the i3 will compete with the Focus electric and the top of the line Leaf SV.  So the question is, how does the I3 compete?

  And, at $41,350 is the i3 worth waiting

The most noticeable thing the i3 is its appearance.  I suspect it will be one of cars you love or you hate.  I some pictures of the i3 to my wife, she it reminded her of a Pontiac Aztec (a bad if you ask me).  However the interior is and in my opinion attractive.  (I ve included a gallery of interior and exterior at the end of this article)

The other thing you’ll notice is the i3 is small.  Really Take a Chevy Sonic and shorten it by two inches and you have an At least the i3 is taller than the (by 2.2 inches).

  Of course I imagine BMW rather you compare the i3 to a MINI but even then the i3 comes up short, this time by over 4 inches.

One of the many features of the i3 is its construction.  The i3 features a compartment made with fiber reinforced plastic — a in high-volume car production.  According to BMW the fiber is almost as strong as but half the weight.

  The i3 s frame is made out of light-weight which combined with the fiber passenger compartment, the curb weight down reducing passenger safety.

BMW to offer the i3 in three different but apparently the word “style” is too for BMW so they refer to them as The three worlds are Mega, and Tera. The Mega world is to be the standard version for the U.S.

It 19-inch forged wheels 155/70 tires for low rolling BMW Navigation, BMW ConnectedDrive with BMW iRemote alarm system, a on-board charger, LED headlights, and running lights. The interior of the World is upholstered in cloth from recycled materials. A steering wheel is also

i3 Giga world interior

The expensive Giga World has 19-inch wheels but the styling is The Giga World features a interior and wool cloth Included with the Giga is a sunroof and satellite radio.

of all is the Tera World.  It is the most version of the i3.  The Tera includes full-leather interior with olive leaves), accents, and anthracite floor

  Like all i3‘s, the Tera is a very environmentally conscious

Packages available on all i3 models the Technology and Driving package and the package.   The Technology and Driving includes wide-screen GPS navigation real-time traffic and a touch pad  BMW ConnectedDrive, Forward Warning, Pedestrian Protection, and Collision Mitigation are also in the Technology and Driving package.

  The assist package includes the Assistant self-parking system, a rear-view camera and Front Park Distance Control.

BMW recognizes that “range is a fact and for many drivers the of being stranded with a battery may well prevent from buying an electric To combat range anxiety BMW has two 1) offer an optional range gas engine and 2) according to NPR, BMW to allow buyers the option of a gas-powered SUV for a few weeks every to ease their concerns relying on an electric vehicle particularly for long family The bad news is the optional range engine adds about to the price and only extends the about 80 miles (the gas holds less than 2.5

One of the problems with purchasing cars is the limited availability of models.  Several, such as the Fit EV are only sold in California and a few states.  According to Ludwig president and CEO of BMW of North America, but not all of BMW s 330 U.S. dealers are expected to the BMW i3.

He said the exceptions will be small dealers in isolated

So, is the i3 the right car at the right time?  Is it waiting for?  Voice opinion using Disqus

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