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BMW i3  Electric Car 127kW with Range Extender Auto

BMW i3 drive review

The i3 weighs in at lbs Photo by BMW.

Proportions of the i3 are of the Merdecez-Benz B-class, but more Photo by BMW.

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What is it?

previewed as a concept in 2011, the electric-powered BMW i3 is the BMW i brand’s first The contemporary four-seat hatch has to the pre-production stage with American sales set for March

The new i3 is also the first road-going BMW to be based around an all-carbon-fiber For development, BMW forged a working with SGL Carbon and established a carbon-fiber weaving and curing at its Landshut factory in Germany, the new car’s structure is made.

BMW using carbon fiber has achieve a low (for an electric car ) curb weight. This the car’s performance potential BMW could use a smaller-capacity battery would have been with a more conventional monocoque construction.

Stylistically, the i3 differs little from the concept. It is a modern-looking car boasting like those of the Mercedes-Benz but with a more contemporary With no B-pillars, the car uses suicide doors, allowing access to the rear seat.

Power comes from an motor mounted low in the rear — a position allowing BMW to the space under the hood to crashworthiness. The synchronous motor is in-house at BMW’s Munich plant; the company says it just 287 pounds and produces 168 hp. As all electric cars, the torque is counts, and the motor’s 184 lb-ft is 5 more than what the Cooper S ‘ 1.6-liter turbo produces.

The i3 is rear-wheel with a single-ratio gearbox three driving modes: ECO-PRO and ECO-PRO+.

BMW’s efforts are reflected in the official claims: 0-37mph in 3.8 seconds and mph in 7.2 seconds — on par with the S. Top speed is limited to 93 mph (flat out the is turning its maximum 11,400 to protect charge level thus, range. BMW says range could get as high as 118 ideally, adding 81 is more during cold temps and 100 in the summer months.

If you are worried running out of juice, BMW will an optional range extender: a version of the 650cc two-cylinder engine used in the company’s GT motorcycle. The engine is mounted to the electric motor in the rear and is a generator to provide electricity to the a 2.3-gallon fuel tank in front. So configured, the new BMW is claimed to up to a 186-mile range.

Samsung provides the 22-kWh, lithium-ion battery used to the electric motor. It has 96 individual mounted underneath the flat entire length and width. The has its own air conditioning, keeping it at its optimum operating temperature.

Recharging vary dramatically depending on the available. BMW’s own wall provides a full charge in six BMW says a fast-charge station can the car from 20 to 80 percent in 30 minutes.

The i3 has a chassis claimed to offer weight distribution. The front is MacPherson struts with a setup mounted directly to the motor’s bell housing in the According to the automaker, the 19-inch aluminum wheels and narrow profile tires provide savings for less unsprung and low rolling resistance.

As on more BMW models, there are a bunch of aids, including a DSC (dynamic control) system with DTC traction control), ABS (anti-lock CBC (cornering brake control), assist function, brake function and a hill holder.

What’s it like to drive?

You over the i3’s substantial and sit high (for a BMW) for a view. The seats offer lateral support but are firm and integrated headrests. There is no seat adjustment and there be, even as an option, because BMW it didn’t want to use electricity could be used for more

The layout inside is unlike any BMW, with a heavily windscreen, deep dash, no console and the flat floor. BMW on covering parts of the interior on the we drove at its test track Munich. We’re told, that the production version adhere to the most recent car’s modern driving

The main control is a pod extending the steering column, housing the button, park mechanism and shifter — forward for D, middle position for N, backwards for R. are also secondary controls the front seats, including a new controller, the electronic parking and the drive mode switch the latter key to balancing performance and

Pressing the start button (no and nudging the gear lever feels new-world but also There is a faint electric whine as we get underway, and one can hear the rolling on the pavement, but otherwise the is quiet. In the first mile or the steering’s directness gets our The electro-hydraulic steering is related to the on the next-generation Mini, due to make its premiere at the Los Angeles Auto later this year. The is nicely weighted considering the car was mostly for urban driving, and centers itself quickly.

The front wheels don’t any power — this helps.

Thanks to its low weight, the i3 instantaneous acceleration and entertaining up to and beyond typical city limits. All that instant is being delivered to the rear and the car’s acceleration is impressive, so than a traditional gasoline or car with roughly the same Before you know it, you’re off

The default driving mode is designed to provide maximum up to 93 mph. The energy recuperation and trailing-throttle braking effect on the mode you choose. ECO-PRO+ is the efficient of the three and provides stopping power.

BMW i3  Electric Car 127kW with Range Extender Auto

Back off the in this mode, and the electric is used as a generator to collect energy — so much so you need more than a dab of the brakes to slow down.

In addition to having the most energy recuperation, ECO-PRO+ limits top speed to 50 mph, the A/C performance to save juice, and in with the nav system, will you on roads with the best for the most range possible.

The acceleration, seamless power and strong energy-recuperation system us think the i3 will be a terrific car. We’ve only it on a test track but can say it possesses all the traits the earlier Mini E and ActiveE have, with impressive performance, more and a more commanding driving

The car’s agility is actually the part of the drive. Its lightweight structure and lithium-ion batteries low make for a center of gravity at 18.5 inches from the is close to the Volkswagen XL1 ‘s. this with rear-wheel-drive and the responsive driveline, and you have a engaging, fun drive.

Throw the i3 a corner and there’s some roll, but it builds progressively.

But need more time the wheel on public roads we can deliver any real ride-quality

Do I want one?

You can’t buy the i3 but BMW is taking orders. U.S. are planned to start in March Pricing is yet to be announced, though suggest around a $40,000 with the optional range adding another $3,000.

BMW’s CarNow program overseas customers to secure a gas or diesel model for weekends, and the is considering expanding that to the

If you’re in the EV market, you know the The i3 is not a traditional family car; a practical and fun-to-drive alternative to city cars. If most of driving is done in an urban and you have easy access to the new BMW is certainly well worth

BMW i3

Base Price: TBD

Drivetrain: 184-lb-ft electric motor; single-speed transmission

Curb 2,635 lb

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

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