Video 5 ways BMW’s electric i3 car stands apart

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Video: 5 ways BMW s electric i3 car stands apart

USA TODAY s Chris Woodyard talks with BMW s Jacob Harb about the BMW i3 electric car at the Orange County Auto Show in Anaheim, Calif. Leslie Smith/USA TODAY

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BMW has taken a different direction with its i3 The electric car will stand out from the crowd But even with a gas engine as a backup, range is less than most conventional cars


ANAHEIM, Calif. — By now, the car market is basically flooded with electric car models. Now comes BMW.

None of the models out there sell particularly well compared to conventional cars, and some of them are being done only to meet sales requirement for no-emission cars in California and a handful of other states. So with BMW bringing yet another electric car to the market, it’s time to focus on just how it is different than the others.

The car made its consumer debut in the U.S. last week at the Orange County Auto Show here, including a short presentation by BMW’s U.S. electric-vehicles chief, Jacob Harb.

Here the key ways in which the i3 will stand apart from other electric cars when it goes on sale early next year:

1. A true backup gas engine. While some other electrics, like Chevrolet’s Volt, offer powerful car engines as a backup to their batteries, BMW went with the tiniest of engines, a two-cylinder range extender motorcycle engine. It’s coupled, however, with only a 2.6 gallon tank, meaning the car’s range on gas will only be about 80 to 100 miles, about the same as it range on batteries.

In other words, making a long trip in the i3 will require some fillups along the way.

2. It’s the lightest BMW since 1991. At about 2,700 pounds, the i3 lightest since the 3 Series of another era, one that barely included a lot of the heavy safety equipment found on all cars today. The light weight will help the i3 get maximum range, that and other improvements like skinny low-rolling-resistent tires.

3. Despite its size outside, it has maximum room inside. That high roof and a rear door that opens from the front — a so-called … door — help open up the insides. It is also is made of sustainable materials.

4. It’s more expensive. At a starting price of $41,350 plus $925 in destination fees, it costs more than a Chevrolet Volt, Nissan Leaf, Ford Focus electric or the raft of other electric cars out there, except for the superluxury models like Tesla’s Model S. But it has something that the others don’t, which bring us to our next point.

5. It’s a BMW. The badge counts for a lot, even if the car itself hardly looks like the sleep, low, wide Ultimate Driving Machines for which the brand is known.

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