Competition has been very tight in the electric vehicle arena. Automakers have been rushing to create the nearest-to-perfect EV that has ever been built. As much as these EVs are a cheaper alternative to fuel powered vehicles, there are also issues that are yet to be solved by its engineers. As much as there are a lot of glitches for these vehicles under development and research, there will always be room for improvement and that is what BMW is currently working on.
The release of BMW’s electric vehicle, the i3, was very much anticipated way back in 2014. The i3 offers an innovative interior as well as a strong performance. What makes it even more appealing to the buyers is its electric powertrain which makes it the brand’s first zero emissions mass produced vehicle.
It is mostly made of carbon-fiber and aluminum structure and has a very good handling due to its low center of gravity. From testing, the 170 horsepower i3 can accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in 6.5 seconds and it has a recorded top speed of 92 mph. With a single charge, the BMW i3 has a battery-only range of 81 miles. It makes a full charge in 3 hours on a 220-volt outlet. An optional Range Extender gas engine also comes in handy (you’ll never know when it’ll come useful so it’s better safe than sorry) and can extend the range to 150 miles.
In an effort to make charging easier for i3 owners, BMW announced that late this year, it will begin to sell a fast-charging station equipped with WiFi called the BMW Home Charge Connect Now. It is expected to fully charge the i3’s battery in four hours and 30 minutes. For faster charging, the 2017 i3 can be hooked up to a DC Fast Charge station so that a full battery can be achieved in only 40 minutes. Isn’t it fast?
A new environment friendly interior package called “Decka World” will also be offered which will cover the interior in lightweight dark cloth made from recycled materials. Other options include an electric moonroof as well as a Protonic Blue color which was formerly exclusive only to i8s.
Between style and performance, i3 leans more on the former. It is not a performing car but it is one of the most stylish EVs that have been produced. It just has to improve on its range to stay in competition with Tesla’s Model 3 and the Chevy Bolt, two of the toughest competitors in the electric vehicle arena.