BMW is the closest of the ‘conventional’ car makers to take Tesla’s approach of developing an all-new, ultra-low carbon premium vehicle, throwing traditional thinking out of the window.
The new BMW i3 was on display at LCV2013, but only in static form, as the international driving launch is still around four weeks away ( read our BMW i3 feature
Like the Model S, the i3’s battery is in the floor of the car, with the resultant low centre of gravity promising impressive handling. The i3 is constructed from carbon fibre-reinforced plastic (CFRP), which is very light, resulting in the i3, even with a 230 Kg lithium ion battery, weighing just 1250 Kg.
The i3 can accelerate from zero to 62mph in just 7.2 seconds, while the lithium-ion battery gives a range of 80-100 miles. This rises by approximately 15 per cent in ECO PRO mode and by the same again in ECO PRO+ mode.
The BMW i3 is also available with a range extender, a 650cc two-cylinder four-stroke petrol engine. The range extender increases the car’s maximum range in day-to-day driving to around 180 miles on one tank of fuel.
The price for the BMW i3 starts at £25,680, and at £28,830 for the Range Extender (after the £5,000 OLEV Government grant), or it can be leased from £369 per month.
The BMW i3 launches in the UK on 16 November 2013.
More of the latest low emission vehicles at LCV2013