BMW i3 Review & Ratings
- 8 May 2015
- Author: Nikolas Perseputto
The BMW i3, which was previous known as the Mega City Vehicle, is a five-door urban electric car which is part of BMW’s “Project I” and was released under the brand name “BMI i”. This vehicle is a very important one for this carmaker because it was the first zero-emissions vehicle with an electric powertrain to be mass produced by this company. The i3 ranges from 130-160 km under the New European Driving Cycle as well as up to 200 km when it is in the right driving mode.
The i3 first started being mass produced in September of 2013 and dealerships started having them delivered in Europe in November of the same year. Deliveries in the U.S started in May of 2014. This vehicle was initially a concept car and was initially unveiled in July of 2013. When this car first came out, it cost $42, 275 in the US prior to government incentives. There were a range of different options available with these cars, and they could cost up to $3,850 more, depending on which ones were selected. When this vehicle started being sold in Germany, it cost a total of €34,950 or $46,950.
There have been a number of different awards given to the BMW i3, including the 2014 World Green Car of the year award and the 2014 World Car Design of the year. This vehicle received an iF Product Design Gold Award as well, along with two different awards in the UK category, including Best Super-Mini of 2014. One of the main selling points of this vehicle was the fact that the i3 did not use or need an internal combustion engine up front and has a sportier look which appealed to many consumers when it was first launched onto the market.
This vehicle was designed with four doors and can fit a maximum of four people and dimensions that are only slightly larger than the Mini Cooper as well as the BMW 1 Series, though it is significantly slammer than the 3 Series. The new powertrain which this vehicle uses consists of a 130-kilowatt and 170 horsepower electric motor which runs on lithium-ion batteries that drive the rear axle of the vehicle. There are two different pedals in this vehicle, similar to all other automatic transmission cars. One of the differences between this vehicle and others is that the acceleration pedal acts as both an accelerator and an engine brake.
When a person is driving the i3 and releases the pedal, the vehicle’s battery is recharged using the kinetic energy that comes from the drivetrain. There was a prototype that was presented in 2011 at the Frankfurt Motor Show which has a 22 kWh lithium-ion battery pack that was estimated to deliver between 130-160 km and it took only four hours until the battery was fully charged with a 240-volt charging unit. This vehicle was also estimated to go from o to 100 km/h within a matter of just seven or eight seconds.
The i3 can be charged using a conventional socket and it has a variety of charging functions. Those who charge this vehicle via AC will find that it takes a little less than three hours, provided that the BMW I Wallbox Pure is used. There is a rapid charging option available for this vehicle and it is particularly ideal for public CD charging stations which can take a matter of 30 minutes to charge from 0% to 80%. Overall the i3 is an innovative, eco-friendly, and stylish vehicle that has experienced a great deal of popularity and is considered to be one of BMW’s best-selling models as of right now.