Time to go AC/DC…
Electric Vehicles, or ‘EV’s’, have been around with us for a while now and with the range of models increasing – from the bizarre, windowless Renault Twizy (no thanks), to the highly desirable Tesla Model S (yes please), the BMW i3 is now a part of that group. The i3 is the first series of battery-powered models by BMW’s ‘i’ division and is available either as a pure electric car, or as a Range-Extender with a tiny 2-cylinder bike engine. We’ve got ourselves the Range-Extender.
Since this was our first run in an electric car, we went for the i3 to see if a car that was designed to be electric in the first place would make for a better case than retrofitting the electric running gear into a traditional internal combustion car.
Will it make for a more novel and convincing case for the electric car?
Spec: Range Extender Engine: E-motor: 168bhp, 184lb ft (@ 0rpm). Range Extender: 647cc 2-cylinder with integrated generator, 36bhp ( @ 4500rpm), 40ft lb ( @ 4800rpm) Transmission: Single Speed Mpg: Official: 470.8mpg Performance: 0-62mph: 7.9 Secs, 93mph Colour: Andesit Silver Options - 19" BMW i Turbine-spoke style 429 alloy wheels, Interior world: Suite (Velour mats, Leather seats, Multifunction steering wheel), Media Package - BMW Professional (Traffic Info, Sat Nav and Concierge Service), Park Assist Package (Park Assist, PDC sensors, reverse camera).