The BMW i3 is the German brand’s answer to the EV question and it has proved to be a popular buy for urban use. By no means the cheapest electric car on the market it does nevertheless have a prestige badge and great build quality. Interestingly, the i3 is made from a mixture of lightweight aluminium for the chassis and carbon-fibre reinforced plastic for some structural parts and body panels. The cabin is roomy but boot space is small suggesting this car is really and urban runaround. The charging cable is a standard, slow charge version so it is worth considering the purchase of higher rated variants.
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It is very futuristic. What is it like to drive?
With just the two pedals, accelerator and brake, the i3 can easily be driven in normal conditions using just the accelerator pedal. Lift the foot and retardation occurs during the regenerative braking process used to harvest energy under deceleration. It’s a balanced car with sharp, positive steering and is easy to drive.
Does it work as an EV?
Very much so. Built from the ground up as a proper EV and with zero emissions the owner will be welcome in our towns and cities. In normal driving the i3 should manage 100 miles + on a full charge. There’s no battery longevity worries as BMW guarantee the battery pack for eight years. Truly green.
What about charging?
A BMW wall box is available ideal for home charging. It makes sense to buy an additional charging cable for home use, the other staying in the car. The supplied cable is for standard slow charging so an upgrade to a 32A version might be a plan.
It’s not perfect though is it?
There really isn’t a lot to worry about, although it is expensive to buy new. Being electric the running gear is simplified so that should cut down on mechanical issues. Otherwise owners report the occasional sort of niggle that many cars experience over time.