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Motor Trend Urges BMW to Sport-Up i3 Electric Car Performance

Despite its critique of the i3's overall performance, Motor Trend's Ken Reynolds thinks the BMW's electric car offers serious competition for Tesla.

Published: 24-Jul-2013

If BMW's grand ambition for electric drive cars were an image, it might be one of those magnificent Hubble Space Telescope photos of a cloud-like galaxy punctuated by sparkling white dots. In BMW's case, the dots are ideas -- many of them utterly brilliant -- with the whole, delicate structure held together by gravities of imagination and logic that complement the company's boldness.

But after briefly driving the i3 at BMW's Maisach Driver Academy, I have to take out my fine-tipped marker and add a small detail to that image. Right at the spot around which this whole galaxy of ideas revolves, I'd draw a small circle and fill it in with a black scribble. It's a black hole, precisely where BMW needed a nice dose of its behind-the-wheel driving sizzle.

Golf cart.


BMW C Evolution electrically glides past Parliament Building in London.

Powered by the same batteries used in the i3, the C Evolution offers a a range of 100 kilometers (60 miles) and a top speed of 120 km per hour.

BMW i3 city electric car is first in planned series of both plug-in and all-electric car line.

Out of 200 German BMW dealers, only 45 of them will sell either of the upcoming electric cars, and that ratio will be duplicated in other countries.

Illustration of BWM Active-E like that being offered for short-term rental in San Francisco.

BMW's DriveNow carshare program in San Francisco uses 70 all-electric ActiveE vehicles.


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