Family members: The i3 Concept Coupe joins two other vehicles in BMW's i sub-brand. The i8 plug-in hybrid (right) will reach production in 2014, and the five-door all-electric i3 EV will come out in 2013. (Source: BMW)
When will these cars get on the street? Such a good looking electric car will get everyone's attention. Perhaps not many people will get one though, some might prefer the supplier for auto body parts and repair their old cars instead.
Beautiful styling and I certainly think the timing is correct for a car of this type. I also agree with several comments that the "mileage extender" will be a desirable option. I have one client I do work for requiring a 74 mile round-trip commute. Mostly interstate driving, and as we all know, traveling the interstate system any more is a real crap shoot. Numerous times I have been in traffic that extends the drive 30, 40 minutes and even an hour when weather, wrecks, Friday traffic etc are necessary to deal with. I also see an issue with the probable cost of the car, if we are talking about $50K plus. A lot on money for what you might be getting. Great post Charles. Thank you for the update.
The vehicle certainly looks good, and the performance sounds quite impressive. But my guess is that with the AC on in hot city driving the range will be more like 40 miles than the 100 claimed. Or perhaps, like any true performance car, it does not even have air conditioning. Is there any additional information that would address this topic?
I agree with you about it not being a compliance car, NiteOwl. Some of the vehicles that are being called compliance cars right now may be part of a longer-range plan. This may be one of those vehicles.
Yes, I hope those doors make it into the production version. I think it's safe to say this isn't just a compliance car. Looks like they put a lot of work into it and it brings quite a bit of inovation to an industry sorely needing it. I hope there's a market for the car. At the very least, this design should influence other brands.
Nice article. I think those are Maclaren-style doors. I always liked those. Spectators are busy checking out the doors and maybe won't notice you gracelessly struggling to climb out of the deep bucket seats. The i8 concept looks cool. Kinda looks like a cross between a 6-Series and a Genesis Coupe. Too bad the price will be high. Decent charge-time, good styling, but the range is a bit limited for highway trips even with the range extender. I guess time will tell.
Tesla Motors’ $35,000, 200-mile electric car may not revolutionize the auto industry by itself, but it could serve as a starting point for a long, steady climb to a day when half of the world’s vehicles will be plug-ins.
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