BMW i3 News

By Brad Berman ·
November 10, 2014

Is BMW Positioned To Become the Leader in Electric Vehicles?

BMW is barely out of the gate with sales of its i3 and i8 battery-powered cars. Yet, it has already established a leadership role in the electric car world—putting the company in the top echelon of EV-makers along with Tesla and Nissan. As news emerges of more BMW EVs and plug-in hybrids in the works, the German automaker appears to be moving faster than Tesla or Nissan toward an entire suite of plug-in cars.

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By Brad Berman ·
July 18, 2014

Battery Capacity of Mercedes EV is 67% Bigger than for BMW i3

There's an argument that a bigger battery pack is more important than greater efficiency, when it comes to range. Under “normal” charging, the Mercedes EV fully charges to 28 kilowatt-hours. But when the “range plus package” is employed, it pushes utilization to about 31.4 kilowatt-hours. Using that number compared to the i3’s usable capacity of 18.8, and the delta between the two is 67 percent.

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By Tom Moloughney ·
June 05, 2014

8 Key Questions about the BMW i3 Electric Car

Tom Moloughney, long-time EV driver and first owner of a BMW i3 with the range-extender option, answers fundamental questions about the car. Let's start with this one: How is the BMW i3’s range-extending system different from the Chevrolet Volt and Toyota Prius Plug-in Hybrid?

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By Jim Motavalli ·
May 28, 2014

First BMW i3 Drivers Share Impressions

BMW is delivering its new electric cars, and the early adopters like what they see—but have a few minor issues.

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By Brad Berman ·
May 22, 2014

ActiveE Electric Cars Are Crushed: Is There a Bright Side?

The sight this week of a trailer full of crushed BMW ActiveE models—posted to Facebook—reasonably recalled old feelings of anger, frustration, and regret. On the surface, it looks the same story of automaker intransigence regarding EVs. Yet, the context for the demise of those ActiveEs has dramatically changed in recent years.

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By Jim Motavalli ·
May 02, 2014

BMW i3's First American Customer: Boston Professor Charlie Rabie

The i3 will be a second car for long-time ActiveE driver Rabie, who says it "takes off like no other car."

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By Brad Berman ·
April 29, 2014

Mercedes Sets $41,450 Price for Small EV, To Match BMW

Judging from my brief time behind the wheel of both cars, they will equally deliver the high level of handling and comfort expected from a BMW or Mercedes.

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By Jim Motavalli ·
April 21, 2014

It Works for Tesla: EV Buyers Should Have Battery Pack Size Options

Both the Chevrolet Volt and Nissan LEAF may be offered with battery choices. It's a trend that makes sense.

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By Jim Motavalli ·
April 10, 2014

BMW i3 Buyers Face Long Wait Times for Delivery

One dealer says people who sign up for the car now are looking at 2016, but others say it will be a matter of months.

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By Tom Moloughney ·
March 24, 2014

BMW EV Driver Reflects on Final Days With ActiveE

The U.S. launch of the BMW i3 only a few weeks away. That means the days are numbered for the BMW ActiveE, the company’s 1-series test platform for electric car technology. As much as I'm going to miss the ActiveE, I don’t feel the same as when I returned my MINI-E. I really loved that car.

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