BMW i3 News

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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By Brad Berman ·
January 20, 2014

Comparing Lease Prices on Luxury Plug-in Cars

The availability of low monthly leases for the most popular electric cars—commonly $199 a month or less—has lowered the price barrier to EV adoption. But based on emerging pricing information about leasing a BMW i3 or Cadillac ELR, leases for luxury plug-in vehicles are unlikely to take much sting out of high sticker prices.

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By Alysha Webb ·
January 13, 2014

HOV Sticker for BMW i3 With Range-Extender Still Undetermined

There’s no doubt that the pure electric version of the BMW i3 will qualify for an HOV sticker, the decal that allows drivers to travel solo in the state’s carpool lane. But Dave Clegern, a spokesman for the California Air Resources Board, told PluginCars.com that the i3 with range-extending engine—also known as the REx version—had not yet been assigned a sticker classification. “At this point, ARB has not issued certification for the i3 or the i3 REx. Until the process is complete we can’t discuss the question” of what kind of sticker the range-extended model will merit, he said.

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