BMW i3 News

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 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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By RecargoJames ·
December 20, 2013

In The PlugShare Garage: BMW i3

We get a lot of interesting visitors at the PlugShare office in Venice, California. Today we hosted a lucky neighbor who was driving a BMW i3 for a couple days.

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By Alysha Webb ·
December 09, 2013

Searching for the Meaning of BMW’s i Brand

According to BMW, the upcoming i3 all-electric car is about more than just electrification. BMW’s surveys of 700 “Electronauts,” the company’s name for people who leased the Active E all-electric test vehicle, showed that sustainability matters. Of the 113 who responded, 85 percent either agreed, strongly agreed, or extremely agreed that renewable energy was important, Dr. Simon Ellgas, senior advanced technology engineer at BMW’s technology office in Silicon Valley, told But the question remains: does that justify creating a whole brand to sell the “i” cars?

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By Brad Berman ·
December 02, 2013

Additional Electric Car Models Expected from BMW

Any serious electric car program from a car company requires more than just one plug-in model. Yet, three years after the Nissan LEAF and Chevy Volt hit the market, the major automotive companies offering plug-in models only offer a single vehicle—that is, when considering cars that sell more than about 100 units a month. As BMW prepares to introduce two plug-in cars next year, the German automaker is already considering expanding its EV lineup for wider market acceptance.

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By Brad Berman ·
November 22, 2013

BMW i3 Design, Especially Its Doors, Requires A Learning Curve

Last month, without even driving the landmark BMW i3 electric car, I questioned if designers shot themselves in the foot with an overly funky design. That resulted in a few angry emails. How dare I say the car is weird without seeing it in the flesh and driving it? Well, on Wednesday, I had my first brief spin in the i3, as part of the media days of the 2013 Los Angeles Auto Show. What’s the verdict? It’s growing on me—with a few caveats, like a door system that needs to be learned.

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By Jim Motavalli ·
November 20, 2013

From EVS 27: Driving the BMW i3 and Volkswagen E-Up

I have been to multiple debutante parties for the BMW i3 electric car, and it was on a rainy afternoon in Barcelona, Spain, during the big international EVS 27 electric car show, that I finally got a chance to drive it.

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By Alysha Webb ·
November 15, 2013

SolarCity Offers 10 Percent Discount to BMW i3 Buyers

Beginning in early 2014, buyers of a BMW i electric vehicle can eliminate worries about where the electricity used to charge their car comes from, or how green it is. That’s because SolarCity this week announced a deal to offer discounts to buyers of the BMW i3 electric car, making it easier for them to add solar power to homes.

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By Laurent J. Masson ·
November 14, 2013

BMW i3 Electric Car Dares to Be Different, And Succeeds

It was a special day earlier this week when I got behind the wheel of the BMW i3 electric car. Everybody has seen the pictures, and some people have seen it at a motor show. But it's a different experience to see it on the street. The BMW i3 really stands out.

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By Laurent J. Masson ·
November 12, 2013

First Drive: BMW i3 Meets High Standards of a Bimmer

Like people, car manufacturers are viewed in the same way. There are brands from which we expect more. Nissan makes good cars, and the LEAF, the best-selling EV in the world, delivers adequate performance for a Nissan, but its performance would be poor coming from a BMW. The cars from Bavaria are known to be great to drive, gas or diesel, and there were strong expectations for the first electric car from Munich. They have been met!

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