The Verge drives the electric BMW i3 (video)

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Our friends at The Verge got their hands on the new electric car by BMW, the i3 (more about it here and here). Here's their overview of the EV and their first impressions after a test-drive:

The BMW i3 is powered by a lithium-ion battery. BMW claims a real-world range of 80 – 100 miles (130 - 160 km) in everyday driving, something that can be increased by up to approximately 12% in ECO PRO mode, and by the same amount additionally in ECO PRO+ mode.

Here's the full list of tech specs:

-170-hp, 184 lb-ft hybrid-synchronous electric motor with max. revs of 11,400 rpm.
-80-100 mile real-world EV range.
-22-kWh lithium-ion battery, which weighs 450 lbs.
-650cc gasoline powered Range Extender optional; holds charge, doesn’t power wheels.
-0-30mph in 3.5 seconds, 0-60mph in approximately 7.0 seconds (preliminary).
-Top speed of 93 mph, electronically limited to preserve efficiency.
-BMW’s signature, near-perfect 50-50 weight distribution.
-Ultra-tight turning radius (32.3 ft), which is ideal for city driving.
-Macpherson strut front and 5-link rear suspension set up.
-Single Pedal Driving Concept with Brake Energy Regeneration, which feeds power back into battery.
-3 drive modes: Comfort, ECO PRO and ECO PRO+.
-3 hour 220 V @32 amps charging time.
-Optional SAE DC Combo Fast Charging allows for 80% charge in 20mins; 100% in 30 mins

Pricing (before federal or local incentives) starts at $41,350. If you live in California, for example, you should be able to get $7,500 in federal tax credits and a couple extra thousands in state incentives, bringing the price closer to $30k, which isn't bad for both an electric car and a BMW.

The 2014 i3 should be on Sale in Q2 of 2014 in the USA.

Via The Verge

See also: 2014 BMW i3 electric car makes its worldwide debut!

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