The Future of The Electric Car, The 2014 BMW i3

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July 29th, BMW will unveil the 2014 i3. This will be the first electric car build from the ground up from BMW. There have been some improvements with the body and overall performance of the i3. LifeDrive is a new concept for BMW that focuses on the body, built from  ultra-stiff carbon fiber, making the car lightweight. It weighs in at 2,630 lbs. from the European configuration. The battery pack weights a light 45o lbs. The battery itself provides drivers 80-100 miles before a charge is needed. BMW decided on a Level 2 battery charger, allowing the battery to charge to 80 percent capacity, within 20 minutes.

If you’re worried about acceleration, the BMW i3 will go from 0 to 60 in seven seconds. The car has a limited electronic speed of 93 mph. BMW borrowed from their motorcycle division, placing a 650 cc two-cylinder engine in the rear of the car. The BMW i3 will also come equipped with ConnectedDrive which offers navigation, monitoring of battery life and can assist in best practices for efficiency. If you’ve been looking for an electric car, the BMW i3 might be a great option for you. Here are the price options for the i3.

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