25 Oct '13, 8am

First drive: BMW i3

First drive: BMW i3

BMW is the first premium brand to launch a genuinely all-new all-electric car: welcome to the compact and pretty BMW i3; a car that’s so advanced, it’s been no less than six years in the making. In that time, BMW has reinvented virtually everything. It’s not made a series production EV before, so needed to learn a lot. The i3 thus looks not only like no other BMW (or any other car ), it also does things in a completely different way too. It’s made from two separate modules, a lower all-aluminium ‘Drive Module’ (carrying electric motor, suspension and so on) to which a carbon fibre reinforced plastic ‘Life Module’ is bonded. Everything about the second half of that sentence is revolutionary; it means the i3 is as light as a supermini but as strong as a much larger car. The motor is in the back, the batteries (22kWh, full charge in three hours at the BMW WallBox Pro UK buyer...

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