29 Apr '16, 3pm

BMW i3 wasn't German maker's first innovative electric car

Stephen Edelstein 650 views Apr 29, 2016 No question exists over whether the BMW i3 is a remarkable and innovative car. From its carbon fiber-reinforced plastic body shell to its electric powertrain, not to mention the option of a range-extending engine, almost everything about it is different from other BMW models. But the i3 isn't the first radical attempt by BMW to rethink the way it designs cars. DON'T MISS: BMW Celebrates 40 Years Of Electric Cars, From 1602 To i3 (Dec 2012) It's just the first one to make it into production. BMW has experimented with electric cars multiple times over the years, including building another small city car that could be considered the i3's direct ancestor. The BMW E1 electric car debuted at the 1991 Frankfurt Motor Show, but never went into production—and was fondly remembered in a recent post by BMW Blog . BMW E1 Enlarge Photo The E1 wa...

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