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2013  BMW i3 Hatchback

2013  BMW i3 Hatchback

2013  BMW i3 Hatchback

2013  BMW i3 Hatchback

2013  BMW i3 Hatchback

2013  BMW i3 Hatchback

2013  BMW i3 Hatchback

2013  BMW i3 Hatchback

2013  BMW i3 Hatchback

2013  BMW i3 Hatchback

2013 BMW i3 Hatchback - FROM $

For city dwellers interested in buying an electric vehicle, the 2013 BMW i3 should be a viable choice.

2013  BMW i3 Hatchback

What's New for 2013

The 2013 BMW i3 will be all new.

Introduction

BMW goes all-in on an electric vehicle future with the 2013 i3. The Bavarian automaker has designed the i-Series -- which also includes the high-performance i8 -- behind a philosophy of sustainable mobility. In the case of the i3, that means a dedicated electric city car. At just 151.4 inches long -- 2 feet shorter than the Nissan Leaf -- the i3 should have few problems finding good parking near the downtown museum. And with four-passenger seating, you'll be able to bring the art critics in your social circle with you.

Being a BMW, the i3 shouldn't lack for performance. Extensive use of aluminum in the chassis and carbon-fiber in the cabin means the i3 will weigh slightly more than 2,700 pounds -- still lighter than the Nissan Leaf. A powerful 125-kilowatt electric motor (170 horsepower) mounted over the rear axle will drive the rear wheels. BMW says the i3 will dash from zero to 60 mph in less than 8 seconds and reach a top speed of 93 mph. BMW also claims the i3 will have a range of 93 miles and can quick-charge to 80 percent of its battery capacity in just an hour.

How the i3 stacks up to other electric vehicles like the Nissan Leaf, Ford Focus Electric and Mitsubishi i remains to be seen, but its BMW heritage and promising performance should make it a distinctive choice. Check back for pricing information and driving impressions on the 2013 BMW i3 later in 2012.