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For city dwellers interested in buying an electric vehicle, the 2013 BMW i3 should be a viable choice.
What's New for 2013
The 2013 BMW i3 will be all new.
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.