The official numbers are in, and the 2015 BMW i3 is (according to the EPA) good for 81 miles of all-electric driving, with a 124 MPGe rating. BMW has delivered the first American i3 to a customer in the Boston area, beginning the first wave of deliveries for the highly-anticipated electric car.
The BMW i3’s closest competitor, the Mercedes B-Class Electric Drive, received a more-favorable rating of 85 miles per charge and is priced about the same. However, the i3 has an ace-in-the-hole in the form of a three-cylinder range-extender, which effectively doubles the range of the little electric Bimmer, making it more practical for long-range driving.
Boasting rear-wheel drive and 170 horsepower, the BMW i3 isn’t going to set the streets on fire with burning rubber. It will, however, offer drivings a more engaging and exciting driving experience than many EV drivers are used to, and with the $7,500 Federal tax credit (plus another $2,500 for California buyers), it becomes one of the most affordable BMWs you can buy.
There’s been a lot of build up and anticipation for the BMW i3, and it’s finally here. Any of our readers waiting to take delivery of their electric Bimmer?