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BMW's Electric i3: All Vroom, No Gas

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BMW's all-electric i3 is here. And boy is it a sight to behold. It looks nothing like any other BMW we've seen before, but it's real and goes on sale early next year.

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Under the "hood" is a 450 pound 22 kWh lithium-ion battery with a supposed range of 80 to 100 miles that also puts down 170 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque. And 0 to 60 only takes seven seconds. Unfortunately, the i3 is governed at 93MPH.

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By all accounts this sounds like your typical German ultimate driving machine. It's just electric. With a 50:50 front-to-rear weight distribution, the i3 should handle like a BMW should handle. Rather than using steel for the body and such, BMW opted for a hybrid carbon fiber reinforced plastic that's 50 percent lighter.

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BMW says charging takes roughly three hours using a 220-volt line or 30 minutes with the optional DC Combo Fast Charging setup. The i3 tips the scales at 2,700 pounds, the lightest on the market.

The i3 starts at $41,350 and that's not taking into account the $7500 federal tax rebate.

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geekymitch
geekymitch

41 grand with a range of 80 - 100 miles. No sale. While that is enough to get me to and from work, what if I want to go out afterwards without stopping to "charge up"?

It's kinda like old school tyco remote control cars, from what it sounds like. The batteries will last just long enough to get started, but not really long enough to have any fun.