We love the BMW i3. It’s currently the only EV on the market that boldly draws a bridge between German luxury with frugal EV capabilities.
There’s an elephant in the room, however. An extremely big elephant, at that. You see, the current range of the i3 (when opted for without the range extender) is a measly 81 miles. And this is an optimistic claim, when driving like your grandmother and with no lights, A/C, or other electronic gadgets being enjoyed in the cabin. This is not a good thing.
Thankfully, the Munich-based super firm has this week revealed to Automotive News that we can expect a ‘50% boost’ in range by 2017, meaning the i3 should theoretically be able to manage 120 miles on a single charge from next year.
More impressive, for sure, but let’s take a moment to look at the rivals. The all-new 30kWh Nissan Leaf already manages a claimed 124 miles per charge, while the highly anticipated Chevy Bolt promises to trump them all with a whopping 200 miles at the driver’s disposal before he even needs to think about a charging point.
BMWs will always have a soft spot ian the hearts of many for offering unrivalled levels of quality inside and out (just look at the edgy wooden dashboard of the i3, nd then jump into a plastic fantastic Leaf to see what we mean…) But it seems that to gain as much performance from your compact EV at present, you need to reach out to some of the more obscure companies to be fully satisfied.