Electric Bimmer is nearly ready for its tree-hugging customers.
The i3 Concept is penciled in for production next year, and while a model "85 to 90 percent production ready" is currently on display in a dedicated showroom on London's Park Lane, there's still the matter of that extra 10-15 percent BMW is working out. Here we see BMW tackling the issue with some hot testing in Southern Europe. The BMW i3 utilizes the automaker's new Live and Drive architecture, the Drive component being made up of a 168hp rear-mounted electric motor.
BMW claim that the i3 will go from standstill to 40 mph in 4.0 seconds and hustle from 0-62 mph in 8 seconds. A six-hour charge will be enough for a 140-mile range. The i3 will join the i8 sportscar in a new line of electric vehicles from BMW as a dedicated sub-brand to parralel the M performance line, but with greener credentials.