Driven This Week: The 2014 BMW i3 Electric Car
This week I had the chance to drive the 2014 BMW i3, which is the first all-electric car from BMW to go on sale to the general public (previous efforts like the ActiveE were lease-only, as part of a pilot program). I’m happy to say that there’s a lot to like about the BMW i3 – it’s rear-wheel drive, which is rare in the world of compact hatchbacks, it features a 100 mile range, and it’s got as much horsepower as a 90’s-era E30 325i. It would be a stretch to call the i3 a performance car, but it’s a lot more engaging to drive than many other EVs on the market. It’s also priced well below $45,000, which makes it affordable for BMW’s target customer even before government tax rebates are factored into the equation.