BMW i3 comes under the microscope

BMW i3 comes under the microscope

Some motorists will get their first chance behind the wheel of one of the market's most exciting new electric models this spring.

The BMW i3 is being exhibited at the 2014 Fleet World Fleet Show at Northamptonshire's Silverstone Circuit on April 9. The show primarily offers fleet executives the chance to see why electric power can meet tomorrow's fleet mobility needs.

But most will only have eyes for the i3, BMW's first plug-in vehicle sub-brand. There are two models set to wow the general motoring public, not just fleet directors.

The £25,680 pure electric version covers an average 80-100 miles (128-160 km) on one charge.

The £28,830 range extended version uses a 650cc two-cylinder petrol engine to raise its coverage to around 180 miles (289km) on a single tank of fuel.

Plastic body panels on a carbon fibre-reinforced polymer bodyshell sit on an aluminium chassis to hold its weight down.

This enables it to sprint from zero to 62mph in 7.2 seconds.

The zero-CO2 emissions BMW i3 attracts zero payments in BIK, National Insurance contribution, Road Fund Licence and Congestion Charge.

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