2017 FORD FLEX REVIEW

Overview

The world is in motion and we’re in motion too. Motion means change and change are exciting. More and more people across the globe are calling their own values into question and thinking about how they could live more aware lives.

At BMW i3, this change in mindset has led to a new era in which, for the first time ever, vehicles are developed from the ground up with reliable mobility in mind. In this context, the BMW i3 is more than a car. It is proof that responsibility and driving pleasure complement one another to perfection. It’s time to lead by example. And experience a new form of driving pleasure.

To Blaze new trails you must dare to think differently

In keeping with the pioneering spirit of the BMW Group, the BMW brand has a long tradition of trailblazing developments. But with the BMW I brand the BMW Group has taken a particularly determined step into the future. BMW i can trace its roots back to 2007 and “Project i” – a DNA project that called into question the very foundations of decades of automobile manufacturing as well as the basic concept of the car itself, to clear the way for progress in new directions and define a future-proof mobility concept

The all-electric BMW i3 BMW i3

Price

$43,395

BODY

With its carbon-fiber/aluminum structure and electric powertrain, the i3 advances BMW’s legendary driving dynamics into the future. It handles well due to a low center of gravity; in our testing, it went from 0 to 60 mph in 6.5 seconds

BATTERY

The EPA estimates a battery-only range of 81 miles; it charges in 3 hours on a 220-volt outlet. An optional gas engine extends the total range to 150 miles, quelling dead battery anxiety. For 2017, the i3 will have an estimated battery-only range of 114 miles.The i3’s new battery features cells with higher energy density, yielding a 33.0-kWh capacity, with the same external pack dimensions as the 22.0-kWh version. The new battery is heavier, though, and contributes to an overall weight increase of about 100 pounds, to 2961 pounds, according to BMW. Also boosting the 2017 i3’s range are efficiency gains that bring energy consumption down to 27 kWh per 100 miles.

The all-electric BMW i3 BMW i3

 

CHARGER

A Level 2 charger should fully charge the i3’s battery in 4.5 hours—one hour longer than was required by the smaller, 22.0-kWh battery—with roughly 80 percent of the pack’s capacity replenished in just 40 minutes

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