BMW has officially unveiled the all-electric BMW i3, the first member of the German marque’s upcoming BMW i family of vehicles. The i3 is a study in sustainable design and utilizes cutting-edge materials like Carbon Fiber Reinforced Plastics to keep the weight down and a streamlined exterior for improved aerodynamic efficiency. Being a BMW, the engineers have ensured that the i3 remains an enjoyable driver’s car and while it won’t win any power awards, the i3 still boasts a punchy, 170 horsepower electric powertrain capable of hitting 0-60 mph in 7 seconds. The i3 can be fully charged in roughly three hours and will do 80 to 100 miles per charge. For those of you worried about running out of juice in the middle of the commute, BMW will also be offering the i3 with Range Extender version that incorporates a two-cylinder gas engine to double the driving range. The BMW i3 range will be launching in the United States with a starting price of approximately $41,000 USD. Find out more at BMW.
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