First Look at the New BMW i3 Electric Car

We’re going to need a new car at some point this year. Unfortunately we need to run 2 due to work commitments and one is getting quite old. There’s nothing drastically wrong with it at the moment but the time is going to come when it starts to cost us some money so it will be time to see what’s out there on the market.

One thing that’s caught our eye recently is the electric car. I don’t need to drive far during the week. I poddle to town or around my suburb and ferry the children around to their after school activities. I would make sense that an electric car could work for us as long as we had the other car for longer trips and holidays. So, I’ve been taking at look at the fabulous BMW i3 electric car which is designed for life in the city, and is driven by an emission-free electric motor. Apart from the ecological aspects it is also pretty speedy with great acceleration from low gears or from standstill.

It also looks pretty damn good!

BMW i3

Unfortunately for some I’m like a lot of women and initially am drawn to a car by its outward appearance. The colouring, the shape, the actual car design is what first entices me to look at the car further. And I like what I see with the BMW i3.

BMW i3

Looking around at reviews I found a pretty good one on the Auto Express website where they said:

The BMW i3 makes a great city car – it’s relaxing to drive and there’s nothing else like it on the road

I like its boxy appearance. It looks like a funky city car that I’d be happy driving around town. I don’t think it looks like the usual design of a BMW which I’m indifferent to, to be honest, I just know that I could see myself driving it. The interior of the car is pretty swish too.

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The unique LifeDrive design means that the seats are higher, giving you a great view over the bonnet, and making it much easier to get in and out of the car. It’s only 2 door and with a family that can be a disadvantage, but my girls are older now and climbing in and out of this car wouldn’t be an issue for them. The interior of the BMW i3 features the use of natural, sustainable materials, including KENAF fibres in the door panels. This fast-growing member of the cotton family is particularly sustainable. The designers have also developed a completely naturally-tanned leather, using olive leaves, that offers the outstanding quality and feel you expect from BMW.

I’m a sucker for anything different and quirky and this car ticks all those boxes for me. Whether we can afford the pricetag is another matter, but then what you pay out upfront you’ll save in running costs over time anyway.

What do you think of this car’s design? Are you tempted by an electric car?

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9 Comments

  1. Trucs-et-astuces
    February 12, 2014 / 10:41 am

    I don’t think all-electric vehicles is the way to go at the moment. The batteries are not good enough to deliver enough range

    • March 6, 2014 / 3:51 pm

      Well, I think they have plenty of range for a daily commute. Using electric cars for a road trip might be a different story though…

  2. February 12, 2014 / 11:19 am

    That is seriously cool!
    I am very keen on the idea of an electric car – the only thing that puts me off is the price, so I’m hoping government support of them will start to bring prices down.

    • February 17, 2014 / 3:19 pm

      I quite agree Helen, fingers crossed eh.

  3. February 12, 2014 / 5:19 pm

    I would love to have an electric car, unfortunately around where I live there isn’t anywhere to charge it. I looked at a BMW last but I went with an Audi. Love the interior of the car, I would be tempted if it was easier to charge, than it is at present

  4. October 21, 2014 / 11:07 pm

    Very cool! I’m glad that more companies are going electric, and I’m very excited that BMW is one of them. Finally, an electric car that does not distinctly look like it’s an electric car.

  5. March 5, 2016 / 11:04 am

    awesome car……like very much….happy to see the first look of this new car….

  6. March 17, 2016 / 3:31 pm

    I’m not sure about Electric cars and I’ll be interested to see where the future takes us.
    As for BMW i3. from a girlie point of view it is not attractive at all.
    Come on BMW you can definitely make better looking cars than this beige montage.

  7. April 2, 2016 / 4:36 am

    Oh, Jen! Like you, I am also one of woman who is attracted by its outward appearance. Foor this reason. I like the BMW i3 very much. That means I pay attention its color, shape and design.

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