The futuristic BMW model faces many challenges like range limitation, universal charging points and the less-spoken ecological damage of producing and disposing of batteries, but BMW have not deterred from forging ahead with its first electric model in the i3.
The cabin is furnished from organic and recyclable materials resulting in a natural nesting place for the family, while the navigation system will synchronise to public transport timetables making it easy to plan longer trips. There’s a 200kg slab of battery hidden in the floor to drive the electric motors but because the main infrastructure is built from carbon fibre the i3 weighs less than a 1 Series, resulting in stealthy getaways and confused car guards.
You can charge it from your neighbour’s house while he sleeps or get BMW’s bespoke charger which will supplement most of the car’s charge (140km range) in thirty minutes. The i3 is due to arrive in 2014 followed by an i8 electric two-seater a year later. Conclusion? Anything beats filling up at the petrol station.
Engine: BMW eDrive
Power and Torque: 125kW/250Nm
0-100km/h: 7.2 seconds
Price: R500 000est
Buy it for: Petrol strikes