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  • 2014 BMW i3 REx range-extended electric car owned by Tom Moloughney - in dealership showroom

    Several reports in general news media recently have touted the new 2014 BMW i3 electric car as a serious challenger to the Tesla Model S. One writer even went so far as to label the i3 a "Tesla killer." Dream on. There's no way a frumpy-looking little 2+2 city car is going to challenge the mighty Tesla. I can't imagine anyone seriously cross-shopping the i3 and the Model S once the differences between the two cars become apparent. But as the owner of a Tesla Model S (and a Chevy Volt), I was naturally intrigued by the new electric BMW. DON'T MISS: 2014 BMW i3 Electric Car: Likes And Dislikes...

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    Skeptical German Reviewer Buys BMW i3 Electric Car: Likes The Car, Dislikes The Price

    If it's worth saying once, it bears repeating a hundred times: The best way to get people to buy electric cars is to put them behind the wheel. One German journalist has done just that, buying a BMW i3 electric car despite protestations from colleagues that the price, short range and lack of...

  • 2015 BMW i8, test drive in greater Los Angeles area, Apr 2014
    BMW i8 Plug-In Hybrid Sports Car: Full Pricing And Options Announced

    BMW has revealed full pricing and options details for its plug-in hybrid sports car, the i8. It's the first glimpse we've had of pricing beyond the i8's regular base price, and what BMW's 'World' trim levels offer beyond the standard i8's equipment tally. Revealed by BMW Blog, the i8's base price...

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    2014 BMW i3 Electric Car: Likes And Dislikes From An Early Owner

    Many of us have experienced the highs and lows that come with getting behind the wheel of a new vehicle for the first time. In some respects, your new vehicle will be much better than the one you had before. In others, it may leave you wanting for more. BMW's i3 electric car is about as new as new...

  • 2014 BMW i3 (German-market version), Amsterdam, Oct 2013
    Will Hollywood Abandon Tesla Model S For BMW i3 Electric Car?

    Electric cars can be confusing enough to neophytes--a car that you plug in at night just like a phone ?!?!?--but when you add in social status signifiers, it can all get quite complicated indeed. Which is how we end up with a Hollywood Reporter piece that asking whether celebrities may abandon...

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    Nissan Wants In On Tesla, BMW Electric-Car Charging Talks: Report

    With modern, mass-market electric cars on sale for three and a half years now, you might think that the path for growth has been pretty much laid out by now. But the great disruptor, Silicon Valley electric-car startup Tesla Motors, may be changing the playbook once again. According to a report in...

  • BMW Smart Charging App for i3 and i8

    Unless you're a Tesla owner with access to free Supercharger fast charging stations, there's no better place to charge your electric car than at home. Pick the right electricity tariff, and charging can cost pennies on the dollar next to even the most efficient combustion-engined vehicle. BMW hopes to make it even cheaper for BMW i3 and i8 drivers, with a new Smart Charging App (via Autoblog Green). The app, initially available to BMW's 'Electronaut' early adopters but launched for all customers in 2015, could save BMW customers up to $400 a year on their electricity bills. MORE: BMW i3...

  • 2014 BMW i3 REx range-extended electric car owned by Tom Moloughney - in dealership showroom
    BMW i3 Electric Car Buyers: Mostly New To BMW (But Not i8 Owners)

    The 2014 BMW i3 is proving to be very effective at luring new buyers to BMW--buyers who haven't before owned one of its cars. Such buyers, known as conquests, are highly valued by carmakers, who have a much better chance of retaining a customer if they're already driving one of its vehicles. The...

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    2014 BMW 328d xDrive: 40-MPG Diesel Sport Wagon Reviewed

    Lots of people want practical vehicles to haul families and their goods around, and increasingly small and fuel-efficient diesel engines are an option--albeit often an expensive one. We've tested several diesel SUVs and crossover utility vehicles lately. But last weekend, we got a chance to test...

  • Michael Thwaite tests the BMW i3's Park Distance Control function
    Watch The BMW i3 Electric Car Park Itself, As Owner Reacts (Video)

    Parking is one of those maneuvers that we all screw up now and then, no matter how experienced we are at driving. And there's nothing worse than having an audience just as you're trying to squeeze into a space. Even professional athletes can't experience that much pressure, surely? But what if your...

  • 2015 BMW i8, test drive in greater Los Angeles area, Apr 2014
    BMW, Tesla Are Only Electric-Car Makers 'To Build A Business': Really ??

    Sometimes we read things that just make us scratch our heads. Often, statements about the electric-car industry by (presumably) highly-paid analysts in the finance industry are among those things. Take, for example, a statement by one such analyst, contained an article published two weeks ago in...

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    BMW: China Biggest Electric Car Market By 2019, i3 On Sale Soon

    BMW has become the latest in a growing list of automakers to put its faith in the Chinese electric car market. The Chinese automobile market is huge: 18 million passenger cars alone were sold in 2013. That's ten times that of similarly-populated India, and around 2.4 million more than were sold in...

  • 2014 BMW i3 REx range-extended electric car owned by Tom Moloughney - in dealership showroom

    Electric cars enjoy many incentives, from tax credits and purchase rebates through carpool-lane access, to encourage buyers to give them a try. But the range-extended model of the BMW i3 electric car turns out not to qualify for a state exemption from New Jersey's new-car sales tax--despite at least some assurances to BMW dealers and buyers by the company that it would. DON'T MISS: 2014 BMW i3 REx: Range-Extended Electric Car Drive Report, By Very First Owner Dave Buchko, of BMW's product and technology communications group, confirmed that, "The sales tax exemption in NJ only applies to...

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    Top Gear's James May To Buy 2014 BMW i3 REx Electric Car

    You know Top Gear, right? The UK car show with a trio of presenters who hate fuel-efficient cars, think electric cars are useless and like to scream around airfields in gas-guzzling supercars? Well, not quite. James May has always been a little different. He often drives to the studio in a...

  • 2014 BMW i3 REx range-extended electric car owned by Tom Moloughney - in front of house
    2014 BMW i3 REx: Range-Extended Electric Car Drive Report, By Very First Owner

    This past Wednesday, May 21, I picked up my shiny new 2014 BMW i3 REx range-extended electric car from JMK BMW in Springfield, New Jersey. The car, in Laurel Grey, was the first range-extended i3 delivered in North America, and I will always appreciate that BMW gave me the honor of being the first...

  • BMW ActiveE electric cars from test fleet after crushing, seen on CA 91, May 2014
    Crushed BMW ActiveE Test Fleet Headed For Scrapyard (UPDATED)

    Just two weeks ago, drivers of the BMW ActiveE fleet of electric test vehicles were delighted to see that their cars would have a second life. BMW announced that it would redeploy 80 ActiveE electric cars to its DriveNow car-sharing program in San Francisco. MUST READ: 2014 BMW i3 Test Drive: No...

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    2014 BMW i3 Test Drive: No Help From Salesman For Electric-Car Buyer

    Every time I visit a conventional car dealership to test-drive an electric car, I'm struck by the salesman's lack of savvy about plug-in cars. The first time I drove a Chevy Volt three years ago, the salesman barely knew how to turn the car on, and had no clue about electric cars in general. The...

  • 2014 BMW i3 range-extender EPA window sticker (Image: Tom Moloughney)
    2014 BMW i3 REx Window Sticker Revealed, 39 MPG On Gasoline: BREAKING

    Yesterday we reported on the delay getting range-extended versions of BMW's 2014 i3 electric car to the market, pending the confirmation and fitment of their EPA-approved window stickers. That wait may not be much longer--and now we know the car's official EPA-rated mileage. The 2014 BMW i3 REx is...

  • 2014 BMW i3 (German-market version), Amsterdam, Oct 2013

    The 2014 BMW i3 electric car is now in U.S. dealership, and early examples are eagerly being taken home by drivers--but, so far, only the battery-electric version is on sale. Despite hundreds of cars parked at multiple U.S. ports, the so-called i3 REx model, which includes an optional two-cylinder engine to act as an emergency range extender, has not yet gone on sale. DON'T MISS: 2014 BMW i3 Electric Car: Why California Set Range Requirements, Engine Limits That's apparently because of a delay in printing the so-called "Monroney" document--known as the window sticker--that provides details of...

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    2014 BMW i3 Electric Car: Pure Battery Or Range Extender? Pros & Cons

    It takes all sorts of people to make the world go around, and the same can be said about electric vehicles. Some customers never want to touch a drop of gasoline again, and opt for a pure battery electric vehicle. Others like the convenience that a range-extended or plug-in hybrid electric vehicle...

  • 2014 BMW i3 (German-market version), Amsterdam, Oct 2013
    Do The BMW i3 And i8 Electric Cars Pose A Threat To Tesla?

    With the 2014 BMW i3 battery-electric car now being delivered to its first buyers, and the range-extended i3 REx version to follow within several weeks, BMW is at last in the business of selling electric cars in volume. And that, argues one financial analyst, may pose the most direct threat yet to...

  • 2014 BMW i3 hits the race track
    2014 BMW i3 Electric Car Online Configurator Now Live

    As the first customers take delivery of their new BMW i3 electric cars, it's time for the pre-launch hype to disappear and let sales do the talking. The hype isn't hard to understand though--BMW is far outside its comfort zone with the i3, yet has come out with a product that looks, and is...

  • First delivery of 2014 BMW i3 electric car, to Tufts professor Charles Rabie in Boston, May 2014
    First 2014 BMW i3 Electric Car Delivered To Buyer, In Boston

    As of Friday, May 2, it's official: the 2014 BMW i3 electric car is now on sale in the U.S. In a small ceremony inside the BMW of Boston dealership, the first retail buyer of an i3 took delivery of his keyfob yesterday afternoon. DON'T MISS: 2014 BMW i3 Electric Car Rated At 81 Miles, 124 MPGe He...

  • 2014 BMW i3 (German-market version), Amsterdam, Oct 2013
    2014 BMW i3 Range-Extended Model Gets Full $2,500 CA Rebate For Electric Cars

    It's clearly the week for news about the new and distinctive 2014 BMW i3 electric car. Yesterday, as the first cars arrived at dealers, we learned that it was rated at 81 miles of range (less than a 2014 Nissan Leaf's 84 miles), but operates at an unparalleled efficiency of 124 MPGe. Then, late...

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