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  • Michael Thwaite tests the BMW i3's Park Distance Control function

    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 car could park itself? If you've bought a 2014 BMW i3 electric car and ticked the right option box, it can. Michael Thwaite (via Transport Evolved) didn't even know his car could park itself, which gave him the perfect opportunity to test the system, on camera, for the first time. His reaction, we...

  • 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
    BMW i3 REx Range-Extended Electric: No NJ Sales-Tax Exemption, Costing Owners Extra $3,000-Plus

    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...

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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

    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 Help From Salesman For Electric-Car Buyer But then, yesterday, a photo appeared on Facebook that underscores the fate--sooner or later--of all low-volume electric cars in lease-only programs. The photo posted by a member of a BMW ActiveE forum showed, very simply, eight ActiveE cars that had been...

  • 2014 BMW i3 hits the race track
    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
    2014 BMW i3 REx Range-Extended Electric Car: On Hold At Ports (UPDATED)

    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...

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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

    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 constructed like nothing else. Those wishing to construct their i3s a little further can do so using BMW's new configurator for the car. Most are quite familiar with car configurators by now, but it gives us a good look at the i3's various options and unsual 'World'-based trim lines--giving the i3 a very...

  • 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...

  • 2014 BMW i3 (German-market version), Amsterdam, Oct 2013
    2014 BMW i3 Electric Car Rated At 81 Miles, 124 MPGe: BREAKING

    Well, the numbers are in, courtesy of a quickly-photographed window sticker, and now we know the range and efficiency ratings for the 2014 BMW i3 electric car. The EPA-rated range is 81 miles, and its efficiency is a record-breaking 124 MPGe combined (138 MPGe city, 111 MPGe highway). ALSO SEE...

  • 2015 BMW i8, test drive in greater Los Angeles area, Apr 2014
    2015 BMW i8: Sexy Plug-In Hybrid Sport Coupe, Our First Drive

    Could the 2015 BMW i8 sports coupe, coming this summer, do for plug-in hybrids what the Tesla Model S did for battery-electric vehicles? That is, could the sleek, sexy, attention-luring coupe with doors that open like insect wings make plug-in hybrids...sexy? ALSO READ: Chevy Volt: How It Really...

  • 2014 BMW i3 (German-market version), Amsterdam, Oct 2013
    2014 BMW i3: What Staff Training Ride & Drives Revealed

    With deliveries of the first 2014 BMW i3 battery-electric cars now just days away, BMW has busily been training service personnel and dealership staff on its new and radical design. And an informed post on BMWBlog by a dealership employee who went through the multi-day course offers some new...

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    BMW is on track to build twice as many i3 electric cars in 2014 as it originally planned.

  • BMW Concept X5 eDrive at 2014 New York Auto Show
    BMW Concept X5 eDrive Updated For New York Auto Show (Photos)

    BMW's X5 eDrive plug-in hybrid isn't due in production form until 2015, but the German automaker has unveiled an updated version of the Concept X5 eDrive at the New York Auto Show. First shown at last September's Frankfurt Auto Show, the latest Concept displays a host of small refinements to bring...

  • BMW X5 e-Drive plug-in hybrid prototype, test drive, Woodcliff Lake, NJ, April 2014
    BMW X5 Plug-In Hybrid Prototype: We Drive Future Electric SUV

    They're not here yet, but in less than two years, U.S. buyers will have a choice of at least three plug-in hybrid SUV models to choose from. Now, we've driven a prototype version of one of them: the BMW X5 e-Drive, which will be shown as an updated concept car at this week's New York Auto Show...

  • 2014 BMW i3 (German-market version), Amsterdam, Oct 2013
    2014 BMW i3: Polarizing Looks, Average Range--Can It Succeed?

    Most of the world's truly significant cars have been striking, even polarizing, designs. But some unusual, even polarizing, designs have been colossal failures. And it remains unclear which category the 2014 BMW i3 will fall, in the different global markets in which BMW is selling it. DON'T MISS...

  • 2014 BMW 535d xDrive, Catskill Mountains, Feb 2014
    2014 BMW 535d xDrive Diesel Sedan: Fuel Economy Drive Review

    For 2014, BMW offers diesel engines in its three sedan lines, and now we've spent a long weekend with the mid-size 5-Series sedan fitted with the fuel-efficient engine. Given the depth-of-winter test schedule, its xDrive all-wheel-drive system was very welcome--and almost a necessity for our...

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    Joint Toyota-BMW Hybrid Sports Car To Use Supercapacitors From Le Mans Program

    BMW has announced more details of the hybrid sports car project it's developing in conjunction with Toyota, confirmed last year. While the two vehicles will be very different in terms of styling and execution, BMW will rely on hybrid technology developed by Toyota for the vehicle--specifically...

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