BMW i3 News

  • 2018 BMW i3

    Just 159 examples of the 2018 BMW i3 electric-car range-extended EV are being recalled for an issue in which the car could suddenly lose power and shut down.

  • FastCharge 450-kilowatt charging station prototype
    Porsche already has a prototype that will charge faster than its 350-kw Taycan

    The Porsche Taycan, when it arrives toward the end of 2019, will likely have the quickest, highest-power DC fast charging of any production vehicle. But Porsche apparently is already setting its sights higher. Yesterday, as part of a research consortium that includes BMW, it presented a prototype...

  • Chevrolet Bolt EV being charged outside Go Forth electric-car showroom, Portland   [photo: Forth]
    Nothing comes close to Tesla: 2018 Q3 plug-in sales

    Even with solid increases, other electric-car sales paled in comparison with numbers from Tesla in September and for the third quarter of 2018. The next highest sellers, were the Chevrolet Bolt EV, with 3,949 sales from July to September, and the Nissan Leaf just behind with 3,767 for the quarter...

  • 2019 BMW i3
    2019 BMW i3 to get bigger battery with 153-mile range

    The 2019 BMW i3 will get a larger battery, good for 153 miles of range, up from 115 miles for the 2018 model, the automaker announced Friday. BMW refers to the new battery in the 2019 model as the 120 amp-hour battery, which delivers total energy storage of 42.2 kilowatt-hours with the i3's...

  • 2018 Nissan Leaf
    Nissan Leaf, BMW i3, VW e-Golf compared to Renault Zoe: what UK test reveals

    British magazine Auto Express has conducted a full, head-to-head comparison test of the new Leaf with its most direct competitors: the Volkswagen eGolf, BMW i3s, and the European Renault Zoe

  • 2017 BMW i3 REx range-extended electric car     [photo: Chris Neff]
    More ways to get $10K off BMW i3 electric car: new utilities add discount

    How badly do you want to buy a BMW i3 electric car? Initially, it looked like you'd have to move to areas of California where Southern California Edison would be your electric utility. But soon enough, those areas expanded to other parts of California, some areas of New Jersey where PSE&G...

  • 2018 BMW i3s

    BMW's Test Fest in Palm Springs, California, at The Thermal Club attracts a broad range of cars. The star of the show is the 600-horsepower 2018 BMW M5. But before I can test that wild sport sedan on the track, I’ll do my best to balance my carbon footprint in the new 2018 BMW i3s. BMW has added the i3s as a sportier model to the i3 lineup for 2018. It gets sportier suspension settings, wider tires, more aggressive bodywork, and a more powerful motor that puts out 137 kilowatts (184 horsepower) and 199 pound-feet of torque versus 127 kw (170 hp) and 184 lb-ft in the standard i3. DON'T...

  • 2017 BMW i3 REx range-extended electric car     [photo: Chris Neff]
    Today's BMW i3 to evolve into lower-tech, higher-volume 2022 BMW iX1 SUV: report

    Model naming conventions that are clear, consistent, and easy to understand across decades are a crucial part of explaining a vehicle lineup to buyers. By and large, German makers are good at arraying their lineups of sedans (and now SUVs) in "series" or "classes" that run from smallest to largest...

  • 2018 BMW i3s
    2018 BMW i3s: range, efficiency lower for sportier model of electric car

    As a given generation of any vehicle ages, German companies in particular often spice up the allure of the aging car with new and sportier versions. Porsche is a master at rolling out new versions of its models across the entire life of a generation, but BMW has learned the trick too. Thus in the...

  • 2017 BMW i3 REx range-extended electric car     [photo: Chris Neff]
    2017 BMW i3 REx: drive review of range-extended electric car

    When the history of modern electric cars is written, the BMW i3 will likely go down as something of an anomaly. Its carbon-fiber-reinforced plastic body shell, aluminum underpinnings, and battery-electric powertrain with an optional range extender are a combination not offered by any other maker...

  • 2018 BMW i3 and i3s
    BMW i3 electric car sales stopped, future recall announced for specific safety concern (updated)

    An obscure safety issue has led to a halt in sales of the BMW i3 electric car until further notice. The German maker announced a recall for every single i3 sold in the United States, covering 30,542 cars from the 2014 to 2018 model year. The safety issue that led to the recall and stop-sale follows...

  • 2018 Nissan Leaf
    Don't be fooled: only some electric cars are sold nationwide, even now

    Almost seven years after modern electric cars entered the mass market, there are now more than two dozen battery-electric and plug-in hybrid models on sale in the U.S. But that impressive number shouldn't disguise a fundamental truth about those vehicles: only about half of them are widely...

  • 2015 BMW i3 REx  -  Driven, Portland OR, April 2015

    The BMW i3 electric car is a tour de force of advanced engineering--and it was the most energy-efficient car sold in the U.S. in 2014 and 2015. Its body shell is made of carbon-fiber reinforced plastic, riding on an aluminum platform containing the lithium-ion battery, the electric motor, and the crash structures. But you can't get AM radio in the car. In other words, no local traffic reports or news headlines for you, harried commuter. CHECK OUT: 2018 BMW i3 electric car range adds sportier i3s version We noticed this quirk in the BMW i3 REx extended-range electric cars tested over by...

  • 2017 Nissan Leaf
    2017 electric cars with more than 100 miles of range (updated)

    These are the 2017 electric cars with more than 100 miles of range.

  • 2018 BMW i3 and i3s
    2018 BMW i3 electric car range adds sportier i3s version

    While the 2018 BMW i3 will formally debut next week at the Frankfurt auto show, the company has released details ahead of time on the updates to the lineup of its compact electric car. While battery range stays the same as last year, a new i3s model (for Sport) has been added, with revised...

  • 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV Premier and 2017 BMW i3 electric car, Aug 2017        [photo: Tom Moloughney]
    Chevy Bolt EV reviewed by BMW i3 driver: electric cars compared

    Owners of specific electric cars sometimes tend to become boosters and fans for their particular EV as well as plugging in to drive in general. So it was with Tom Moloughney, whose purchase of the very first 2014 BMW i3 REx range-extended electric car in the U.S. he wrote about for us three years...

  • 2017 Nissan Leaf
    San Diego utility offers $10,000 off Nissan Leaf, BMW i3 electric cars

    For southern California residents, it's an excellent time to start considering the purchase of a BMW i3 or Nissan Leaf electric car. San Diego Gas & Electric has joined a host of other utility companies in the state in offering incentives towards the purchase of an i3 or a Leaf. In total, the...

  • 2014 BMW i3 REx range-extended electric car at 3 years   [photo: owner Tom Moloughney]
    BMW i3 REx: owner's 3 years with range-extended electric car

    This week, my 2014 i3 REx turned three years old; I picked it up on May 21, 2014. For the most part I’ve been very pleased with the car. It’s definitely not perfect, but then again no car is. It has fit my needs and driving demands perfectly and I only needed to drive on the range...

  • 52 prototype x pedals

    One-pedal driving is rather like the experience of owning an electric car: it can be hard to appreciate until you've spend time doing it. The phrase "one-pedal driving" refers to the ability of some electric cars to be driven almost entirely with the accelerator pedal alone. It's a feature much prized by owners of Teslas, BMW i3s, and most recently the Chevy Bolt EV. DON'T MISS: Chevrolet Bolt EV: Green Car Reports' Best Car To Buy 2017 And it's something that everyone should know about, even if you don't own an electric car. Even if perhaps you won't completely understand why it would be...

  • 2016 Audi A3 e-Tron Sportback, San Francisco Bay Area, Oct 2015
    After Audi e-tron, next electric car to be compact BMW i3 competitor

    Next year, the Audi e-tron luxury electric crossover is expected to arrive at U.S. dealers, bringing Audi into direct competition with the Tesla Model X roughly three years after the world's first all-electric utility vehicle went into production. But with a pledge to sell 25 percent of its cars...

  • Section of 2018 BMW i3 spy shot  [image via S. Baldauf/SB-Medien, as used on Motor Authority]
    2018 BMW i3 preview (including battery rumors)

    This year's updated BMW i3 electric car is only just arriving at U.S. dealerships after a battery-capacity boost that gives it longer range. But already some details of the 2018 BMW i3 have leaked out, in the form of spy photos and further rumors about more battery capacity yet. Unlike our usual...

  • 2017 BMW i3
    BMW i3 plug-in hybrid recall to fix fuel-vapor problem, fire concerns

    BMW is recalling more than 19,000 i3 REx extended-range electric cars due to concerns over the potential for fires to be started by fuel vapors. The REx uses a small gasoline engine to charge its battery pack, offering a longer range than the all-electric i3 when both gasoline and electric power...

  • 2017 Tesla Model S
    BMW i3, Tesla Model S electric cars miss top IIHS safety ratings

    Two of the most prominent electric cars have missed out on the highest award given for vehicle safety by the influential IIHS: Top Safety Pick+. Funded by the insurance industry, the IIHS—which operates independently of the federal government—says that neither the BMW i3 nor the Tesla...

  • 2017 Toyota Prius Prime Premium
    At 133 MPGe, Toyota Prius Prime wallops BMW i3 on energy efficiency

    Move over, BMW: there's a new efficiency champion in town this year—and you'll have to give back that laurel wreath you've worn since 2014. Last week, final EPA fuel-efficiency results were released for the 2017 Toyota Prius Prime plug-in hybrid. When running in all-electric mode, that car is...