BMW i3 – An “Electric Wonder”

JAN 8 2014 BY ERIC LOVEDAY 23

BMW i3 Outdoor Test Drives At LA Auto Show In November

BMW i3 Outdoor Test Drives At LA Auto Show In November

It’s well known that BMW invited journalists and the public to test drive its i3 at the 2013 Los Angeles Auto Show.

BMW Brought Dozens Of i3s For Test Drives At The LA Auto Show - All Without The REx Option

BMW Brought Dozens Of i3s For Test Drives At The LA Auto Show – All Without The REx Option

Most of those drives were brief, so there hasn’t been much to report in regards to “reviews” of the vehicle from LA.

However, this one posted by Guide Auto Web caught our attention.

Here’s the opening graph:

“BMW invited journalists to attend the i3 press drive event in Los Angeles one day prior to the opening of the Los Angeles Auto Show. I was excited to learn I’d be able to participate, not having yet driven an electric vehicle.”

So, did the i3 amaze this EV newbie?

The answer to that is yes.

As Guide Auto Web writes:

Looks-wise, it’s certainly not your everyday vehicle. Exterior styling pushes the envelope and will stand out quite a bit. While it won’t’ be everyone’s cup of tea, I much prefer something out of the mainstream rather than a bland-looking car for the masses.

The i3 accelerates seamlessly and quickly when you need it. Even uphill we had no issues and to be honest, it yielded pretty incredible acceleration. The best part was that acceleration came without the financial and environmental guilt I usually get after opening the throttle in my gasoline-powered vehicle.

I found the car very responsive in the twists and turns when we were in the mountains. The turning circle was extremely small (it helped because we missed a few turnoffs and had to u-turn to get back on track.) The tester came with the optional 20-inch wheels which helped plant the car firmly to the ground and the i3 did everything I wanted and more.

I only had the car for two hours as opposed to the week-long periods that journalists usually get to test vehicles. The thrill of driving something totally new for the industry was quite pleasing and I left wanting more from this electric wonder.

For the first time driving an EV of any type, one wouldn’t expect the words “electric wonder” to come out, but apparently the i3 impressed.

Source: Guide Auto Web

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23 Comments on "BMW i3 – An “Electric Wonder”"

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Ha ha, “Even uphill we had no issues…”

Thing is, these people drive their 1st EV and they think *only this one* has “no uphill issues”, apparently because it’s a BMW…

Well, let them pay the extra BMW brand premium if that’s what it takes for them to see the light.

Yeah, it is kinda silly. Electric motors are much better are producing torque. But on the other hand, a lot of control systems or perhaps battery systems limit the current in attempts to increase the range of the EV and thus can give the appearance of EVs not being so good at hills. Some BYDs are apparently this way.

That made me laugh too. My LEAF chews up hills, I’ve surprised a few BMW drivers with that!

It get that “It’s not a golf cart!” response all the time when people ride in my Volt. No s#it!

I would have thought that some positive press would have been pleasing to you EV types. Instead, all you can do is heap ridicule on the guy.

You have a strange definition if heaping ridicule. Chill out.

If this thing looked like a more normal car it would have been a HUGE success. As is, it should still be a moderate success.

It’s a BMW. It will succeed.

New-car-buying is still a >80% irrational market, esp. for consumers suffering from Y chromosome syndrome, with whom BMW is rather popular 🙂

Its not a about big batteries and brute force that makes the I3 stand out…its the savvy innovative engineering that makes it one of the most efficient And quickest main stream EVa around.

He needs to see a cardiologist before a Tesla test drive.

LOL! To be honest, this reporter’s response to his first EV drive was probably like most of ours — it’s so quiet, torquey, and smooth!

Quote: “He needs to see a cardiologist before a Tesla test drive.”

*LMAO* That was a good one! He might need blood pressure medication… 😀

Let’s put it this way: Every “converted” journalist is a huge contribution to the EV movement! Uneducated comments from so-called journalists from the New York Times or the BBC will be ridiculed at and forgotten in no time.

What a joke!

An extremely fast well handling joke/toy if that’s how you want to see it!

How can he call this car ‘totally new for the industry’? Tesla and LEAF have been around for several years. RAV4EV and EV1 were out in the 90’s. I guess it’s ‘totally new’ for BMW and no other cars count.

Well, I guess they have to say something for a $45k car. Even Benjamin Nead, Of PBS and Plugincars fame, who would normally like little evs, called the thing a Schauser. Myself, I’m not that quite critical of it, but it seems a bit pricey for what you get.

Wheres the snooze alert on this?

i saw one today driving behind me posted it on tesla motors club

I’ve stepped away a small bit from EV journalism. The trend is to get the RSS feed and report on every time Elon Musk farts, or some new community installed a level 2 charging station. Micro-management of “news” tends to make chaff like this a “news” story rather than something to be ignored, or possibly snickered at. I’m more focused on major news – say a new model from a major player, or genuine news about developments in EV racing, such as Formula E. This stuff takes up space on a page and that’s about it. i3 may well be a zippy city car, and considered “worth it” for some interested in diving into the EV experience. It’s just fact that the i8 is a supercar for super-rich, and has zero to do with a practical-use automobile. We see i3 as a major automaker’s major play into the electric market, which it very well could be…Yet no test, video or so-called “review” I’ve seen to date gives us much true information other than surface stuff. Unbiased, experienced professional auto reviewers need to push, probe and prod i3 to determine if it’ll hold up or be a useful tool for folks… Read more »

I would like to see a reader vote on whether we all would like to see
a reduction of stories each day – limited, editorially to stories and subjects
that actually have relevance and importance vs. puff stuff that fills the
page to a level that I can’t even keep up with the sheer number of “stuff”.

My vote for InsideEVs.com is less volume and more substance.

Every time some guy who obtained a press pass gets to drive i3
around the block is not a story IMHO.

It’s to the point where just the sighting of an i3 becomes a “story”.

Seriously, many EV enthusiasts seem so enthralled by this entry
into the market that they will read or watch just about anything.

To literally find out if i3 is a must or a bust – we all just have to
sit and wait awhile.

Last word on subject – I also agree with those who wrote –
“big freakin’ deal!”. I mean, seriously, some anonymous non-expert
calls i3 an “ELECTRIC WONDER” after a factory-sponsored press
junket and demo….. All the masses see is the headline “ELECTRIC
WONDER!”…Sheesh – BMW can’t get better advertising for it’s to-date
untested North American addition to the EV fleet!

When an editor from a well-known, established entity like Car & Driver
or Motor Trend calls i3 a wonder, then I’ll listen to his/her opinion. Csaba
Csere went over Model S with a fine-toothed comb and came away blown
away….The professionally made video was thorough and thought-provoking…it had some clout coming from him. As I’m no fan of Car & Driver, Csere’s opinion shocked me, as I know these guys pan EVs, PHEVs and hybrids and are total oil-stained gearheads.

There are well-known BMW aficionados on this site who constantly promote i3 and that’s expected. I’ll wait to see that user who, like many a
Volt or Leaf owner – get over the honeymoon period when their car can do
no wrong – and see the true effectiveness of the tiny ReX or lack of it in
this, basically 80-100 mile BEV that costs $45-50,000.

+100, James.

These i3 ‘road tests’ are staged and supervised by BMW. I want to see a real world test by an independent source who can give opinions unfettered by BMW’s lofty image and free of BMW’s babysitting.

As an aside, I wonder how expensive it will be for a body shop to work on damage to the CF structure.