BMW i3 Named Kelley Blue Book’s Best Green Car Of 2014

APR 21 2014 BY ERIC LOVEDAY 15

Like the Tesla Model S, the BMW i3 is racking up award after award.

The latest award for the BMW i3 comes from Kelley Blue Book who just announced that the i3 captured Kelley Blue Book’s Best Green Car of 2014 title.

Here’s what Kelley Blue Book says of its selection of the i3:

The all-new, all-electric BMW i3 will scoot to 60 mph in just over 7 seconds and is built at a plant powered completely by four wind turbines. Inside, the i3 features naturally tanned leather, plenty of recycled materials and door panels formed from visible natural fibers. And if 70-110 miles of electric range doesn’t do it for you, the i3 can be had with a small gas generator that gives you range by the gallon.

All told, 10 vehicles were recognized by Kelley Blue Book in the Best Green Car category:

Kelley Blue Book Best Green Car 2014 List

Kelley Blue Book Best Green Car 2014 List

Source: Kelley Blue Book

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15 Comments on "BMW i3 Named Kelley Blue Book’s Best Green Car Of 2014"

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James

Hey, Kelley Blue Book guys – The Tesla is expensive and I don’t know how many wind turbines power it’s factory…But at least the Model S can be the only car for a family and not cause undue stress because of tiny range.

80 miles of range is OK and all…but not for $53,000 or nearly $58,000 with range-extender.

How does that rank i3 over the $30,000 LEAF?!

Yeh and not to mention our Volt!

Dr. Kenneth Noisewater

Indeed.. Prius outranking Volt? That’s bullcrap.

Honda is pretty close though: superior 6.6kW charge rate, seating, and gas-powered mileage (due to an optimized engine rather than the piece of junk in the Volt) vs Voltec’s flexibility and EV range. If Honda had 10kWh usable I’d give them the nod.

James

I wish GM would give some good advertising love to the Volt. I love mine and it still stacks up so nicely against the new competition as they begin to multiply.

Chevrolet dealers on certain auto sales websites generally have one space to list their MPG. So we see Volt: 40mpg listed. Is it any wonder Volts are sitting on lots?! The general public says, “Gee, it seats 4 and costs $36,000 with leather and nav? – I’ll just buy a Prius!”….

It makes me angry.

Uh

Try 0 wind turbines for Tesla Factory.
It’s called “Best Green Car” not “Best Range on One Charge” award.
Model S is the least green of all the EVs.

i3 is the greenest by far from start to finish. CFRP is fabricated with 100% hydropower. The unused CFRP is recycled. The final assembly plant is 100% wind powered. The interior is composed of either recycled, renewable, or responsibly sourced materials. The car itself is 95% recyclable. It has the high range/usable KWh efficiency.. etc.. etc.. the i3 is designed to be sustainable from start to finish, not just when in use like all other BEVs (assuming source of energy for charging is solar).

Uh

Oh, and where are you getting your prices from? A fully loaded i3 with REx is $55k. A fully loaded BEV is $49k

Base BEV is $41k.

James

Uh, ( lol ), …

You go buy an i3 in the next 18 months for those prices and get back to me, OK?

And also – price some maintenance, service and replacement parts for me while you’re at it = because if you’ve ever owned a European car here in North America you may well be in for a choke-inducing gag when you see the sticker price on those items and services. Also, CFRP is not going to get repaired by your local body shop in the USA ( or Europe ). It’s an innovative material, yes – made here in my state of Washington, USA. Not sure how you define “sustainable”, but when you go to a BMW service dept. to get your bodywork fixed – your insurance agent may tell you your auto policy is unsustainable after.

🙂 Peace.

I’m not a BMW-hater, but I’m always good for a dose of reality.

Uh
What does going and buying an i3 at those prices and getting back to you have to do with anything? We’re talking about green cars and you don’t know what the word sustainable references? It has nothing to do with repairs. A 100% sustainable item (car, sofa, food, etc.) basically means it has 0 net effect on the planet. No added pollution, only take what you need and only when it’s available, etc, etc. The i3 is the only vehicle in production that was designed to be sustainable from start to finish. Anyway, even going by your definition of “sustainable”, what service and maintenance costs are you referencing? Why does the BEV i3 suddenly need “maintenance” and not the BEV Tesla? Many Tesla fans/owners, even Leaf owners, brag about no maintenance all the time… so what’s the difference? You’re also making assumptions about cost to repair. No one knows. But for reference, an accident to the point at which the CFRP frame is damaged to require cutting and replacing is the equivalent of having your frame damaged on any other car. For most insurance companies, that means the car is totaled. You claim to not be a BMW-hater, but it… Read more »

Excellent response on all accounts there.

OK, I’m surprised Chey Spark EV is not listed. That pretty much gives the best mpge of all cars. Check fueleconomy.gov.

RedLeafBlueLeaf

No CARB-compliant models are listed. If/when the Chevy Spark EV becomes available nationally I suspect it would be on the list, probably near the top.

I would, however, have put the Focus Electric ahead of the last two. Even with all its flaws the Focus Electric is far greener than a Lexus which is slightly less polluting than a non-hybrid Lexus.

And the Jetta? I guess we should be glad they didn’t include an Audi, but c’mon, stop being fooled by the marketing term “Clean Diesel”.

the SparkEV is the top mpg car of 2014 for KBB. It’s ahead of every other PEV PHEV out there, well that is until the EPA certification.

RedLeafBlueLeaf

This list reads like what a person who does not value “Green” cars thinks would be the top “Green” cars.

Not sure what puts the i3 above the LEAF – it costs a lot more, it goes about as far, and it really is a two passenger car with a pretend back seat. In what universe is it “greener”?

The Prius and Honda Accord Hybrid (which, after years of doggedly trying their own hybrid tech, Honda followed their tried and true approach and copied Toyota – see also: Odyessy generation 1 and 2) are both green in terms of having very high gas mileage, but they still use gas. I’d have to put the Volt, which has the capability of using almost no gas, and of course the Tesla higher.

Dr. Kenneth Noisewater

The new Honda hybrid system is superior to Toyota’s, and much better than their old IMA. It’s not as flexible as Voltec, but it’s simpler and likely lighter, so the jury’s still out on which one will prove superior overall.

If only Honda would put out an Odyssey PHEV with >= 20kWh of usable battery and, say, a 1.5l Atkinson cycle 3cyl with cams for efficient 50kW and 100kW operation.

Brandon TSLA

*Slips kelly blue book $50,000 in cahs* name our EV the best green car of the car