BMW i3 - A Popular Mechanics Breakthrough Product of 2013

BMW i3 - A Popular Mechanics Breakthrough Product of 2013

Once a year, Popular Mechanics awards "10 Breakthrough Products."

It's the i3's Exotic Construction That Most Intrigues Popular Mechanics

It's the i3's Exotic Construction That Most Intrigues Popular Mechanics

For 2013, that list of 10 includes only one automobile: the BMW i3

So, without further adieu, here's why Popular Mechanics says the BMW i3 was worthy of the award

BMW i3 ($42,275)

"With a range of up to 100 miles from its lithium-ion battery pack, the BMW i3 is a lot like other electric vehicles. What's innovative is the way it's built: A passenger cell made from carbon-fiber-reinforced plastic means a curb weight of around 2800 pounds—light for any kind of car. And by reexamining the production process all the way down to the raw materials, BMW found a way to offer a car made from exotic materials for a little over $40,000. Affordable, mass-produced carbon fiber has the potential to make every vehicle safer and more fun to drive. The i3 goes on sale in Europe late this year and will be available stateside in spring 2014"