posted 5 years ago

New BMW i3 picks up first UK accolade

No.1 spot in Sunday Times Top 100 Car List

The BMW i3 has collected its first accolade in the UK even before it goes on sale in November, having topped the Electric and Hybrid Car category in The Sunday Times Top 100 Car list.

The Sunday Times supplement magazine set out to create a Top 100 List of their favourite cars and the BMW i3 managed to reach the number one spot in the Electric and Hybrid Car category, thanks to its holistic approach to electric car ownership and genuine appeal. The Sunday Times Driving team said "BMW has bided its time while others took their first tentative steps into the electric car market. The brilliance of the i3 comes not in revolutionary battery technology for there is none, but by being a car someone might consider buying for reasons other than it is electric."

The new BMW i3 is the first model to launch within the BMW i range.  Two BMW i cars are confirmed for production, the fully-electric BMW i3 megacity vehicle and the plug-in hybrid BMW i8 sports car. The BMW i3 is BMW’s first fully-electric production car and is due to go on sale in the UK this November priced from £369 a month or £25,680.  Meanwhile, the BMW i8 will go on sale in the UK in 2014 priced at £99,845.  The BMW i3 features an all-aluminium chassis combined with a passenger cell made entirely from carbon-fibre-reinforced plastic. As well as the vehicles themselves, BMW i will encompass a range of premium services for mobility aimed at optimising the use of parking spaces, charging infrastructure, ‘smart’ navigation systems, intermodal route planning and access to other BMW vehicles on an ‘on-demand’ basis.

The BMW i3 can be charged from 0-80% in just three hours, this fast charging can be performed by the BMW i Wallbox. The exclusive Wallbox can be installed at your home and green power options will be offered via selected BMW i partners, for emission-free home charging. AC Fast Charging is also the most widespread public charging option in the UK. If a full charge is not required then occasional charged can be performed using a pre-supplied cable, fitting a standard household socket at 3.7Kw, when a 32 Amp AC Fast Charging port is not available. If you need a full charge then charging this way takes from eight to ten hours. The DC Fast Charging is the third and final option available to owners and allows a BMW i3 to get an 80 per cent charge in just 30 minutes to one hour; it uses a 50Kw connection to do this and is the best option for public locations where quick short charges are required.