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  • 2019 BMW i3

    BMW and Mercedes-Benz parent company Daimler appear to be setting aside their decades-old rivalry for the good of cost-cutting. A new report claims the two German auto giants will pursue joint development of a platform for future electric cars. For BMW, this model is reportedly set to be called the i2, German publication Manager Magazine reported on Thursday. The new model will supposedly be built from the ground up with Daimler's cooperation and replace the current i3. Critically, the rumored i2 may also forego the i3's costly carbon fiber construction to further cut costs and ensure...

  • 2019 BMW i3, 2018 Paris auto show
    2019 BMW i3 debuts with 42.2-KWH battery, 153-mile range

    The 2019 BMW i3 starting production in November will benefit from a bigger battery capable of an estimated 153 miles of range, BMW confirmed Tuesday at the 2018 Paris auto show. It will be the second time the automaker has upgraded the i3's battery since the electric car's 2014 launch. The last...

  • 2018 BMW i3s
    BMW issues stop-sale order and recall on all i3 electric cars

    BMW last week issued a stop-sale order and recall for every i3 in the United States, meaning from the 2014 model up to the present 2018 car. A total 30,542 cars are affected. The cause? It seems that in a recent round of testing, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration determined that a...

  • 2018 BMW i3, 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show
    2018 BMW i3 preview

    The i3 wasn’t the home run BMW had hoped when it launched the vehicle for 2014. As Tesla has shown with its Model S, electric car buyers in the premium segment aren’t looking for quirky, ordinary to drive vehicles with only enough range to cover a day’s commute. BMW gave the i3 a...

  • 2018 BMW i3 facelift spy shots - Image via S. Baldauf/SB-Medien
    2018 BMW i3 spy shots

    Engineers from BMW are out testing an updated version of the i3. The electric hatch didn’t generate the impact BMW had hoped when the vehicle was launched in 2014. It was cramped, compromised and didn’t deliver the typical BMW driving experience, and its 81-mile range was also down...

  • LAPD BMW i3
    LAPD picks BMW i3 over Tesla Model S: Here's why

    The Los Angeles Police Department will buy 100 BMW i3 electric cars for non-emergency use. The LAPD announced plans for this order last year, when it took delivery of an i3 and a Tesla Motors [NSDQ:TSLA] Model S for testing. It turns out officers preferred the i3. ALSO SEE: 2017 Volvo S90 first...

  • 2014 BMW i3 REx, Catskill Mountains, New York, Oct 2014

    BMW has been hit with a class action lawsuit regarding a potential issue afflicting the extended-range version of the automaker's i3 electric car. According to the suit, which was filed in a District Court in Los Angeles last week, the extended-range i3, known as the i3 REx, can reduce power to unsafe levels without warning. Here's what the suit, filed by MLG Automotive Law, has to say: "If the car is under any kind of significant load (such as going up a hill, or loaded with passengers), the speed of the car will dramatically decrease as the battery charge diminishes. "The lawsuit alleges...

  • Stolen BMW i3 dashcam
    Supposedly stolen BMW i3 dashcam video funny, but probably fake

    Warning: This video contains some NSFW language. Let's get this one out of the way: This dashcam footage from the United Kingdom is potentially fake. That doesn't mean it isn't hilarious. The background is supposedly that a thief broke into and stole a BMW i3—no doubt a difficult task given...

  • 2017 BMW i3
    2017 BMW i3 preview

    BMW’s i3 broke new ground for the German automaker when it first hit the scene three years ago. The car remains unique in the market in that it combines a carbon fiber-reinforced body with an electric powertrain and a price tag that’s far from exorbitant. However, with a new generation...

  • 2016 BMW i3
    BMW considering family-oriented i car above the i3

    Update: An earlier version of this story claimed BMW i product chief Henrik Wenders confirmed plans for an i5. A BMW spokesperson reached out to Motor Authority and stated that Wenders did not confirm such a model. There’s been speculation brewing for years that the next model spawned from...

  • BMW and Nissan electric car fast-charging station
    BMW And Nissan Working On Nationwide EV Fast-Charging Network

    Tesla Motors [NSDQ:TSLA] famously became the first to introduce a network of fast-charging stations for its customers and offered the services for free, meaning owners of vehicles like the Model S and now the Model X will be able to drive across the country without paying a cent for their electric...

  • BMW i3 Shadow Sport
    BMW Unveils Shadow Sport Special Edition i3

    Yesterday, BMW unveiled the latest entry to its electric car lineup, via live-streaming site Periscope, ahead of this week's 2015 Los Angeles Auto Show. Limited to just 50 units in the United States, the i3 Shadow Sport special edition model will feature more aggressive suspension settings, Fluid...

  • LAPD Tesla Model S

    Los Angeles is looking a bit greener today. No, it's not because the city's finally solved its ongoing (lack of) water issues. Instead, the LAPD is adding a whole bunch of electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles to its fleet. Alongside the 128 plug-ins, the 160 electric vehicles make up the largest city-leased EV fleet in the nation. In addition to the large fleet of unnamed EV models, the Police Department is also receiving a Tesla Model S P85D and a BMW i3 as loaner cars. ALSO SEE: Porsche Mission E Is A Mid-Size Electric Sedan With 310-Mile Range, 15-Minute Charging: Live Photos And Video...

  • 2015 BMW i3
    BMW i3 And Mercedes-Benz C-Class Make Ward’s 2015 Best Interiors List

    There was a time when having a decent interior in your car meant spending the big bucks. That’s not the case these days as interiors have become much more homogenized over the years, with the key differentiators usually being the level of tech installed and the trim fitted. This is exactly...

  • Rinspeed Budii concept, 2015 Geneva Motor Show
    Rinspeed Budii Concept Revealed Ahead Of 2015 Geneva Motor Show: Video

    Swiss design and engineering firm Rinspeed made it clear last year that its vision of driving in the future is an autonomous one, and that cars, rather than being a tool to simply take you from point A to point B, will become an extension of your lounge or office. Now, Rinspeed is taking this...

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  • Self-parking BMW i3 ActiveAssist prototype, 2015 Consumer Electronics Show
    BMW To Present Self-Parking Technology At 2015 CES

    At this year’s Consumer Electronics Show, BMW gave us our first taste of its new ActiveAssist autonomous technology in the form of a 2-Series prototype that could handle itself while driving at the limit. At next year’s show, which runs from January 6 to 9 in Las Vegas, BMW will show an...

  • Rinspeed Budii concept, 2015 Geneva Motor Show
    Rinspeed Budii Is Your Friend On Wheels

    Swiss design and engineering firm Rinspeed made it clear last year that its vision of driving in the future is an autonomous one and that cars, rather than being a tool to simply take you from point A to point B, will become an extension of your lounge or office. Now, Rinspeed is taking this...

  • 2014 BMW i3

    Up until now, if you can claim being near a publicly available fast charger, you're probably among the fortunate few in a handful of major cities (or among a few electric-highway projects, mostly on the West Coast). And for vehicles like the all-electric version of the 2014 BMW i3, which use the new SAE Combo 1 connector rather than the more common CHAdeMO standard, you're more likely to be simply out of luck. That might change soon however, as BMW will soon be offering a 24-kW DC fast charging unit, in conjunction with supplier Bosch, that costs just $6,548. The system, which is smaller and...

  • 2014 BMW i3 range-extender EPA window sticker (Image: Tom Moloughney)
    2014 BMW i3's EPA-Rated MPG And Range Revealed

    The 2014 BMW i3 is quite unlike any other car BMW has produced in its history, and the same can be said of its efficiency figures. Those have now been revealed for the i3's optional range-extended model, and like its all-electric brother it's one of the most-efficient cars on the roads. DON'T MISS...

  • 2014 BMW i3
    BMW i3 Drivers Give First Impressions, Configurator Now Live

    If you've never driven an electric vehicle before, it can be an unusual, and not unpleasant experience. The instant torque, the silence, the ease of use--all reasons electric vehicle owners rave about their cars. DON'T MISS: Cars Swallowed By Giant Sinkhole In Baltimore: Video BMW has turned the...

  • 2014 BMW i3
    BMW Bumps Up i3 Production To Meet Strong U.S. Demand

    Outright electric car sales are still small right now, but there's certainly evidence to suggest the tide is slowly changing. Take BMW's i3 electric car, for example. A four-seat electric city car isn't a natural fit for U.S. roads, but throw in quirky, futuristic styling and the desirability of a...

  • 2014 BMW i3 (German-market version), Amsterdam, Oct 2013
    2014 BMW i3 first drive review

    BMW enthusiasts have had several years to get used to the tradition-breaking SUVs and crossovers which infiltrated the once sedan-only range, but electric cars are a different proposition altogether. Particularly short, upright electric cars like the 2014 BMW i3, the firm's first true production...

  • 2014 BMW i3, 2013 Frankfurt Auto Show
    BMW Racks Up 8,000 Orders For i3, Considers Expanding Production

    BMW's i3 electric car hasn't caused nearly as much foaming at the mouth from BMW traditionalists as many expected it would. Even if it had, BMW probably wouldn't care: It's already taken 8,000 orders for the car in Europe alone, says Bloomberg, and as a result is mulling production increases to...

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