The 2015 BMW i3 electric car offers unique styling, an innovative interior and sophisticated engineering performance. The i3 is the first purpose-built electric car from BMW, with an exterior made of innovative carbon fiber reinforced plastic. It also comes standard with DC fast-charging capability, satellite radio and heated front seats.
All i3 models use an electric motor with 170 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque, powered by a 22-kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery pack.
The 2015 BMW i3 electric car includes the company's "Life Drive" architecture concept, which is comprised of two different modules: the Life Module, which consists of the passenger cabin; and the Drive Module, which consists of the lithium-ion battery, electric drive train, MacPherson strut and five-link rear suspension system and structural and crash components.
With the battery mounted in the rear, close to the drive wheels, the i3 boasts impressive performance characteristics while also providing better traction. Even with a small turning circle of 32.3 feet, the i3 still has a balanced weight distribution.
The EPA estimates the range of the BMW i3 at 81 miles per charge. The vehicle can charge in three hours from a 220-volt outlet. An optional range-extending gas engine provides a total range of 150 miles. The car can be charged at one of the more than 21,400 public charging stations in the U.S., as of 2015.