NEW FOR 2015:
BMW’s little i3 electric car enters 2015 with no changes. It’s available as a pure electric, or with a range-extending gasoline motor; either way, this is a four-seater, with rear seats that fold to expand cargo space.
As a range-extender, the tiny 0.6L two-cylinder doesn’t drive the car, but runs a generator that provides electricity to the battery pack and drive motor. The electric unit that powers the wheels makes 168 hp and 184 lb-ft of torque, which it delivers through a single-speed transmission.
Standard kit in electric and range-extended models includes 19-inch alloy wheels, brake energy regeneration, automatic LED headlights, LED taillights, knee airbags, power-folding side mirrors, ambient lighting, dynamic cruise control, tilt-and-telescopic steering, heated front seats, leather-and-cloth-trimmed seats, dual-zone automatic climate control, four-speaker stereo and auxiliary input, Bluetooth, navigation, and an on-board computer.