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Shaping the future: Driving BMW's electric i3

2017-03-13 07:22

SOUNDS OF SILENCE: The BMW i3 is a good indication of the direction the motoring world is heading in. Image: YouTube

Jason Mayo

'The BMW i3 looks like something from the future and cost five times less to run when compared to a conventional family sedan,' says reader Jason Mayo.

Cape Town - The world is full of convention.

From the time that we are born, we get used to the convention of day-to-day tasks such as telling the time on a round-faced clock to learning to tie a simple shoe lace.

The question that always looms in the back of our minds is usually “can this be done any differently?”

The wonder of the i3

BMW asked this very question when they decided to develop their range of i cars and as a result, the company gave birth to the i3 and i8.

Built in two parts, the BMW i3 is comprised of the floor section which houses the many battery cells that provide the engine with charge and the vehicle's passenger cell, aka “The Life Module.”

ROAD TEST: 200km driven in an electric BMW i3

With pricing starting from R597 800, the BMW i3 is not exactly cheap, but how many cars do you know of that can swoop you and your family from 0-100km/h in just over seven seconds in complete silence? How many family cars can give you a 150km range at a cost of less than R50? 

The BMW i3 looks like something from the future and costs five times less to run when compared to a conventional family sedan. The idea of being environmentally-friendly has never felt this good.

To read Mayo's full review on the BMW i3, click here.

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