Top new models for SA

From Renault's new Alaskan bakkie to the latest models at the Frankfurt motor show bound for SA.

Electric cars in SA

The debate on whether or not Electric Vehicles (EV) are viable in South Africa rages on.

SPIED: BMW's 'born electric' i3

2012-02-01 12:32

BATTERY BMW: BMW has described its new i3 as “futuristic premium mobility”, and has set the retail price at €40 000 (over R400 000).


Back in 2011 we reported on BMW’s new electric vehicles, the i3 and i8, under the new “i” sub-brand.

Image gallery: BMW i3

Our spy photographers have snapped a new series of images of what will become the i3. BMW hopes to sell as many as 30 000 units in its first full year of sales - 2014.

The i3 will launched along with the i8 hybrid supercar in 2013. Both models will be built at the Leipzig plant and ride on the German automaker’s "LifeDrive" architecture which has an aluminium chassis and a carbon fibre-reinforced plastic cabin.

The under-the-bonnet electric motor is rated at 97kW.

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