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2018 BMW i3s: The Good And The Bad


While many will admit that the Tesla Models S and X are perfect, they are not the only electric vehicles out there. Cars such as the Chevy Bolt, or the BMW i3 may be more modestly powered, however, they are also more affordable.

With the introduction of the higher-performance i3s, BMW essentially took the 2017 i3 and increased the horsepower of the vehicle by 14 and the torque by 15 pound-feet. As a result, the new i3s EVs can go from 0 to 60 in 6.8 seconds and can reach a top speed of 100 mph. The manufacturer also added wider tires and upgraded the suspension, in order to compensate for the increased performance of the vehicle.

While it may seem that the new i3s will be flawless, it is important to remember that the 2017 version has a maximum range of 118 miles, which can be increased by the Range Extender (REx) to 180 miles. Both the Chevy Bolt, and the upcoming Tesla Model 3 are cheaper (and have a greater range) than the 2017 i3 which is priced at $45,445 for the electric-only version, or $49,295 for the range extender model which comes with a gasoline fueled motor generator.

As one would expect, the i3 has not set any records in terms of sales. The 2017 model is an underperforming, overpriced car, especially when comparing it to other EVs in the same class. If we are to take into account the fact that the i3s will have an even higher price tag than the standard version, it is unlikely that the new performance model will be a sales success.

However, this does not mean that the idea of designing a performance-oriented electronic vehicle should be forgotten. As more companies tackle the idea, good designs are bound to appear. It is simply a matter of time until a company starts offering an appropriately priced performance EV.

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