By March 28, 2016

2016 BMW i3 Takes an Exotic Approach to Hybrid

BMW has long been a brand synonymous with performance and luxury. Many would argue that they get this balance just right. The “i” sub-brand was created in 2011 for their plug-in electric vehicles. The brand consists of the i3 and the i8. Where the i-brand differs a little bit is that the i3 isn’t just a smaller i8. Both models are quite different from one another.

The first thing that is quickly made apparent is the look of the i3. Like the i8, the i3 simply looks like it’s from the future. The majority of BMW’s more traditional road cars feature a design language they’ve never really strayed from. The i3 changes that up a little bit, with a lot of secondary angles that add a lot of character lines to the i3.

The i3 is made up of many exotic materials. The entire passenger cabin structure is composed of bare carbon fibre weave – which is not only incredibly strong, but also comparatively lightweight, even compared to materials like aluminum and magnesium. You see it everywhere – in the door jambs, door sills, and around the rear hatch.

While electric vehicles (and plug-in electric vehicles) aren’t exactly new anymore, this particular i3 is a little different in that it has the optional gasoline range extender. You can choose a pure-electric drive, with the base i3, or get the range extender to add a lot of flexibility to your i3 ownership. This allows for longer adventures with minor fuel consumption.

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