First award for new BMW i3

BMW i3-2 copy 3BMW’s new i3 has collected its first award, even before it goes on sale across the UK next month. The car topped the Electric and Hybrid Car category in The Sunday Times Top 100 Car list.

The list highlights the 100 best cars on sale, as judged by The Sunday Times Driving editorial team.

“BMW has bided its time while others took their first tentative steps into the electric car market,” The Sunday Times Driving team concluded.

“The brilliance of the i3 comes not in revolutionary battery technology — for there is none — but by being a car someone might consider buying for reasons other than it’s electric.”

The new BMW i3 is the first model to launch within the BMW i range. Two BMW i cars are confirmed for production, the fully-electric BMW i3 megacity vehicle and the plug-in hybrid BMW i8 sports car.

The BMW i3 is BMW’s first fully-electric production car and goes on sale in Scotland next month, priced from £369 a month or £25,680 (including the Government’s £5000 grant). The BMW i8 goes on sale in the Scotland in 2014 priced at £99,845.

Like the i8, the BMW i3 features an all-aluminium chassis combined with a passenger cell made entirely from carbon-fibre-reinforced plastic.

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Jim McGill


Jim McGill is an award-winning motoring and motorsport journalist with more than 25 years' industry experience. He contributes to a number of newspapers and magazines, including The Times, Telegraph, Daily Mail, Scotsman, Sunday Herald and AA Magazine.

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