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Official launch is set for next week

If you follow the automotive world, BMW, or electric vehicles in particular you may be familiar with the BMW i3. This car set to make its official debut next week, but ahead of that official debut a slew of images have now hit the internet. Images of the car have been seen online in the past, but those vehicles wore camouflage to disguise some of the lines of the vehicle.

The new images that have leaked are of the car sans its camouflage. We already know that the car will start at $41,350 for the full electric version when it goes on sale in the United States next year.

BMW will no doubt pitch the vehicle as a more upscale alternative to other small, electric-only vehicles like the Ford Focus Electric ($35,200) and the Nissan Leaf ($27,700).

The little electric car has a 168 hp synchronous electric motor and a top speed of 93 mph. There will be a range extended version of the car with a gasoline engine, but pricing has been unannounced on that version.

Source: Autocar

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RE: Cheap prop from a Michael Bay film???
By foxalopex on 7/25/2013 12:24:03 PM , Rating: 2
I have to admit this car doesn't really hold up to how a BMW is suppose to look. The Volt looks better than the i3 although I have to admit I might be slightly biased for owning one. Still, the i3 prototype they were showing off did look good. I remember seeing it with clear see throu doors which were probably made of poly-carbonate. My guess thou is unfortunately you can't have doors made of that in real-life or you'll probably die in a side collision. XD So unfortunately it ended up looking like this.

By drycrust3 on 7/25/2013 4:53:00 PM , Rating: 2
I have to admit this car doesn't really hold up to how a BMW is suppose to look.

If you look at the flat screen instrument panel, we have a panel that looks just like that on the ticket machine on the buses I drive, and that sort of panel is really bad to look at when the sun is shining directly on it. This isn't so much of a problem on a bus ticket machine because you're generally not moving when you're using it, so you can move around to avoid the glare and see the information on it. That panel in this car has no shielding on it, so when you drive around a corner on you're way to or from work, and the sun shines through your driver's window - blah! Can't see how fast I'm going.
Actually, when you look at the steering wheel, it seems to me a person of normal height and arm length wouldn't be able to see the speed they are driving at because the steering column is a bit too high. While this is probably just adjusted to that height for demonstration purposes, its like there is also a lump of white plastic in the way as well, so even if you moved the seat back and adjusted the column to the right height for yourself, you still can't see the dashboard (maybe this is how they avoid the problem of glare from the sun).
Also, there isn't anywhere on the dashboard where you can place your smartphone without it sliding off. For example, if you want to use the voice navigation then you're stuck with having the phone somewhere that's outside of arms reach or where the phone gets a weak signal from nearby towers ... well you can't; or if you want to use your smartphone as a Head Up Display speedometer ... again: you can't. Actually, why none in this car? A car of this value could easily have one.

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