The i3 is even more unique. Built on an all-electric powertrain for an urban environment, the car can go 98 miles with full batteries, and can charge up 80% in an hour. The curb weight comes in at 600 pounds less than the Nissan Leaf, given its carbon fiber body, and a full 2 feet shorter to help navigate the urban maze. The i3 is the first production car in the world to use carbon fiber technology at this level. Powered by a 125kW electric motor the car can do 0-60mph in a respectable 7.9 seconds. Carbon fiber components combined with advanced drivetrains were first proposed in the early 1990s by the Rocky Mountain Institute as the “Supercar”, and was essentially ignored by the industry due to low gasoline prices.
Gallery Pictures Electric Vehicles: BMW i Series Concept Cars