The BMW i3 is an all-electric small car that uses state-of-the-art construction techniques, including super-light carbonfibre and aluminium, to offset the weight of the battery pack that’s mounted beneath its floor.
It can offer a realistic range of around 124 miles, or you can pay more to get a range-extender version with a two-cylinder petrol engine that can stop the batteries from running flat. In theory, the range-extender will keep going as long as you keep refilling the (tiny) fuel tank – but since it adds only around another 80 miles of range, you'll be making frequent stops at petrol stations.
The high list price (even after the Government grant) will put some off but, as a leasing option or a company car choice, the i3 can make real sense – as long as the inherent limitations and compromises involved with electric vehicles fit into your lifestyle.
Read on over the next few pages for everything you need to know before buying a BMW i3, including which version to choose.