At the 2014 New York Auto Show, the new BMW i3 was crowned as the Green Car Of The Year and the Car Design Of The Year. Accepting the award on behalf of the company was Domagoj Dukec, BMW’s Head of Exterior Design.
The BMW i3 is an uncompromisingly sustainable vehicle designed for the urban environment. Featuring all-electric drive and purpose-built to meet the requirements of sustainable, zero-emission driving, it embodies an intelligent mode of transport for major cities.
The car is a well-resolved all-round concept, with every detail optimised to fulfil its intended purpose – something the inspirational and forward-looking design of the BMW i3 renders tangible in many of its facets. Translating values such as lightness, safety and efficiency into both the exterior and the interior design, this electric vehicle is an authentic visual representation of its innovative technology.
The i3′s electric drive-train generates output of 125 kW/170 hp and peak torque of 250 Newton meters, which is immediately available from a standing start. The BMW i3 sprints from 0 to 60 km/h in 3.7 seconds and from 0 to 100 km/h in 7.2 seconds. Its top speed is limited to 150 km/h for efficiency reasons.
The base price of the 2014 BMW i3 starts at $41,350 and those looking for the i3 REx (Range Extender) will have to shell out $45,200. Destination and Handling fee is set at $925.