Top Gear releases their list of best hybrids and electric vehicles, and BMW snags two out of the six spots. The fully electric BMW i3 and the i8 hybrid sportscar top the list which also includes Tesla Model S P85d, Nissan Leaf, Vauxhall Ampera and Volkswagen e-Golf. Top Gear calls the i3 brilliant, thanks to its BMW-like drive, clever interior and the optional range extender.
The i8 gets the nod also thanks to its innovative design and the amazing powertrain which can go toe-to-toe with the Porsche 911.
Ever since their introduction in 2014, the first graduates of the BMW i family have stunned the world with their technology and design, and have won several awards. Over 30,000 copies of the BMW i3 and BMW i8 have been sold since their market launch. Even though the two innovative vehicles with carbon fiber passenger cell are still not available in all planned markets planned, the sales have been nothing short of positive. The fully planned market launch will be completed in August. In the first half of 2015, 12,500 BMW i vehicles were sold – last year only 5,405 were purchased.
Worldwide, there were 26,205 BMW i3 electric vehicles sold; 9,846 i3 units in the current year.
The highly popular BMW i8 had a great start as well. 4,456 units of the plug-in hybrid sports car have been reported sold worldwide, with more sales expected as soon as production ramps up.