Electric cars are no longer just for transporting milk. With ever-expanding ranges, they’re now genuinely fast, comfortable, and fit for more lives than ever before.
However, there are still few vehicles that offer attractive enough handling, especially at a lower price. That’s what the 2018 BMW i3s aimed to change.
One of the most cutting-edge vehicles on the road right now is undoubtedly the BMW i3s. Even though it’s in its fifth model year, that’s still the case. BMW was the first to use carbon fiber as the main structural component of a production car in order to save weight.
The i3’s relatively modest weight for a battery electric vehicle helped it be nimble and accelerate quickly, and it paid off. It will take some time for other manufacturers to catch up with BMW in terms of material choices.
So why is the 2018 BMW i3s a good choice for you?
The 2018 BMW i3s is nimble, smooth and enjoyable
The BMW i3s accelerates past 60mph in 6.8 seconds on its way to a top speed of 100mph. The 2018 BMW i3s offers a sportier take on quiet mobility, despite the lack of a range extender, with a 184-hp electric motor producing up to 199 lb-ft of torque.
The automobile is incredibly fun to drive, with a sporty character in terms of handling and acceleration. Its quick power off is really enticing and the maneuverability gives the i3s excellent agility. The ride is stiff on rough road surfaces, but smooths out on smoother roads. The i3s’ Sport mode is nice, but not the most effective.
The BMW i3s emphasizes its company-branded comfort
The interior of the i3s almost looks like a concept car. The brutally simple dashboard’s exposed earthy materials and carbon fiber reinforced plastic surfaces give it an airy feel that offers a relaxing driving experience.
The feeling of space in the passenger compartment is further enhanced by this lightness. The elevated seating position and abundant front head and legroom make it easy to forget you’re driving a fully electric hatchback. The seats themselves are really comfortable and provide plenty of support.
The high-quality fabric chairs are comfortable, and if it weren’t for the i3’s restricted battery life, no one would have a problem spending a lot of time sitting on them. However, the rear seats, which are best suited for shorter people, don’t compare.
The 2018 BMW i3s has smart and efficient technology
In typical situations, the 2018 BMW i3s has a range of 80 to 100 miles. You can get 120 miles out of the battery under perfect circumstances.
For an urban runabout, that’s a respectable range, but with the 2.4-gallon fuel tank and optional range extender, that number nearly doubles. Approximately five percent of the battery charge occurs when the range extender starts up and maintains the battery’s current state of charge.
Using a 220V AC charger, the 2018 BMW i3s can be charged in approximately 3 hours. However, the i3 can be fully charged to 80% in around 30 minutes and 100% in around 45 minutes using 50kW combined DC fast charging.
Regenerative braking, which reinjects energy into the battery, fortunately makes it possible to partly avoid plugging.
When the driver releases the accelerator, the brakes are automatically applied, producing the same result as engine braking in a typical car. The 2018 BMW i3 will come to a complete stop on its own when driving at low speeds. Once you get used to it, it can be pleasant and slightly improves the efficiency of the vehicle.
The 2018 BMW i3s is a 10/10 in fuel efficiency
In its battery-electric configuration, the BMW i3s is one of the most energy-efficient automobiles sold in the United States.
The 33.2 kWh battery offers a range of 114 miles for the i3 or 107 miles for the i3s.
Both models are available with or without the 650cc 2-cylinder engine, which increases total range to 180 miles but reduces electric range to 97 miles due to its added weight.
The EPA rates the i3 and i3s at 109 MPGe and 35 mpg combined with REx. The i3 is rated at 129/99/118 MPGe without the REx, while the i3s is rated at 126/99/112 MPGe.
The i3s is pretty close to the top of the list in terms of overall efficiency. It barely falls short of the Chevrolet Bolt’s 119 MPGe rating. Although the Bolt requires more energy to recharge, it has a more fantastic range. With 130 MPGe, the Tesla Model 3 leads the industry.