BMW I3 Leasing
BMW's first electric car, the i3, has proved to be a successful first foray for its brand into this eco-friendly market.
BMW’s i3 has proved to be a successful first stab at the all-electric vehicle market for its Munich maker. As well as the full-electric version, you can also buy a derivative with a small 'Range Extender' petrol engine incorporated to boost your operating mileage.
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Why Would You Want One?
Electric cars were always going to get better: here's a great example of just how. At launch, this Munich maker’s entry-level electric model was already a very good product but more recently, its operating range has almost doubled, so a BMW i3 lease now makes more sense than ever, especially now that there are so many BMW i3 leasing options.
Think of the i3 as a car in two halves. The bottom half is almost all aluminium, the upper half almost all carbon fibre. Armed with this information, you can rightly surmise that it doesn't weigh very much. Even with the weight of all those batteries, BMW have gone to great lengths to keep weight low and efficiency high. The boot measures 260-litres, but fold the rear seats and you get up to 1,100-litres.
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As you might expect from a BMW product, the i3 doesn't want for go. The electric motor is mounted low down within the rear axle which helps to keep a low centre of gravity and also to improve crashworthiness. The power is sent to the rear wheels via a single-ratio gearbox that offers the choice of three driving modes: Comfort, Eco Pro and Eco Pro+. All this translates to a car that's certainly not slow off the mark. It'll get from standstill to 37mph in 3.8sec and to 62mph in 7.3sec, so even sportscar drivers will have a very hard time keeping up.
Go for a BMW i3 lease and you’ll find the styling to be determinedly modern, with the kidney grille being the key BMW styling signature. The black hood, roof and glazed hatch are set to become characteristic features for the "i" cars. Adaptive LEDs headlights and floating LED tail lights are standard. The interior has a roomy feel. The instrument cluster and Control Display comprise two screens, one behind the steering wheel and the other at the top of the centre console.
The Bottom Line
Costing around £2 to charge, with a real world range of up to around 150 miles on batteries alone, the i3 will work for many suburban commuters looking for something stylish and a bit different to the norm. It’ll certainly add up on the balance sheet on a BMW i3 business lease. One day electric vehicles will be cool rather than nerdy and if that happens, we think this electrically-powered Munich model will be seen to be the car that started that progression.
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