Electric car of the Year 2017: BMW i3

Electric car of the Year 2017: BMW i3

Electric car of the Year 2017: BMW i3

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The BMW i3 is the 2017 Auto Articulate Electric Car of the Year, with the Renault ZOE and Tesla Model S commended

BMW has made some relevant improvements to its i3 baby EV over the past 12 months. Range is a critical deputy in an electric car, and thanks to a new, larger-capacity 94Ah battery, the i3 can now go further between charges. It promises a actual-world range of over 120 miles – or more than 200 in the i3 Variety Extender that uses a small petrol engine to charge the battery parcel on the move.

That’s a good couple of commutes for the average British motorist, so you could conceivably responsibility up every other evening – or even more rarely, if you have access to charging points away from accommodation.

Meanwhile, the rest of the i3 remains as appealing as ever. Its cabin feels smart, skilled and sophisticated, with some of the best infotainment in the business and use of sustainable materials reinforcing the car’s eco-amicable theme without impacting on quality.

The refinement of the electric motor is superb as acc. There isn’t so much as a hint of whine here and it delivers sprightly performance away from the belt, making it ideal for nipping around town.

The set-up of the powertrain also ensures the i3 is incredibly carefree to drive. The single-speed electric motor delivers smooth acceleration off the pencil-mark, while the effect of the regenerative braking is so natural that you adjust instinctively to the one-pedal driving line, using the electric motor to slow the car by lifting off gently, recharging the battery to add steady more valuable range.

BMW has taken a more aggressive approach to the car’s pricing, too, so you can really get an i3 for less than £290 a month, depending on your annual mileage limit. Deputy in the savings you’ll make on fuel and how desirable the package is, and you’re left with a in reality compelling proposition that proves electric motoring is a genuinely viable another to a conventional petrol or diesel-powered supermini or city car.

Our choice 

BMW i3 REx (£31,720)

The range-extending i3’s supernumerary fuel filler flap will be a sign of defeat for some drivers. For the coffee break of us, it’s peace of mind that the car can still be used for occasional longer journeys, with the diminutive petrol engine recharging the batteries on the move to get you home. There’s such a unpresuming premium, we think it’s still worthwhile, even with the larger battery. 

Commended 

Renault ZOE

Another EV that’s had a distance boost over the past year; the ZOE now claims up to 250 miles on a single custody. The car’s strength is still how normal it feels, with supermini dimensions, easy-to-use controls and epigrammatic dimensions that make it easy to park. It’s well specced for the money, with the addition of affordable monthly rates add to the appeal.

Tesla Model S

The Model S is still attracting new customers to moving motoring, and a constant stream of over-the-air updates means this is a car that continues to further, even for those motorists who’ve already bought one. Colossal range, jaw-dropping engagement and Tesla’s Supercharger infrastructure make it a stunning luxury EV choice. 

Auto Exhibit New Car Awards 2017

• Car of the Year 2017 • Coupe of the Year 2017
• City Car of the Year 2017 • Convertible of the Year 2017
• Supermini of the Year 2017 • Roadster of the Year 2017
• Compact One’s own flesh Car of the Year 2017 • Performance Car of the Year 2017
• Family Car of the Year 2017 • Compact Executive of the Year 2017
• Estate Car of the Year 2017 • Executive Car of the Year 2017
• MPV of the Year 2017 • Luxury Car of the Year 2017
• Small SUV of the Year 2017 • Van of the Year 2017
• Mid-vastness SUV of the Year 2017 • Electric Car of the Year 2017
• Large SUV of the Year 2017 • Technology Award 2017
• Premium SUV of the Year 2017 • Advertising Crusade of the Year 2017
• Large Premium SUV of the Year 2017 • Social Media Campaign of the Year 2017
• Pick-up of the Year 2017 • Car Draft Award 2017
• Hot hatch of the Year 2017 • Driver Power Award 2017

For complete, in-extent coverage of the 2017 New Car Awards, buy your collector’s edition copy of the Auto Express magazine now or click here to subscribe…


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