Switching over to electric cars can be a difficult choice to make. For some, the sound and feel of a combustion engine are too enjoyable to give up. But with electronic engines growing more efficient and powerful, switching over to an electronic car such as the BMW i3 has become more appealing.
We understand that researching the pros and cons of purchasing all-Electric Vehicles, or EVs, is time-consuming. That’s why we’ve put together this list of the top reasons for switching over to a BMW i3.
The BMW i3 offers a luxurious alternative to BMW’s regular combustion engine automobiles for the environmentally conscious. Even with the purchase of an optional “Range Extender” that adds a small petrol engine, which charges the battery as you drive and acts as a backup when your i3 runs out of charge, the i3 produces significantly fewer carbon emissions.
The materials BMW uses to construct the i3 are sustainable as well. Recycled plastics and other renewable materials utilized by the design team allow for an environmentally safe option compared to other eco-friendly vehicles. Coupled with BMW’s environmentally friendly production processes, this makes the i3 the pinnacle of sustainable engineering.
Compared to other EVs like the Chevrolet Bolt or Nissan Leaf, the BMW i3 beats the competition with one single charge. A total of 153 miles per charge places the i3 above lower-end EVs. With one overnight charge, you’ll have power to and from work with some leftover.
The only other EV lineup that beats the i3 in mileage is Tesla’s higher-end models like the Model S and the Model X. However, not even Tesla’s economic choice beats the i3. The Tesla Model 3 only gets 118 MPGe compared to the i3’s 152 MPGe, without the range extender option added.
The U.S. Department of Energy can cover up to $7,500 of your i3 purchase if you qualify for a tax discount. Government subsidies will vary with your situation, but you should always look for such a great incentive when purchasing an EV.
Also, electric engines can save you about $741 in annual costs for gasoline. That’s a total of $4,446 saved in over six years! A car that’s easy on your wallet and the environment is the deal of a lifetime.
BMW’s i3 lives up to the brand’s legacy for fast, fun, and responsive cars. With 170-181 HP depending on whether you buy the i3 or i3s, the EV can reach speeds of 60 MPH in less than 7 seconds flat. For the i3, power does come at a cost for an environmentally sustainable engine.
We also want to mention how agile the i3 is. City dwellers can seamlessly cruise around in their i3’s with agility and maneuverability: this is thanks to the i3’s small turn circle compared to other small compact cars, making this vehicle a must for city-bound drivers.
The i3 comes with multiple charging options whether you’re at home, at work, shopping, or out dining with loved ones. If you’re out in the city, finding a public charging station shouldn’t be a problem. Charge your i3 to 80% in less than 40 minutes with a Level 3 DC charger.
Also, with BMW’s Turbo Charge Cord included with your i3, you can charge your EV in 13 hours overnight. That’s only a few dollars for a full battery charge ready for your regular morning commute. If you’d instead charge your i3 at work, then opt for a Level 2 charger and fully charge your i3 in less than 6.5 hours.
Like all of BMW’s models, the i3 comes equipped with top-of-the-line electronics. The entertainment system options include a gorgeous LED screen on your dash and speedometer, with another selection for Bluetooth ApplePlay capabilities. Heated seats and sat-nav are also optional packages for the driver who can spend a little extra.
After buying your i3, you’ll need a mechanic with expertise in your model. Masters European & Japanese Auto Repair is your leader in these speciality cars. Switching over to a higher-end vehicle means higher-end maintenance. At Masters European & Japanese Auto Repair, our mechanics are ASE-certified and ready to take on any problems with your BMW. With over 50 years of experience, your satisfaction and happiness are our number one priority. Call today to schedule a service for your European or Japanese import.
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