A BMW i3 has joined the Autocar long-term test fleet. I, for one, frequently drive into central London, we have electric charging points in the office car park and I only have a three-mile commute. In short, it mostly fits into my life perfectly and I intend to take full advantage.
Of course, the i3 isn’t perfect. Despite all of its clever technology, advanced carbonfibre materials, body-on-frame chassis and the rest it still only manages a similar range to all of the more traditional EVs now on sale: the Nissan Leaf and Renault Zoe for example.
I also think that the ride quality could be more supple. Mind you, our car is wearing 20-inch wheels.
But I love the way the i3 articulates modernity. I also love the way the interior manages to convey lightness. It also happens to be a great perch from which to view the passing urban landscape.
Most of all I think the i3 signifies an important fact: that BMW is currently far and away the most innovate German car maker. Maybe the the most innovative full stop.