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. 

In the past 12 months we’ve had the i3, the i8 range extender sports car, a new Mini, a Rolls-Royce Wraith and a front-wheel-drive MPV that is a 180-degree turn from the rest of the BMW line-up. 

You may find holes to pick in all of these vehicles. But it would be good to see similar originality and bravery from Audi and Mercedes at least.