Although electrified vehicles remain a tiny percentage of the total new car market, automakers around the globe continue to create hybrids, plug-in hybrids, and electrics cars at a fast and feverous pace. That investment continues the rapid improvement of the technologies in these vehicles and their appeal to both early adopters and new car buyers looking for a greener option.
BMW may be better known for its diesel technology and of course its performance cars, but the German luxury brand is up to its lederhosen in hybrids and EVs. Its portfolio now includes plug-in hybrid versions of the 3 Series, 5 Series, 7 Series, X5 and X6 SUVs, its i8 plug-in hybrid six-figure supercar and this little 4-door runabout, the 2017 BMW i3.
A standout in the EV and plug-in hybrid segment, the 2017 BMW i3 competes against the Nissan Leaf, Chevy Volt and Bolt, Toyota Prius Prime, Mercedes-Benz B250e and the Audi A3 Sportback e-tron.
Let's take a closer look at the 2017 BMW i3.