Chicagoans Get Sneak Peek at 2013 BMW i3 Electric Car [Video]
If you found yourself in the Windy City last weekend, there’s a chance you saw a 2013 BMW i3 electric compact cruising down the streets about a year before it goes on sale. Presumably caught in the middle of filming a commercial, evidenced by the boom truck driving next to it, the i3 was seen completely uncamouflaged as it crossed into an intersection and onto YouTube infamy. While BMW has shot teaser trailers featuring the i3 city car and the BMW i8 sports car, most look like they were filmed abroad. On the road, the person who filmed the i3 on Wacker Drive in Chicago said it was completely silent. Judging by how much you don’t hear the i3 in this video, we’re not about to disagree. The i3 is an all-new rear-wheel drive electric vehicle with a 170 horsepower electric motor. The i3 will use lightweight carbon fiber reinforced plastic for most of its body structure, one of the first mass-production applications of CFRP. Range should be around 100 miles when production versions hit the streets. Check out the video below. Source: YouTube
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