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BMW's drive and range shows why they are leading the charge toward electric driving

Described by Top Gear as "the best small premium EV you can buy", the BMW i3's quirky exterior and unlikely design has critics raving.

BMW launched its first electric car in 2014 and the i3 was concocted to be sustainable from the ground up; a carbon fiber body shell, recycled materials and sustainable production processes including wind power, are all part of how the i3 comes to life.

The i3 uses kenaf material instead of petroleum-based plastics, a eucalyptus wood dash and olive leaf-tanned leather show that the car is technological and respectful of the environment.

The eucalyptus wood trim on the dashboard on which the large infotainment screen seems floating is a stand out physical feature.

It's range and how it drives, however, is what sets it apart from anything else on the market.

These technologies combine to reduce the weight of the car, giving the EV a better range.

In fact, the range and comfort of the i3 were singled out for praise by the reviewers on Cars.com.

The Drive

Going from 0 to 100 km/h in 6.9 seconds, when it comes to pure acceleration, this is sure to put a smile on your face.

At four metres long, you are seating high like an SUV, despite it looking more like a supermini.

Its large windows ensure great visibility meaning it is everything that you want in an electric vehicle.

The Range

The range is excellent and you can drive from one side of Ireland to the other with just a couple of quick charges - around 25 minutes depending on your driving style and the driving mode chosen.

More than a great EV, the BMW i3s is undoubtedly regarded as one of the best city cars out there, due to it being fun to drive, the aforementioned visibility and instant electric acceleration.

New incentives have been introduced such as 0% BIK (Benefit-in-Kind for fleet and business users) reduced tolls, and public charging ports which are free to use.

All of this adds to the very real possibility for the motorist to consider electric.

For more info on the BMW i3 and to book your test drive click here

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