So I’m a massive fan of Telsa, and I would love to own a Model S at some point in the future. What they’ve achieved has made every other car company in the world sit up and review their strategy.
I suspect the future for all of us is a highly efficient car for everyday driving and for the lucky few, something less efficient to play with at the weekends. But for most of us range is the issue which stops us from leaping into an electric vehicle. There are plenty of them to choose from and with government and manufacturer grants they often make great financial sense too.
Is range really an issue though? For me I’m not sure it is. My daily commute tends to be between 5 and 50 miles (depending on which office I’m). If it’s the shorter trip then sometimes I cycle (and yes an electric bike has crossed my mind too!) and if it’s the longer commute then the train is also an option.
When it initially came out in 2013, the BMW i3 looked like a bit of a joke car to me. But it has really grown on me and second hand i3’s are starting to fall within budget. I can’t say I knew much about them until recently but now I know that the ‘official’ range is around 80 miles on the batteries it’s become more intriguing. Ok so in real work driving it might be nearer to 60 miles, but for me (and probably the vast majority of commuters) that’s still sufficiently for around 90% of my journeys.
I am really intrigued. Perhaps someone from the BMW team will read this and offer me a demonstrator for a week so I can try it out and report back to readers of this blog (please BMW pretty please!). I might even film it for some added exposure! Then perhaps I’ll be able to tell you whether this is the future!
But while I wait for an email from the press office, here’s a video from Matt Farah of Smoking tyre. Enjoy.