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BMW Created the Most Efficient Electric Car In the US 258

Posted by timothy
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cartechboy (2660665) writes "You think of efficient electric car and you probably think of the Tesla Model S, right? Well, you'd be wrong as the Model S is only rated at 89 MPGe. As of today, BMW now has the most efficient electric car sold in the U.S., the 2014 i3. The ratings were just posted to the Internet via a window sticker, and at 124 MPGe combined (138 MPGe city, 111 MPGe highway), the i3 is currently king of the efficiency race. The nearest competitor? The 2013 Scion iQ-EV with a 38 mile range and 121 MPGe rating, but it's not even available to the general public. Other competitors are mostly compliance cars such as the Chevrolet Spark EV and Fiat 500e. So where does that leave us? Well, BMW just won the race, for now. But how long until a competitor takes away that top spot?"
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BMW Created the Most Efficient Electric Car In the US

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  • by avandesande (143899) on Thursday May 01, 2014 @05:40PM (#46894141) Journal

    for mentioning the range of the scion and none of the other vehicles

  • Whatevs, yo (Score:4, Interesting)

    by garote (682822) on Thursday May 01, 2014 @06:09PM (#46894459) Homepage

    I've been getting five or six times this efficiency for years!

    "A person riding a bicycle at 15 miles per hour (24 km per hour) burns 0.049 calories per pound per minute. So a 175-pound (77-kg) person burns 515 calories in an hour, or about 34 calories per mile (about 21 calories per km). A gallon of gasoline (about 4 liters) contains about 31,000 calories. If a person could drink gasoline, then a person could ride about 912 miles on a gallon of gas (about 360 km per liter).
    ( Source: HowStuffWorks website )

  • Re:Tesla still wins (Score:2, Interesting)

    by viperidaenz (2515578) on Thursday May 01, 2014 @06:25PM (#46894643)

    Your friends Chevy can have $10 keys used by a car thief with a $100 pocket sized ebay programmer to bypass the immobiliser in under a minute.

  • Re:Whatevs, yo (Score:5, Interesting)

    by unrtst (777550) on Thursday May 01, 2014 @06:47PM (#46894791)

    And this is relevant to people who drive cars how? Don't get me wrong, I love bikes, they're just not a realistic option for everyone and all situations.

    Seems pretty relevant since so many comments are about what MPGe means, and we're (mostly) all geeks.
    It's also relevant since the range of these things (38 miles for the Scion; 81 for the BMW) are less than my overweight ass can do on a bike in a day... especially on that low end, it's very relevant. If you can go no further than 38 miles without a recharge, then you're probably not trying to push that envelope and, in many cases, you'd be doing a round trip (go somewhere, do something, get home, probably shooting for less than 30 miles). That's well within the biking sweet spot.

    You can't carry as much luggage (though the scion really doesn't hold much either), and you can't easily have a passenger, and rain and other inclement situations suck a lot more, and it can be slightly more scary to ride one on the highway than the scion, but bikes have a much better MPG*, similar range, and significantly lower sticker price and TCO.

    I'm glad garote posted that... I've always been a bit curious about that figure. My hunch, when I was riding a LOT, was that I wasn't really saving any money because my calories cost way more than a gallon of gas, and my intake went up significantly. This approaches an answer to that question... not exactly the same question, but interesting.

  • by macpacheco (1764378) on Thursday May 01, 2014 @07:02PM (#46894877)

    You can start by comparing the i3 with a more equivalent Tesla:
    85 kWh = 265 mile range (3.11 miles / kWh)
    60 kWh = 208 mile range (3.47 miles / kWh)
    40 kWh = 160 mile range (4 miles / kWh) should be around 114 mpge
    the 40 kWh Tesla was never produced, too little demand, people want a real electric car, not an expensive toy.

  • Re:Won what race? (Score:4, Interesting)

    by Ralph Wiggam (22354) on Thursday May 01, 2014 @07:03PM (#46894891) Homepage

    It's not just a great electric car, it's a great car. But I'm a function over form kind of guy. The bug eye headlights push air out of the way so that at highway speeds the side view mirrors sit in a bubble of low pressure, greatly decreasing air resistance and improving range. The squared off shape allow the interior to seat 4 adults comfortably while leaving a good amount of cargo space.

    You seriously don't know how obnoxious engine noise and gear changes are until you drive without them. It's like floating on a cloud.

  • by timeOday (582209) on Thursday May 01, 2014 @07:38PM (#46895237)
    The Scion shouldn't even be mentioned, because it's not a real product [thecarconnection.com]:

    Even dedicated Scion iQ fans are unlikely to see the little electric iQ version; that's because it will only be offered to fleets that can use a very short-distance electric car. Its EPA-rated range of just 38 miles isn't likely to appeal to many buyers, so Toyota's zero-emission "compliance car" will instead be the Toyota RAV4 EV with a range of 103 miles from its Tesla-engineered electric powertrain.

  • by mattack2 (1165421) on Thursday May 01, 2014 @09:01PM (#46895855)

    My smart electric is an expensive toy? About $26500 out the door, but I got $10K back in federal tax rebate (not deduction) and state rebate (not actually a tax rebate, a separate project that simply sent me a check).

    Even without those, it's great not having to go to gas stations, or do oil changes, etc. Plus, I happen to get free charging at work, but I'd buy it even without that.

  • by mrchaotica (681592) * on Thursday May 01, 2014 @10:31PM (#46896303)

    For example, new diesel vehicles are touted as great for mileage. However, if one factors in the repair costs, and the need to use DEF as a second fuel, the gap can close between a TDI vehicle versus a hybrid or even a plain old gasser.

    Quit spreading lies and FUD. First of all, most diesels, including many new "clean diesels" (e.g. the VW Golf/Jetta/Beetle) do not use diesel exhaust fluid (DEF)*. Second, there's nothing inherent to diesels that make them have higher repair costs than "plain old gassers" other than the turbo (and lots of new gassers these days -- like the Ford Ecoboost -- have turbos too).

    The real reason why diesels have an undeserved reputation for being expensive to repair is that most of them in the US have been made by VW or Mercedes, but they're expensive to repair because they're German, not because they're diesel!

    (*Even some of the "bluetec" engines do not, in fact, use DEF even though they're named after it.)

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