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BMW Created the Most Efficient Electric Car In the US 258

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 Scowler ( 667000 ) on Thursday May 01, 2014 @05:50PM (#46894261)
    We shouldn't really expect a full-size luxury car, with a huge range (ie heavy batteries) to hold this title in the first place.
  • Won what race? (Score:5, Insightful)

    by FF-Loucks ( 1671330 ) on Thursday May 01, 2014 @05:54PM (#46894309)
    The leaf is $6k less and 115 MPGe. 124 MPGe isn't going to save you $6k over the life of the car.
  • by Anonymous Coward on Thursday May 01, 2014 @06:20PM (#46894585)
    That's why you just buy the one that looks the coolest and use the numbers to rationalize your choice.
  • by hey! ( 33014 ) on Thursday May 01, 2014 @10:07PM (#46896181) Homepage Journal

    Sure, but why does every vehicle have to work for *everybody*?

    I've always liked small cars, but when I had kid tiny cars didn't work for me any more. It doesn't mean that small cars are *stupid*, they're not right for me at this particular phase of my life.

  • BMW won nothing (Score:4, Insightful)

    by horza ( 87255 ) on Friday May 02, 2014 @02:26AM (#46897155) Homepage

    BMW won nothing. Tesla won the electric car race by creating a car that has the range of a normal car, is faster than a normal car, and looks as good as any normal car. This is why it is scoring so high in consumer reports that cover ALL cars, not just electric vehicles.

    The BMW i3 has 1/3 of the range, does 0-60 in twice the time (7 seconds), and looks fugly. In my city we have dozens of public cars like this all over the city that anybody can jump into and use for €8/hour. I am sure lots of companies will buy it for staff than need to do local runs. Probably got a good market in local governments, councils and utility companies. Being one of the slowest production cars ever to hit the road will probably mean low insurance cost.

    It's apples and oranges. A bicycle is more efficient than either. It doesn't do the same job though.


  • by ericloewe ( 2129490 ) on Friday May 02, 2014 @05:03AM (#46897567)

    As much as I am a fan of Tesla, there is no way in hell that the superchargers get most of their power from their solar panels (unless they only charge a car per day).

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