Thursday, May 1, 2014

Breaking: BEV i3's Arrive At Dealers Monroney Label Revealed

As expected, the i3 is officially the Most Efficient Car in America. The 81 miles per charge range is a bit disappointing though.


BMW has just now released the BEV i3's from the ports and they are en-route to dealers. The i3's with range extenders have not been released and will remain at the ports a little longer. The common belief it that the EPA range certification for the REx hasn't been finalized yet so the REx cars need to wait a little longer at the port.

The BEV i3 is rated at 81 miles per charge, which is somewhat of a disappointment, but the efficiency figures are off-the-charts good. 138 MPGe City, 111 MPGe Highway and 124 MPGe Combined. That makes the BEV i3 the most efficient automobile on the road in America, and by a good margin. More on this later, I just wanted to get this up as it was breaking.

Below are the top 10 most fuel efficient automobiles for 2014 as listed by FuelEconomy.gov


Top 10 Most Fuel Efficient Automobiles For 2014 As Listed By FuelEconomy.gov

9 comments:

  1. How about the government crash ratings to the right of the picture? How many stars?

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    1. It hasn't been crash tested yet. I don't expect to see that happen for a few months. Many cars are introduced before they are crash tested.

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    2. It is to note that the European NCAP has tested the version sold there. The results are here:
      http://www.euroncap.com/results/bmw/i3/533.aspx

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  3. It is really sad to think that most plug-in electric vehicles are in certain states like California and New York. It is especially bad for people like us who live in Indiana and have EXTREMELY limited options. Leaf, Volt, i3, Model S, that's it! Are you frickin' kidding me?!

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    1. You probably have a few extra options, such as the Panamera SE-Hybrid, the ELR, the Prius Plugin, the Energi twins (soon a trio), maybe even a Focus EV :)

      I'm sure if you have half a million in a tin can somewhere that Mercedes will be happy to oblige with an SLS AMG E-Drive. ;)

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  4. Hey Tom
    I know you know a couple of people in Jersey with a RAV4 EV. How did they get it, considering it's only sold in Cali?

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    1. The people I know here that have them bought them used.

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  5. Hi Tom,

    Please explain how Tesla S P85 figures are calculated.

    If I am right, 124 MPGe for the i3 corresponds to 27.18 kWh/100 mi, stated in energy label as 27. That gives: 0.81 (EPA range/100) x 27.18 = 22 kWh which is close to the correct gross capacity of the battery (21.6).

    When it comes to Model S, following the same reasoning we have:
    89 MPGe = 37.87 kWh/100 mi, which leads to, according to the official 265 mi EPA range, 100.4 kWh gross capacity (!!!), compared to the 85 kWh battery pack the say to have.
    Did I miss anything? Am I the only one that thinks that Tesla figures are way overpromising? Any good explanation to this?

    Thanks.

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