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The BMW i3 was launched last year but is already available in the UK. I very much enjoyed driving it, although briefly. Not only is it an amazing car, but th…
*BMW i3 | Fully Charged*
This weeks *Fully Charged* reveals the newly launched BMW i3, nothing short
of a game changer.
I know there has already been some debate of the ‘drag race’ featured when
I drove the car around Brands Hatch. Was the traction control on the BMW M3
turned off (my guess is yes) but what it shows without question is this
small, ‘city’ hatchback is no slouch.
Yes, they’re expensive, yes, they have all the limitations of electric
vehicles but as I am constantly learning, those limitations are dropping
like autumn leaves.
When you take in total running costs over say, 10 years, electric cars are
embarrassingly cheap. Very low maintenance, the battery will outlast the
car, the ‘engine’ has one moving part as opposed to 400 -1,000.
Have a look.
Great video, and cool car. Still, as for population control, one could
remove all Americans and British citizens and not make a dent in the
problem. Someone needs to call China and India to get the ball rolling.
Most modern families are already having less than one child on average.
3:48 hang on a minute, so how does the shell find its way into Leipzig?
Through a 100% ecomentalistfriendly means of teleportation? No? I thought
so. Stop spitting rubbish please. And to think that I have to contribute to
this nonsense through government contributions.
BMW i3 | Fully Charged via Robert Llewellyn
The range is hopeless, even with the lawnmower engine in the boot.
Its not a looker though, is it?
It looks like a SUV that got shrunk.
Aluminium passenger compartment? I thought the passenger cell was CRP. This
was what all the fuss was about with this car, productionised carbon fibre
based passenger cell! Aluminium one has been done already i think in the
way ahead of its time Audi A2.
I was s happy for you to bad it was pouring out. I know you had a lot of
fun just the same but it would of been a little more enlightening to be
more sure footed.
+Jason Munro, I’m thinking the goal wasn’t to have perfect competition but
to give the driver’s an experience they wouldn’t forget.
How did those skinny tires handle the wet road – how well did the i3 grip
Great show as usual! I was looking forward to you reviewing the i3.
Glad to see you’re making vids again!
An i3 with the range extender engine has to be the next car for me. An
excellent vehicle that will be so cheap to run compared with my 2003 Audi
A6 Avant dual fuel Petrol/LPG.
Awesome – any price compared to say the Leaf?
expensive joke with no range.
trouble is with these electric cars they make them look really weird and
most of them aren’t that nice to look at (not saying all) so it puts people
off driving them. they are really good ideas though and with in time they
are getting so much better :)
what a great episode! :)
Sorry but I have wanted to say this for a while now. I enjoy fully charged
since it is a different kind of Auto Show and a very needed one. But please
Mr. Robert Llewellyn – I think it would be such an extra bonus to the shows
if you could get a few track/driving courses – Because after all FC is
focused on cars.
I know it is not something that is absolutely necessary to make the show
work – Most of the shows work quite well and the main message of going
green comes though, but there is always that little ehh! when it comes
around automotive enthusiasm. Looking at what is coming to the market of
new EV´s and Hybrids I think knowing a little bit more about driving,
handling etc. would be a great addition to review the cars.
As an example this i3 show was unfortunately not one of the best Fully
Charged episodes I have seen. Too little car shown and too much face being
slightly scared of going to the BMW test. Compare this FC i3 vid to the one
made by XCAR and there is such a huge difference in the attitude, the
information delivered and the questions being raised and answered – And
XCAR is after all a fairly traditional “Petrol Heads” car channel – But
their presentation made a much better promotion for the i3 and clarifying
why one would opt for an i3 or not – all leading to promote an EV.
And honestly the i3 is not just any new EV, it is by far the most
sustainable production car in the world right now, so it deserves some
Not knowing what an M3 is simply making any car enthusiast run away pulling
their hairs out and shaking their heads of such an automotive incompetence
and lack of knowledge in automotive history. Please fully charged you need
to get the show to go one notch up to reach a bigger audience and to
promote green driving.
I wish you good wind in 2014 and I hope the shows will become better and
contain more depth to the issues portrayed.
The great Robert Llewellyn tests a BMW i3. I will buy one when I move to
Houston to be near my daughter.
The advert was odd to say the least… but the thing that striked me the
most was that after all the doom and gloom they show the 2 electric cars *completely
alone* on the streets of the megacity. Wait, what? You just said that there
will be an over population of cars on the roads in the future. At least
show the electric cars sitting in grid lock lol
Except the i8 is a dumb combustion engine car. Not the right drivetrain
type like i3 has. Which I think was a big mistake.
It’s interesting they are willing to humiliate their M3 a little bit. I
wonder if HQ approved that.
As for the advert, stupid kneejerk interpretations of what an electric car
is are very common, certainly among the old garde of automakers. Some
obtuse people just see the electric car as a reminder of problems and they
want to be mean to it whereas better minds see it as a lovely solution to
problems. Envisioning the i3 as a city car is a classic stupidity. And
imbuing it with dystopian city growth is completely organic to that
stupidity. Death and destruction should be themes in their ICE car ads
where they belong.
That’s the difficulty the old garde has. To tell the truth about how great
electric cars are you have to tell the truth about how terrible most of
their own products are. And evil man has a hard time with that So he
makes up defensive illusions in his mind like ‘city car’.
BMW doesn’t quite understand what their i-line means for their old cars.
What is the charging station availability like in London? Are more and more
places putting up EV charging points? Are EV’s exempt from congestion
charging? Glad to see you back on YT looking forward to more videos!
Hi Robert would really love an electric car but can’t afford the high price
of a new one, would you recommend a secondhand model. I see the first
generation Leaf with low miles are about £10,000 now,would these be a good
buy and what should I look out for when buying a used electric car. Thanks
I do believe those 2 BMWs drove by a Soylent Green dispenser. Mr. Robert
Fully Charged Llewellyn, I just looked up the prices for the base i3 and
base 60kw Model S before tax incentives. In the US its $49,000 for the BMW
and $71,000 for the Tesla. I think Elon and his team put together the best
overall package for the price. Remember, there was a 40kw version at one
time that retailed for $59,000. For 10 grand more you would’ve had greater
range, far more luggage space, faster acceleration, greater collision
protection and dare I say a more attractive car. The i3 is a better choice
if you want to look funky while parking in a small garage.
Nice film, i hope they’ll lend you one and you can do a proper real world
review over a period of time !!!
GM was first. lol
one of the best electric car
By the way, the commercial you showed us was the most depressing, off
putting, negativity based ad I have ever seen for a product. Anyone would
think it was an ad for not buying a car, having a baby or living for the
next 37 years because it is too much on the planet. Who came up with such a
When will you test the i8?
BMW i3 Electric car vs M3. hmmm
I am not normally a BMW fan, but this actually makes me want to have one.
Jealous of +Robert Llewellyn
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