Some folks are naturally chatty. If you’re one of them and enjoy striking up conversations with complete strangers, it’s a safe bet you’ll like the BMW i3.
The reason is simple: This compact hatchback’s extraterrestrial golf cart styling is unique enough that even people who don’t know anything about cars are likely to comment on it.
BMW has poured some serious cutting-edge technology into it, starting with the body formed out of lightweight carbon fiber. Engine models include a choice between a battery-only powertrain and one with a tiny two-cylinder gasoline engine, referred to as a range-extender, that serves only to recharge the car’s batteries.
On the road, this combination of advanced materials and zippy electric drivetrain make the i3 more entertaining than you might expect.
While the BMW i3 is not a one-size-fits-all transportation solution, it makes a fine way to get around. Not to mention being a great icebreaker.
Ask most people about buying an all-electric car and you’re likely to hear a list of excuses. Well, the Chevrolet Bolt takes those arguments and negates them one-by-one.
First of all, they are not slow. The electric motor propelling this compact hatchback delivers power instantaneously the moment you step on the accelerator. It’s not a stretch to say the Bolt feels quick.
Driving range is another common anxiety. The Environmental Protection Agency lists range on a full charge at 259 miles, which should get most anybody through their day. Recharging takes about nine hours from a normal 240-volt household-style outlet, and a fraction of that time from Level 2 or 3 chargers.
The final hurdle for most people is the price tag. While the Bolt isn’t cheap, dealer incentives and government rebates can bring the price down.
All of which makes the Chevrolet Bolt a lot more attractive than you might have thought.
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