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      12-12-2012, 09:52 AM   #67
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Like. However, the price of this car vs gas equivalent will be substantially higher. On top of that, add cost of electricity and still unknown reliability and life expectancy of the batteries and power train components.
This car will only win if sold at the price or close to the price of its equivalent gas competition. Otherwise it will be exotic like tesla and others. No win for us consumers no win for electric cars.
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      12-12-2012, 10:23 AM   #68
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Cool!

Probably going to see alot of them here. Because of the tax system EV are selling alot (almost 3% marked share, Nissan Leaf nr 13 on the best seller list and Norway is the second largest marked after the US for Tesla).
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      12-12-2012, 01:56 PM   #69
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I honestly don't know what you all are looking at. I love love love BMW, but this i3, is fugly! I know the driving will be great, as any BMW, but aesthetically, I'd rather a volt! And that's saying a lot because the volt is ugly too.
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      12-12-2012, 02:19 PM   #70
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Those wheels are going to take some getting used to ...
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      12-12-2012, 03:55 PM   #71
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Compared to I-MIEV and Leaf its Star Wars meets Charlie Chaplin.
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      12-13-2012, 08:59 AM   #73
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I really think that in order for the I3 to succeed, the important factor of range must be solve. Infrastructures in big cities in the US like New York, Chicago, maybe LA (not sure), are not ready and that's going to take time to develop if they do decide to build it.

I understand the electric version is limited to 100 miles but if there is a range extender it's crucial that target for it is 200+ miles whle giving great fuel economy.
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      12-14-2012, 10:03 AM   #76
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I really think that in order for the I3 to succeed, the important factor of range must be solve. Infrastructures in big cities in the US like New York, Chicago, maybe LA (not sure), are not ready and that's going to take time to develop if they do decide to build it.

I understand the electric version is limited to 100 miles but if there is a range extender it's crucial that target for it is 200+ miles whle giving great fuel economy.
That's a big problem for all EVs. It's one of the reasons I think Tesla is going to be a market leader. They're building "Supercharger" stations all over California that can provide 150 miles from 30 minutes of charging. That's still nothing compared to a petrol powered car, but it's a huge improvement over other EVs that have to return home, or take several hours on standard outlets (assuming you can find one). I kind of wish that other manufacturers would step to the plate and come up with a similar solution, but I'm not holding my breath.

IMO, Li-ion powered EVs are a temporary solution. In order for EVs to become truly mainstream, there must be a breakthrough in battery technology, not unlike what the transistor did for electronics. The challenge is that the physics of chemical storage are pretty mature. No one is expecting any big breakthroughs. I guess that will make it all that much more exciting when it happens
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I really think that in order for the I3 to succeed, the important factor of range must be solve. Infrastructures in big cities in the US like New York, Chicago, maybe LA (not sure), are not ready and that's going to take time to develop if they do decide to build it.

I understand the electric version is limited to 100 miles but if there is a range extender it's crucial that target for it is 200+ miles whle giving great fuel economy.
Range extender option means you can drive the car while a gas generator charges the batteries. Thus no range limitation because you can just stop and fill up if you take a long trip or run out of juice.
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