No wonder why this car is flying off the shelves like hot cakes. All electric and then gas backup to power only the electric motor giving over 70 MPG! Let’s not forget luxury and refinement not seen in other electrics. Last year alone they sold almost half off what the Nissan Leaf has sold worldwide.
The Drive Module, which is constructed out of 100% aluminum, consists of the 22-kWh, 450 lb. lithium-ion battery, electric drive train, MacPherson struts and 5-link rear suspension system (plus structural and crash components). Just to be clear these were great struts and shocks in the winter snow too.
The stability to the car is added with the battery packs holding down the vehicle in the rear; close to the drive wheels. This totally gives an impressive ride: way better than expected. Forget it driving like a BMW but in the winter test it had way better traction than expected.
Drove Superbowl Sunday Night and it Snowed. no problem!
As I wrote in my review on Answers.com
Driven and tested during Superbowl weekend: the official 2015 BMW i3 all – electric with range extender car launch. The BMW i3 range extender (REx) is an interesting car in many ways. The all EV drive system is very impressive. It gets 80 miles all electric and 85 miles gas backup or fill up. 85 percent of all trips are within that range, so the majority of the time it’s all EV.
For the entire review on Answers.com