Presented by Green Car Journal, the awards recognize environmental leadership in the automotive field. In contention in this year’s edition were the Chevrolet Impala Bi-Fuel; the Audi A3 TDI; the Honda Fit; and the Volkswagen Golf. The BMW i3 was the only electric car in contention. The i3 is BMW’s first plug-in electric vehicle.
The BMW i3 can hit 100km/h in just 7.2 seconds, has a 170hp electric motor and a range of 130-160km on a single charge. The very low centre of gravity in the i3 means drivers can expect the same driving dynamics as BMW’s petrol powered cars. Its handling and performance characteristics make it stand apart from the other electric cars currently on the market. The i3 can also be specified with an optional 650cc gas engine that can be used to re-charge the battery and boost range, but not as a replacement for electric power.
BMW is also offering owners who may suffer from “range anxiety”, the option to borrow a more traditionally powered BMW for that longer journey, leaving the i3 on charge for the daily commute. The i3 won because of its zero emissions at the point of use and crucially because of the high percentage of sustainably produced materials used in the car’s construction.