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Friday 18 April 2014

BMW reveals its all-new electric car

BMW's new electric car the i3

THIS is the first all-electric car - the i3 - made by BMW which was unveiled in London, New York and Beijing today.

It gets here in November and will cost from €33,160. It would cost €10,000 more only for a €5,000 VRT rebate and a Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) grant.

It may be electric but this rear-wheel drive car develops 170bhp - the equivalent of a large diesel or petrol engine.

Powerful lithium-ion batteries, tucked into the underbody, provide the propulsion.

The car can cover 120km on one charge but more expensive models will be able to go further thanks to a special 'range extender' (a small engine to charge the batteries).

BMW Ireland are declining  to predict how many people will buy one.

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