The time has come for you to get your own company fleet. There are many things to take into consideration. First of all, its appearance must match and promote the character of your company and after that you have to worry about its fuel consumption and economy, taxes, maintenance etc.. Taking these into account, the new BMW i3 is the first that comes in mind! Considering that BMW company car tax is already low, with this car, the customers already know it’s what they’re looking for, for their companies.
First of all, BMW i3 amazes you with its unique appearance. Its logo and the front bumper are the only connections it has to other models of the German branch. It is something intentional though, in order to emphasize its uniqueness.
Pretty compact in size, it is no more than 4 meters in length and it is unusually tall for a BMW. It also features really thin tires on its 19 inch wheels. Many would say that it’s futuristic or even eccentric but one thing is for sure: there is no chance it will pass unnoticed.
The chassis and bodywork are a completely new technology. The first is actually made of plastic that has been reinforced with carbon. This is a kind of material that, according to BMW not only does it not alter the standard of safety, compared with more conventional materials in the automotive industry but it also enhances rigidity. In addition, it reduces the car weight by 30%, compared to one with an aluminum frame.
The German brand has said repeatedly that its main preoccupation wasn’t the creation of another electric car but the creation of an electric BMW, keeping the quality level as high as ever.
Regarding its performance, the number of 125 kW/170 hp with a torque of 250 Nm is pretty enlightening. Its electric motor delivers really fast so you can even think of it as an excessively fast car for in-city driving. It needs only 3,7 seconds to go from 0-37 mph and 7,2 to go from 0-62 mph!
The batteries weigh 230 kg and are placed on its floor. They consist of 96 pieces that can be replaced separately in case of damage. Moreover, they are accompanied by a guarantee for six years or 10.000 miles by Samsung, its manufacturer.
The total capacity reaches up to 22 kWh and ensures that the i3’s autonomous for 80-100 miles. On a side note though, the minimum of the 80 miles can be achieved by using the “Comfort” mode. By choosing the “Eco Pro+” mode, air-conditioning is disabled and the maximum speed is limited at 50 mph, its autonomy can reach up to 124 miles.
In the final analysis, this car provides everything you would need for your company fleet as both its appearance and economy in fuel and taxes make it the car you should be looking for.