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      04-06-2014, 01:54 PM   #138
First Lieutenant

Drives: 2016 M3
Join Date: Jul 2013
Location: Birmingham, AL

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I hate the religion of hybrids but have come to understand and appreciate hybrid technology. The torque characteristics of electric motors allow for excellent acceleration while the engine can be small since it only needs sufficient power to maintain cruising speeds. The engine also increases range without the need for heavy batteries.

For around town town use, a fully electric solution works well (i3).

For a performance GT for trips, with current battery technology, hybrids work well (i8).

I too like the Tesla but for long trips would not like to have 30 minute stops along my journey for charging.

I think BMW understands the need to catch people's eye and minds thus the styling of the i3. If it looked like just another car, it technological difference might be easily dismissed. Some people will see cuteness in its styling. Lord knows how many Fiat 500s have been sold due to its cuteness because it is a lousy driving car.
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