We're big fans of electric cars, being vehicles that run on clean energy and all, but we're also incredibly sensitive to design. When we first caught wind that BMW was getting into the electric car business, we hopped around ecstatically like little schoolgirls.
But those were concept renders. BMW took the wraps off its new BMW i series vehicles and both of them look futuristically gorgeous — or at least as true to a BMW as a car from the future can look.
First up is the SUV-like BMW i3 with rear-wheel-drive (originally called the MegaCity) carved from aluminum and carbon-fiber reinforced plastics. It has room for eight passengers (four up front and four in the back) and a liquid-cooled lithium-ion battery. It's capable of 170 horsepower, tops out at 93 MPH and can go from 0-60 in less than eight seconds. Expected mileage should run around 80-100 miles on a single charge.
Next up is the BMW i8 with four-wheel-drive, the hybrid car with a 1.5-liter three-cylinder engine that powers the rear wheels and a electric motor that powers the front. The BMW i8 also has 220 horsepower and a "perfect 50/50 weight distribution."
I'll cut it short right here and let you ogle at all the curves on the BMW i series in gallery below. We don't suppose these bad boys will be affordable for the regular worker bee, but those rich bees are the ones who are driving around those gas guzzling Hummers, anyway.