Founded in 1916 and a fixture of the luxury market, Bayerische Motoren Werke AG is known around the world although most of us prefer BMW. In 2011 BMW started the BMW-i sub-brand to launch their plug in vehicle program. BMW produced futuristic vehicles prototypes under this label which many assumed early on would be toned down for their production versions. But they went out looking almost identical to their prototype brethern and are now two of the most unique vehicles on the road. Sadly the i8 is a hybrid which means it doesn't qualify for this list, but for I was able to sneak one into the background of an i3.
The i3 provides drivers with good range and those still with range anxiety have the option of upgrading their electric vehicle into a plug-in hybrid like the Chevy Volt. The concept behind this vehicle is fantastic as it allows people to rely on this vehicle for their commute and weekend trips all while preparing the population for an electric future. The list of companies using this car in their fleets is very impressive. I may have gone overboard with the emergency vehicle pictures, sorry if load times are long as a result.
Key Stats: 19 kWh | 0-60 in 7.2 | 97 (130 hp) | 540 Nm | EPA 131 km
No, Research isn't an electric vehicle that you haven't heard of. But what you may not have known is that BMW has been preparing for the day when they launch their first consumer electric vehicle program since the 1970s. While these aren't consumer models, the length of their development program is so impressive it's made the cut. In certain areas the Mini E, and BMW active E (a converted 1 series) actually made it on the road in a limited lease arrangement. As far as I know, nobody made a movie about them forcing leasees to return their vehicles. I'll be back to organize these when I have a bit more time.