HAS anyone seen Swampy lately?
I’d like to consider he’s got a good corporate nine-to-five in the rodent race somewhere, after realising that sitting in a tree doesn’t compensate the bills.
If he has, he’s substantially got a BMW i3.
We all know that electric cars save on fuel and gases but the i3 goes serve than that. Eighty per cent of the aluminium is recycled — from 560 splash cans.
The lurch and doorway panels are done from seagrass and unbleached eucalyptus wood.
The centre console is recycled plastic. The leather seats are dark-skinned using an olive root extract, not chemicals. The newcomer dungeon is CO fibre-reinforced plastic.
Even the German i3 bureau runs on breeze power.
The pivotal difference here are responsible, renewable or recycled resources. Add rather costly to that list and that’s the i3.
It’s a matter automobile — a very cool, feel-good matter automobile — but it starts at £30k.
Now BMW is flourishing the i3 family with the sportier i3s, accessible as electric-only or with a operation extender (tiny two-cylinder petrol engine).
I’ve just driven the electric one. It sits reduce and wider and has some-more energy than the customary i3 but eventually has reduction range.
It’s the homogeneous of 184hp and 270Nm torque, with that additional force many conspicuous between 50mph and 70mph. It’s a lot of fun.
Nippy, rear-drive, shining BMW steering, turns on a six-pence and the regenerative braking when you lift the accelerator means you frequency ever hold the brake.
As for range, pattern 120 miles per charge. That’s genuine world, not in a lab.
Other all-electric cars like the Nissan Leaf have a bigger 40kWh battery and go further.
But that’s a Nissan, not a Beemer. Which would you prefer?
And what creates the i3 so special is the design. The rear-hinged back doors open like a Rolls-Royce. And that overwhelming eco-cabin we mentioned progressing is modern, ample and top quality. Like a loft space.
One last thing. BMW is now operative to recycle sea plastics as front wings.
We dump 9 million tonnes of plastic into the seas and rivers every year — and if we continue to do nothing, there will be some-more plastic than fish.
Sounds like a goal for Swampy.
Price: £32,475 (including £4,500 grant)
Power: 33kWh battery
0-62mph: 6.9 secs
Top speed: 99mph
Range: 125 miles