Since BMW i came into being in 2013, electric pioneers all over the world have been driving, living and sharing our vision of future mobility. On social media platforms they open up their personal spaces, tell us their electric stories and share moments of everyday life with the BMW i3.


„Be the beginning.“

I had the fortune of being part of the BMW pilot program for electric cars from it’s very beginning in 2009. Here I am 7 years later. Driving electric really changed my life. It’s always been sublime to partake in this pioneering mindset. And I just couldn’t wait to pass the torch. So when I initiated the first electric car meets at my restaurant in New Jersey, it was 4 or 5 vehicles and a dozen of people. I remember the thrill! Now the community grew to 3 or 4 dozens of electric cars and few hundreds of people. And they’re like: „Drive my car, take a look at this, this is great you should be doing the same!“ It’s really powerful to see: This is my neighbour, this my brother in law, this the lady from the coffee shop downtown – they drive these electric cars and they love it! No doubt whatever, the transition to electric driving is here, it’s irresistible, a movement and it’s happening right now.



“My little electronaut.”

I have always been an early adopter – I love gadgets – and I soon fell in love with electric car technology for the clean air benefits and its super space age look. Right now the electric car is coming into its own and it seems like the dream of the electric car is finally coming true. To me it honestly feels like superior engineering to the internal combustion engine. When you drive the BMW i3 a lot of the stress melts away in the calm, quiet interior. I just enjoy being inside the car and its chill space as I navigate the roads. Some people even stop to watch the car floating by and yell: “I love your car.”



“Less is more mantra.”

I like to compare the BMW i3 to the tiny house modern movement where a thoughtfully designed object can be functional in its form while minimising its size. The interior reminds of a thoughtfully appointed modern home by the Eames: the formed and shaped wood inlay, the carefully selected materials throughout and the large expanses of glass. In the same way a smart home opens to nature and seamlessly blends indoor and outdoor spaces, the i3 is designed to consciously pack a good deal of features and technology into such a robust minimal frame. That is why I look at the i3 as an extension of my living space.



“In the future now.”

I’ve tested other electric cars but the i3 was the only one that made me feel special. Not that I am attention-seeking, but I feel like it generates a lot of interest, even more so than other “sports” cars. The i3 is a conversation starter, and more people have approached me inquiring about this car than any other vehicle I have owned. I use it mostly for leisure, as I live very close to my office and usually bike to work. But anytime I have clients in town, I am the one who drives them around. Most of them have never been in an electric vehicle and it is a very pleasant surprise for them when I put the "pedal to the metal”.



“Life is a journey.”

My family has a long tradition of going on road trips, and in our BMW i3 we can make those multi-day drives to far-reaching destinations with ease. The i3 is therefore a true lifestyle vehicle for us, a tool that amplifies the experiences in our life. It does not just take us to places, rather to adventures. We have two children, five and eight, and we want them to see the many natural wonders that are abound in our corner of the world. The BMW i3 makes it possible. Road trips are not just about the destination – they are about the memories to be had getting there.



“Get in and go.”

When I first drove the BMW i3 last year I was immediately hooked. I felt cool. I felt smart. I felt fresh. I felt good, knowing that I was in some way helping the environment. In my eyes the best thing is its design aesthetic, size, and electric function. The remote app is amazing and keeps me connected perfectly. In the city it's very much so get in and go. Parking can be a hassle, but with the i3 I can fit into any space with ease.



“I am in love.”

I never imagined I would drive a fully electric car one day. Now I am using one every day. I strongly believe that electric cars are our future and I am really happy to be part of it. I enjoy driving my BMW i3 – every second of it. It’s so much fun: the engine, the eagerness, the fast starts. The driving experience is awesome and also the comfort and beautiful materials together with intuitive and natural use of the car as a whole. It is a beauty and also the beast and I love it. The only disadvantage is that I have to share it with my husband, but I don’t want to share it.


Fuel consumption and CO2 emissions.

Power consumption and CO2 emissions for the BMW i3 (60 Ah):
Fuel consumption in l/100 km (combined): 0
CO2 emissions in g/km (combined): 0
Power consumption in kWh/100 km: 12.9

Power consumption and CO2 emissions for the BMW i3 (94 Ah):
Fuel consumption in l/100 km (combined): 0
CO2 emissions in g/km (combined): 0
Power consumption in kWh/100 km: 12.6* / 13.1**

Power consumption and CO2 emissions for the BMW i3 (60 Ah) with Range Extender:
CO2 emissions in g/km (combined): 13
Power consumption in kWh/100 km (combined): 13.5
Fuel consumption in l/100 km (combined): 0.6

Power consumption and CO2 emissions for the BMW i3 (94 Ah) with Range Extender:
CO2 emissions in g/km (combined): 12* / 13**
Power consumption in kWh/100 km (combined): 11.3* / 11.9**
Fuel consumption in l/100 km (combined): 0.6

Power consumption and CO2 emissions for the BMW i8 with Plug-In Hybrid BMW iPerformance:
CO2 emissions in g/km (combined): 49
Power consumption in kWh/100 km (combined): 11.9
Fuel consumption in l/100 km (combined): 2.1

* Wheels cluster 1: 19“ wheels
** Wheels cluster 2: 20“ wheels; winter tyres

The figures for fuel consumption, CO2 emissions and power consumption depend on the wheel and tyre sizes selected.

The driving range depends on a variety of factors, especially: personal driving behaviour, selected route, weather conditions, usage of heating/cooling and preconditioning.

Further information about the official fuel consumption and the official specific CO2 emissions for new passenger automobiles can be found in the 'New Passenger Vehicle Fuel Consumption and CO2 Emission Guidelines', which are available free of charge at all sales outlets and from DAT Deutsche Automobil Treuhand GmbH, Hellmuth-Hirth-Str. 1, 73760 Ostfildern, Germany.