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Jamey May to buy an extended range BMW i3

Published by on Jun 1, 2014 in News Leave a comment

James May BMW i3

Even though Top Gear fans know him as “Captain Slow”, that’s not exactly accurate about James May who also owns a Ferrari F430 among other cars. He is also a one of the people that supports electric cars, despite Jeremy Clarkson and Richard Hammond often criticize these vehicles for being useless, and May has taken this support a step further and is determined to show everyone that he’s not afraid of driving an electric vehicle daily, so he announced this week that his plans of buying a BMW i3, the range extender (REx) model.

The announcement has been made by May in a recent interview for BBC Radio 4 and he says the BMW i3 will replace his current city car, a Fiat Panda. According to May, despite being a compact model, the BMW i3 has a spacious interior. Also, he motivated his decision to skip the fully electric model because of range concerns. The difference between the two versions is that the extended range model features a two-cylinder conventional engine that acts as an energy generator. The engine works on petrol and its purpose is to charge the 22 kWh Lithium-Ion battery. The result? A 190-mile driving range, more than double of what the fully electric model gets (around 90-100 miles guaranteed).

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