By David Noland David Noland
209 Comments39,003 viewsNov 18, 2014
2013 Tesla Model S and 2014 BMW i3, Hudson Valley, NY, Nov 20142013 Tesla Model S and 2014 BMW i3, Hudson Valley, NY, Nov 2014
The EPA has dubbed the all-electric 2014 BMW i3 the most efficient production car sold in the U.S., with an impressive 125 MPGe rating–the best of any electric vehicle.
By comparison, my 2013 Tesla Model S with an 85-kilowatt-hour battery is rated at only 89 MPGe.
That’s a hefty 39-percent efficiency advantage for the i3, at least on paper.
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Even the BMW宝马会 i3 REx fitted with the optional range-extending engine is rated at 117 MPGe, giving it a 31-percent advantage over the Model S.
What I wanted to know was: How do the two cars stack up in the real world?
I decided to take advantage of BMW’s new three-day test-drive program for the i3 to find out