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BMW i3 vs Vauxhall Ampera vs Toyota Prius Plug

Car manufacturers have had a tough time trying to convince buyers to ditch the internal combustion engine in favour of the electric motor, but that hasn't stopped BMW from jumping on the EV bandwagon.It's just launched the battery powered BMW i3 city car which, sizewise, slots into the line up below the 1 Series. However, BMW knows the pure electric car fits a very specific brief namely short trips with easy access to charging facilities.So it also offers the i3 Range Extender (REx), which adds a two cylinder petrol engine and provides scope for longer journeys. To find out if the newcomer is the breakthrough electric cars need, we've lined it up against a pair of established range extender rivals.The Vauxhall Ampera follows the same idea as the i3 REx, with petrol power generating energy for an electric motor, while the Toyota Prius Plug in uses a beefed up version of the standard car's hybrid.So does the BMW raise the bar for electric cars? Or is it still too much of a compromise to be a true alternative to a conventional car? We drove all three models on a varied test route to find out.When fully charged, the i3 has an 88 mile electric range. In comparison, the Ampera can go 30 miles, and the Prius around 10 miles.The BMW and Vauxhall will hold battery charge if your journey consists of motorway miles followed by city driving, although the i3's longer electric range means you're more likely to do the whole journey in EV mode. It's five inches taller and nearly as wide, while the high ground clearance and skinny tyres are in stark contrast to the low slung, speed hump scraping Vauxhall.The biggest problem with these cars is that the electric charging stations required to maximise their battery range are so rare.Our trip from London to Coventry via Silverstone relied on petrol power, and the charging points we did come across required you to sign up to a local charging scheme not ideal if you're on a cross country trip.Plus, the different fast charging leads supplied with these cars won't necessarily be compatible with the charging points on offer.1st place: BMW i3 Range ExtenderThe ONLY category that the i3 wins is pure battery range on combined range its left wanting by what 400 miles?! It literally fails as a daily car in every other department. Its slower, its more expensive, Black Nike Vapormax On Feet

it comes with less standard equipment, its more to run, it has higher depreciation, it's ugly as sin (I guess its about level with the Prius), it has worse breaks, it has more cabin noise (less refined!), its less economical on combined.I guess I could probably go on and on but I think I have made my point.i3 top speed = 93mph Ampere = 100mph. The Amp is faster than the i3.It could be ran on it alone, as can the Leaf which would have wiped the floor with the i3 in all categories showing the test has cherry picked the cars to be up against to make sure it won at least one category. The overall lifetime costs, new batteries for example would make the car a more expensive proposition overall as they would need to be replaced before the ones on the Amp + Prius. Not to mention it looses more, costs more to tax and has higher insurance costs. Then not to mention the recovery truck fee's to get you home because you wanted to use your heater Nike Air Vapormax Mesh in the winter.I've driven the i3 and its a fantastic car to drive. So much so I am going to order one. But not the REX, just the pure electric.I've driven Prius and didn't think much of it.I think the figures are taken when petrol engine is Nike Vapormax Black And Gold

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than any of them.But it doesn't have much of a range you might say. I only use a car locally. If going far, I catch a train. Once a year, we holiday long distance. I can borrow or hire a car. It will still be cheaper.

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running to compare like with like but the i3 has a crude noisy range extending engine, because it is meant to be hardly used. Whereas the other two it is used much more so theirs are better engines.In pure electric, it was one of the most refined cars I've ever been in. And it is one of the things I look for in car refinement.I'm not a BMW lover. Never had one before despite owning about 30 different cars in my lifetime. I have a 2.7 twin turbo diesel v6 presently and before that petrol engines only. Even a V8 once. And the i3 is a more refined Nike Air Vapormax Flyknit Asphalt Grey

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