|Despite the strides made by hybrids and all-electric cars or EVs in the past 14 years, the American road is still dominated by SUVs, which waste gasoline and pollute the air. How many times have you seen only a driver in one of these monstrosities?|
By VICTOR E. SASSON
But two things would have to happen:
The car would have to start at $40,000 and offer a minimum range of 200 miles.
I'm flexible, though, after looking at the BMW i3, which the German automaker says has a real-world range of 80-100 miles or 160-180 miles with a "Range Extender," a 2-cylinder gasoline engine that recharges the battery.
|The base model of the BMW i3, called Mega World, has an MSRP of $42,500.|
Even without the Range Extender, the BMWi3 equals or exceeds the range of two cheaper all-electric cars, the Nissan Leaf (84 miles) and Ford Focus Electric (76 miles).
The B Class Electric Drive from Mercedes-Benz has a range of up to 85 miles and an MSRP of $33,950, according to the company's Web site.
The B Class was developed in partnership with California-based Tesla Motors, which makes the car's electric drive system.
Tesla also helped develop Toyota's RAV4 EV, which has a range of 100 miles, but that vehicle is available only in California.
Park Avenue BMW in Maywood has offered me an extended test drive of the i3.
|The Tesla badge on a Model S.|