London: EVMeerkat does the BMW i8 Test Drive.

October 6th, 2014 Comments Off on London: EVMeerkat does the BMW i8 Test Drive.

I’d like to think I’m not too bias.

You see, I have, by now, gone through a variety of testVauxhall Ampera #EV Hybrid (range extender) EV average ~ 158mpg in town. Read more ... » drives of hybridsManufacturers should make few good #ElectricCar (s) instead of elusive "mpg-saving" hybrids. And I Do expect 30+ miles #EV mode on such cars!. Read more ... »; PHEVDont understand why in this 21st century Tech day and age I should ever settle for SUV with measly ~<50 mpg?! If even so! PHEV all the way!. Read more ... » and then some Pure ElectricThe North East Combined Authority has received £1.5m to build to super-fast charging points on the A19 and at Science Central. Read more ... » VehiclesChinese E6 #electric cars to be trialled in UK. Read more ... » with the Premium#Audi A3 #E-tron #PHEV #hybrid to enter production this year, ahead of schedule. Due Mid-2014. Read more ... » likes of TeslaAftermarket: Tesla Model S to get wireless charging from April. Read more ... »’s ModelBMW battery facelift to 2017 i3 model. Read more ... » S, to reach this conclusion.
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The specNew #ElectricCar Entry for 2015 Q1: Electric Mercedes B-Class. Read more ... ».
Again, with all the spec, there is plenty out there already, but I will you well entertained.
Here goes:
0Here's Everything We Know About Volkswagen's (Not So!) "First" Electric Car. Read more ... »-60mph is 3Nissan Leaf 2015 expected Tech Upgrades. Read more ... ».8Porsche starts development of electric sports car and Tesla rival Mission E. Read more ... » blink seconds.
12Apple Watch app controls your Tesla electric car. Read more ... ».4s for the quarter mile2013 Ford C-Max Energi: New EV+ Feature 'Learns' Regular Routes. Read more ... » sprint.
Fully fuelled/charged this will deliver some 360miles average. Its a mighty 357bhp induced by the 1Next Nissan Leaf previewed by IDS Concept in Tokyo. Read more ... ».5L three-stroke petrolHow much does your cast (fuel) cost you. Read more ... » engineTesla Model X is Finally Here: Safest, Smartest and "Life Expectancy Extending" comes with "Bioweapon protection" mode. Read more ... » with a 129HP ACVolkswagen E-Up! coming this FALL, with 93-mile range & Combo Charging System. Read more ... » Electric MotorBMW battery facelift to 2017 i3 model. Read more ... » companion.
Top speedThree-wheel wonder! Toyota i-ROAD urban electric vehicle to be tested in Tokyo. Read more ... » is at 155mph.
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How it feels, however is somethingKeeping up with chargeable electric vehicles and renewable energy. Read more ... » entirely far more, than expected.

Art of Design.
The sleek-aggressive grille with very signature sharp eye line – neat concise headlights – energy efficient laser techElectric Car Nissan #LEAF for 199+vat/month Special Offer. Read more ... » my rep advises me.

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You find yourself easily distracted by the sharp contours of the body panels. These side curves rise and sort of huggle the body.
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You may even be forgiven thinking that maybe this is all DeLorean, albeit from the future, or rather of modern times.
Whichever angle of BMWi8 you find yourself looking from, it is oOozing the meticulous designBMW i3 Coupe Concept is the newest in LifeDrive "stream flow" design. Read more ... » workApparently: The World's Biggest Car Company Wants to Get Rid of Gasoline. Read more ... » details.

You can drool without much effortIn Israel: Seen #battery swap station with me own two eyes @btrplc great feat. More ev free parking+charging needs be!. Read more ... ».
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Rear panels are both aerodynamic channelling the airZipcar to bring 50 electric vehicles to London. Read more ... » around out the back through the side grooves makes you wantBad news for plug-ins: Ampera to cut battery pack range vs US Sister Volt spec, instead going for sales and smaller economy: 15 miles ev mode in 2013 release. Read more ... » to take this carThe North East Combined Authority has received £1.5m to build to super-fast charging points on the A19 and at Science Central. Read more ... » through the smoke cloud race track with, in a slowMo fashion, – just to see just how smooth and elegant these aerodynamic channels are, to appreciate their purpose in full.
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The rear of the car speaks volumes as well. Well etched lights protruding on both sides is one thing but emphasised edgy shaped colour coded bumper design works magic and mystery, it is certainly appreciated, especially by drivers who end upThe e-up! This fall of 2013: Volkswagen Unveils Its First Production Electric Car. Read more ... » behind this “beautiful beast”.
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Then doors require their own section ideally, as well as the process of getting in and out if the car. For a low seating positioning, and my bestGo Uk! Torbay's first electric car handed over to Far Eastern client. Read more ... » take on getting and out  as “cool” the doors look is, – not flattering. “Bum first” approach work s most of time2013 Ford C-Max Energi: New EV+ Feature 'Learns' Regular Routes. Read more ... », alternatively leg in, hold-on-to-the-doorBMW i3 Coupe Concept is the newest in LifeDrive "stream flow" design. Read more ... » sort of episode. It manageable.

InsideTesla Model X is Finally Here: Safest, Smartest and "Life Expectancy Extending" comes with "Bioweapon protection" mode. Read more ... ».
The car loves you. All tech is within your reach.
Not in an overwhelming kind of way.
Maybe it’s an experienceThe North East Combined Authority has received £1.5m to build to super-fast charging points on the A19 and at Science Central. Read more ... » at hand. I certainly found the dash and the “controls” are a lotBMW enter the electric car market with 'truly radical' i3. Read more ... » dryer on the odd M-Series, for comparison. How dare do I even make such comparison, right? – bmwBMW battery facelift to 2017 i3 model. Read more ... » just reinvented the game. For the priceBMW battery facelift to 2017 i3 model. Read more ... », for the tech, for the conscience, there is no comparison.
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It’s a PHEV, – a PluginVolkswagen Golf Plug-in Hybrid review (due 2014/2015). Read more ... » hybrid2013 Ford C-Max Energi: New EV+ Feature 'Learns' Regular Routes. Read more ... ».  You may even get 25BMW i3 Coupe Concept is the newest in LifeDrive "stream flow" design. Read more ... »-odd milesAC & DC: Zoe and Leaf: 8 people London to Cotswold’s #evRoadTrip @OldSwanMinsterMill and LegoLand Windsor. Read more ... » of emission-freeMy Year with ElectricCar Citroen CZERO - www.evmeerkat.com - ElectricVehicle User Experience. Read more ... » drivingBMW i3, Nissan Leaf, Tesla Model S, win in Next Green Car awards. Read more ... », but my personal favourite it be a simple 60-70mpg in the “easy” mode2013 Ford C-Max Energi: New EV+ Feature 'Learns' Regular Routes. Read more ... ». Did I mention its still a sportsPorsche starts development of electric sports car and Tesla rival Mission E. Read more ... » car capable 0-62 in 3.8s? Well, yes, such all sporty performanceElectric Car Nissan #LEAF for 199+vat/month Special Offer. Read more ... » is still delivered at reported 40The e-up! This fall of 2013: Volkswagen Unveils Its First Production Electric Car. Read more ... »-45mpg.

Speaking of this sporty performance.

The sport mode is incredibly exhilarating fun.
Great joy.
I followed the advised steps and basically changeThe battery tech that could change electric cars. Read more ... » the gear configuration; – Bam, it all lit LEDYes! Electric response expected for Renault ZOE. Spring 2013. Read more ... »-Red on the dash and inside the car.

The monster behind rear seats woke up.

A Very very pleasant road-bend-hugging experience thanks to low centreMy nissan is built ergo "Made in Sunderland" ... Hmmm. Read more ... » of gravity at some 18inches, and a lightweight framework, an engineering design feat, evidently at most practical configuration..

I have barely mentioned any tech; plenty of that; sound systemNissan Leaf to Get 25-Mile Range Boost in Cold Weather Due to New Heater Design. Read more ... »?
A drone-view,
Pedestrian Radar,
Pedestrian Assist Braking,
Laser Headlights, to name a few, – the rest and much more is very configurable, yet generic for most such premium carsThe North East Combined Authority has received £1.5m to build to super-fast charging points on the A19 and at Science Central. Read more ... ». See tech list attached.

The Alloys set, feety subtle acceleration is met with pure electric power2013 Ford C-Max Energi: New EV+ Feature 'Learns' Regular Routes. Read more ... », and before longThree-wheel wonder! Toyota i-ROAD urban electric vehicle to be tested in Tokyo. Read more ... » and bootHealthy 30% increase: Demand for Electric Nissan Leaf increases #ev #electricCar. Read more ... »-caged three stroke 1.5L British built animal roars into life2013/2014 Audi A3 Sportback E-Tron Video. Read more ... », enabling this beautiful piece of engineering to deliver such 357bhp. Transmission feels like any other EVThe North East Combined Authority has received £1.5m to build to super-fast charging points on the A19 and at Science Central. Read more ... », – very smooth. Having driven a few of PHEV featuring all mild to awkward forms of transmission lag, – On This BMWi8, – none, – as expected.
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Beside that rear mounted beast you will feel strange satisfaction to take part in it’s “rude awakening” , there is nothing else to suggest you are changing power modes. Same swift eager acceleration on demand without outward notice.

Regenerative braking is the very same classic. BMWi8 does not however feature the “battery2013 Ford C-Max Energi: New EV+ Feature 'Learns' Regular Routes. Read more ... » hold” mode for cityZipcar to bring 50 electric vehicles to London. Read more ... » zero emission driving, – instead electric range2014 Volkswagen Golf Plug-In Hybrid. Read more ... » is either regenerated via braking system or as often one may find self in sports mode, “power excess” will convenient my be trimmed off into the battery capacityBMW enter the electric car market with 'truly radical' i3. Read more ... ».

The most ironic and random thing I personally found were the isofix mount pointsThe North East Combined Authority has received £1.5m to build to super-fast charging points on the A19 and at Science Central. Read more ... » for the rear seats, which am told would reasonably  comfortably seat anyone 5Mercedes S500 Plug-in Hybrid due in 2015 (20 Miles Max EV Range). Read more ... ».5 feet and under, or hold a baby/toddler car seat…. That’s the school run taken care of then. They say, its a thought that counts.

You will typically find such BMWi8 in LondonElectric Car Nissan #LEAF for 199+vat/month Special Offer. Read more ... » trafficDriving my swift flat-rate costing yet speedy Gonzales #EV #ElectricCar 😀 woohoo!! Go #imiev #czero #ion #LEAF. Read more ... » and out and about town it’s true EV silence form.
Quite an opposite usually expected for such beauty which I would direct my compare with the design likes of Ferrari in London’s West End.

And I say Refreshing, a sporty vivid performer with an EcoTrip One: Southend-on-sea. EV Conquered. Read more ... », Greener conscience.
A Must for our Capital’s elite. Hope you didn’t read all the reviewA year with a twizy: London commuting and convenience travel about town. Read more ... » and got too excited – waiting for one of these machines is a year now. At the time of writing.

Start saving your pennies, I know I will.

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