It is a known fact that the BMW i3 uses a lot of new tech the car maker developed especially for the electrical city car.
Some feared that, while the car itself isn’t that cheap on its own, maintaining it could also prove to be quite expensive.
Or maybe not, as Manuel Satting, BMW i’s Communications Manager recently stated. The chassis uses mostly CFRP (carbon fiber reinforced plastic) with the body panels built out of plastic. The clip-on system used for the panels makes for an easy replacement procedure of just a few minutes. This is both time and cost effective.
Besides the low cost of the maintenance, there is also the obvious low fuel consumption, but the advantages don’t stop there. Another side to this whole business is the insurance. It seems that the BMW i3 will grab low prices for all classes, further improving on the long term economy of the car. With more information becoming available, it’s easy to see that the small i3 did earn all the awards it got and will continue on getting.