Despite the raw power at my finger tips in the i8, I have to say I preferred driving the i3: it is plenty powerful enough, and it feels like driving a normal car.
The i8, by comparison, felt a bit like driving an electric Fabergé egg – and I have to admit I was slightly terrified the whole time I was behind the wheel.
– it’s like the carpet has been pulled from beneath my feet.
With their eye constantly on energy-efficiency, engineers at BMW equipped both cars with a “brake energy regeneration” system,.
That means that, as soon as you take your foot off the accelerator, a device not unlike a dynamo on a bike starts capturing spare energy from the spinning wheels, which helps slow them down.
The week will launch with the Big Green Day out on Broad Street on Saturday, June 13, from 10am to 5.30pm, where visitors will be able to make their own solar panel, pick up some bike maintenance tips and look at (but not drive) some electric cars.
Then at Cutteslowe Park on Saturday, June 20, there will be a chance to test-drive a BMW i3, Tesla Model S, Nissan Leaf, Mitsubishi PHEV or a Renault Zoe from 10am to 4pm.
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