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After numerous i3 concepts, lots of testing sessions and numerous teaser images, BMW finally unveiled the new i3 electric car in its production form. The model is the first from BMW’s i sub-brand and opens a new era for electro mobility at BMW. Like everyone else, we are excited to see the i3, but the real prize is the still-in-development i8 .

The i3 was built on a new LifeDrive architecture that will help reduce the car’s weight by 250 to 300 kg (551 to 661 pounds). The LifeDrive concept consists of two horizontally separated, independent modules. The Drive module integrates the battery, drive system, and structural and crash functions into a single construction within the chassis. Working in conjunction with the Drive module is the Life module, which consists primarily of a high-strength and extremely lightweight passenger cell made from CFRP. These aspects of car building will lead the way to a whole new process for building cars. A process that will be simpler, more flexible, and use less energy.

UPDATE 07/29/2013: The new BMW i3 finally made its world debut today after undergoing years of testing. Sales will begin in the second quarter of 2014.

Updated 10/10/2013: BMW confirmed that the new i3 will go on sale in the U.S. market in the second quarter of 2014. The battery electric model will have a base price of $41,350, while the range-extender model will have a starting price of $45,200. We have also added a new set of more than 100 new high res images, so check the picture gallery to see them all!

Click past the jump to read more about BMW i3.

The Chevrolet Spark EV appears to be a game-changer in the all electric small car market.

At least that might be the case if you’re living in Oregon or California, the only states that Chevrolet will be selling the Spark EV in for now. While no mention of any expansion was made, we probably shouldn’t expect a decision to be made anytime soon.

For one, there still aren’t a lot of these models around and it can be argued that sales of the Spark EV will be on a limited basis. If the model proves to be a hit, like Chevrolet is banking on, then we might see more states get their hands on the all-electric Spark.

For now, it’s Oregon and California, two states that look to be perfect markets for the Spark EV. One place is a blessing to drive on with scenic routes all around while the other is, well, let’s just say if you want to make the most out of an EV, California’s the place to be.

As far as the car itself, we love the overall make-up of the Spark EV, so much that we’d be very surprised if this model isn’t a success sooner than later.

Click past the jump to read about the Chevrolet Spark EV.

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Here at TopSpeed, we talked for the first time about "Bluebird" back in 2012 when we announced the 2012 GTL Formula E Racing Concept - a vehicle that looked more like the Batmobile than a race car designed for the FIA Formula E series.

While its first vehicle looked a little over the top, the one announced today sounds more promising. It is named the DC50 sports car and Bluebird will officially unveil it on September 28th, 2013 at the National Motor Museum, Beaulieu.

The new DC50 Sports Car is an electric car limited to only 50 units and will commemorate the 50th anniversary of Donald Campbell’s land and water speed records in 2014. According to the first details we have on the car, it will deliver about 360 horsepower and its acceleration figures will match the ones of a Porsche. It will deliver a driving range of about 200 miles on a single charge.

The model will be built as a two-door coupe with electrically operated scissor doors and wears a coat of Bluebird blue paint.

Click past the jump to read more about the Bluebird DC50 electric sports car.

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Kia Soul EV

Rumors have been swirling about a possible all-electric Kia Soul crossover for quite some time now, and today our spy photographers caught the Soul EV testing on public roads for the first time.

Reports suggest that the electric Kia Soul will feature a battery pack that will ensure a driving range of 200 km (124 miles) on one single charge. The same rumors suggest that the Soul EV’s electric motor will afford the electric crossover a top speed of 87 mph and a sprint from 0 to 60 mph in under 12 seconds.

According to a report from Kia World, the Soul EV will have a global presence, as Kia will sell its upcoming EV in Europe, China and the U.S. The model will be put on sale in Europe in the first half of 2014 at a starting price of €27,500. We expect to see a price tag around $30K in the U.S. market.

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At the end of June, Drayson Racing set a new land-speed world record for an electric car in the FIA’s sub-1,000 kg category with a top speed of 204.185 mph. Now, is time to see the B12 69/EV Le Mans prototype in action at the Elvington Airfield in England where the new record it established the new record.

With the new top speed, Drayson smashed the previous record by 29.2 mph. It was established back in 1974 and stood up for nearly 4 decades. The super EV that hit this impressive top speed pulls power from four axial-flux motors - one motor on each rear wheel - with an integrated transmission for a total output of about 850 horsepower.

As the new world record holder, Lord Drayson, commented: "I’m delighted we’ve beaten the record tonight and can show the world EVs can be fast and reliable. Drayson Racing is a laboratory for EV technology, testing it to the most extreme level, as we’ve seen today."


Back in April, Drayson Racing Technologies put the auto world on notice when it announced that it was planning on breaking the FIA World Electric Land Speed Record.

Well, consider the record broken.

Led by former British science minister and racecar driver, Lord Paul Drayson, Drayson Racing achieved the goal it set for itself two months ago, setting a new land speed world record for an electric car in the FIA’s sub-1,000 kg category.

Using a heavily modified version of the B12 69/EV Le Mans prototype that was originally developed to compete in the American Le Mans Series, Drayson managed to clock in a top speed of 204.185 mph, head and shoulders clear of the 175 mph record set by Battery Box General Electric back in 1974.

Although the record is impressive whichever way you look at it, it still falls way short of the current world electric car land speed record. That distinction belongs to Venturi, who in 2010 was able to completely set itself apart with a top speed of 307.7 mph.

Despite the catch of setting a record using an FIA-sanctioned vehicle, Drayson Racing’s achievement is no less impressive, particularly given the obvious challenges of having to attempt a record with a car as lightweight as the B12 69/EV Le Mans prototype.

Congratulations to Lord Paul Drayson and the entire team over at Drayson Racing. Well-deserved record, if you ask us.

Click past the jump to read about Drayson Racing’s B12 69/EV Le Mans prototype

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Nissan announced its plans to enter the Le Mans Series earlier this year, but the company has been toying with the idea ever since it left the DeltaWing program.

Today its experimental car - the ZEOD RC - was finally unveiled and, according to Nissan, it will be the world’s fastest electric racecar. The new electric racecar will start testing later this summer and will make its racing debut at next year’s Le Mans 24 Hour. As usual, the car will race under the ACO’s "Garage 56" entry.

While very official specifications have been released on the new ZEOD RC, we do know it will take advantage of the electric technology used in the road-going Nissan Leaf . However, Nissan will somehow take this technology to extreme level, as the ZEOD RC will hit a top speed of 186 mph.

Nissan will run Le Mans with aG-Driving Racing No 26 Oreca this year and hopes to score victory in the P2 class.

Click past the jump to read about some of the competition the ZEOD RC may face at at next year’s Le Mans.

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Jay Leno is famous for reviewing classic cars, muscle cars, sports cars and supercars, but sometimes he slides into the driver’s seat of something else. This just so happens to be one of those times, as he focuses his attention on a new electric car: the Cadillac ELR .

The car was delivered to him by Frank Saucedo, Director of Advanced Design at GM, who is also offered a few more details on how the ELR was designed.

The ELR is powered by an electric drive unit, powered by a 16.5kWh T-shaped lithium-ion battery pack. This electric drive unit delivers a total of 207 horsepower and a peak torque of 295 pound-feet. Additionally, the ELR features an 84-horsepower, 1.4-liter four-cylinder engine that works as an electric generator. This Caddy EV delivers a range of 35 miles of pure electric driving, depending on terrain, driving techniques and temperature, and over 300 miles of total driving with a fully charged battery and a full tank of premium gasoline (9.3 gallons).

Check out the video to see if Leno was impressed how the ELR handled on the road.

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In 2010, a Yokohama EV Sports Vehicle HER-02 set a record for the fastest electric vehicle to complete the iconic 12.42-mile-long Pikes Peak International Hill Climb. The vehicle obtained an impressive time of 13:17.575 with Ikuo Hanawa behind the wheel. That mark shattered the previous Pikes Peak EV record, set by Jeri Unser in 2003, by 65 seconds.

Last year, the same vehicle finished fifth in its class and for this year Yokohama will make another try.

The HER-02 is powered by an electric motor that delivers a total of 255 horsepower and takes its power from a 37 kWh Sanyo battery pack. All of the motor’s 255 ponies are sent to the rear wheels. The electric vehicle weighs only 2,535 pounds and, thanks to its two spoilers, it delivers a surprising amount of downforce to help it stay glued to the road in twists.

Click past the jump to read more about HER-02’s competitors at Pikes Peak.

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In June, the 2012 Audi R8 E-tron became the fastest electric car around Nürburgring with a lap time of 8:09.099 minutes. The problem with the R8 E-tron, however, is that it will never be offered to customers.

This June, Mercedes decided to show what its SLS AMG Electric Drive can do and brought it to the famous Nürburgring Nordschleife test track. The results put the SLS AMG Electric Drive directly into the Guineas Book of World Records.

The electric SLS lapped the Nordschleife in just 7:56.234 minutes, becoming the fastest electric car in the world around the `Ring, but also the first electrically powered production vehicle to have mastered the legendary racetrack in under eight minutes.

This record comes just 2 weeks after the first overall win for the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG GT3 in the Nürburgring 24 Hours race.

"For the first time, an electrically-powered series production vehicle has lapped the Nürburgring Nordscheife in under eight minutes. The record for the SLS AMG Coupé Electric Drive in 7:56.234 minutes on the Nordschleife shows the special position of our innovative and unique drive solution," said Tobias Moers.

Click past the jump to read more about the Mercedes SLS AMG Electric Drive.


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