ABS and ESC standard. Side and head protection air bags standard.
With its space-age body, super-efficient powertrain and laserlike focus on its urban mission, the i3 pushes the boundaries in automotive design. This tall, narrow, electric city car is the first widely available model to use lightweight carbon fiber for its basic body structure. That single mission focus contributes to making the i3 the most energy-efficient car we'd ever tested up to that point.
Like most EVs, the i3 has a 75-mile range before the charge runs out. Starting in fall of 2016, the 94Ah version came with a larger battery (33 kWh) to extend that range to a claimed 114 miles. Unfortunately, U.S. customers couldn't retrofit the new battery. We bought our i3 with the optional two-cylinder gasoline range extender (REx). Think of it as an onboard home generator that continues to provide electricity when battery power depletes. It's designed to reduce range anxiety, but as we found in our testing, it's not really supposed to be used as the primary power source.