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LA Auto Show 2013: New BMW i3 - No Longer a Need to Fill'er Up

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This years LA Auto Show is unveiling a number of new all electric cars available early in 2014.  None may be attracting more attention than the new BMW i3 - the car companies first venture into a non-gas vehicle. Ready, Set, Go!

All electric cars are becoming more affordable, and more popular, in part due to a campaign to place 1 million electric vehicles on California roads in the next ten years. That is especially true here in California - which remains the king of hybrid & all electric cars.

I spent the day at the Los Angeles Auto Show Press Day last week in search of the greenest cars on the planet.  In part because I wanted to help you find your next car if you are thinking about going green.  Also, my Prius Lease is up next month and I wanted to decide if it was finally time to go all-electric.

The Toyota Prius has been very, very good to me.  I drive about 50 miles to work and back each day, about the average mileage I get in the Prius on a single gallon of gas.  I strongly considered moving on to the Prius Electric plug-in, in part because of that Green Sticker for the Carpool lane.

But something is lacking in the Prius for me.  I just need a car with a little more fun and if gets better mileage all the better.  OK, I dream of a new Tesla S! The undisrupted king of electric cars right now, with more torque than most gas street vehicles.  Price? Forget it!

Back down to earth, I selected four all-electric vehicles to blog about. Two new for 2014, the BMW i3 and Mercedes-Benz B-Class Electric Drive. I also looked at two late-model 2012 all-electric cars, the Fiat 500e and the Chevy Spark-EV.

For this Blog - we look at the new BMW i3.  Scheduled to hit local dealerships sometime late in the 1st quarter of 2014.

It's a funny looking car - but after a little test drive, I can tell you this car is ALL BMW!. I met up with John Hall, General Sales Manager at McKenna BMW in Norwalk for an interview to talk about the BMW's new i car series.  Yes, besides the i3, BMW will release it's potential Tesla Buster, the new i8 (not fully electric) but all the more beautiful the same. Hey, I can still dream right?

I'll be blogging about the other three electric cars in the coming days.  Will it be enough to get me to forget about another gas-powered vehicle?. We shall see.....

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