USA Today reports:
BMW is introducing the electric car that its hopes will become the industry benchmark, the one that overcomes range anxiety and stays true to the performance orientation of the brand.
Designed as a compact city car, the i3′s range isn’t terribly remarkable — 80 to 100 miles like other electric cars. It is driven by 170-horsepower electric motors. But it will have a tiny rear engine — two-cylinders, 34-horsepower — that can double the car’s range.