1. BMW i3 - $500 Annually; MPGe – 138 city / 111 highway / 124 combined
America’s most efficient car is 50-state available, and it comes from Germany.
It is available as a pure EV – which gets the higher EPA rating – and with a small range extending engine, rated at $650 annual fuel cost, and 117 MPGe combined.
For some reason people have made comparisons with the i3 to Tesla’s Model S but the two could not be any less alike.
Unless one counts that both brands are electric and targeting upscale shoppers, the innovative city car from BMW tops the efficiency chart, whereas Tesla’s larger, heavier, more powerful and longer running cars are at the end of the line.
That did not stop Tesla’s designer from panning BMW’s electric city car as being to automobiles what “Ikea” is to furniture.
BMW’s pure electric version starts in the low 40s, with range of 81 miles. The purpose built EV is lightweight due in part to advanced materials including carbon fiber reinforced plastic.
More info on BMW’s new sustainable i series can be found here.