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Europe: 2014 BMW i3 Electric Car Live Photos: Frankfurt Auto Show

The BMW i3’s bigger brother the i8 may get all the attention from sports car fans, but as the smaller and more practical of the “i” range the i3 could be considered the more relevant of the two.

We were at the 2011 Frankfurt Auto Show ready to capture both i-cars in all their glory. You can find the 2014 BMW i8’s live photo gallery by clicking here, but stick on this page for more on the i3

2014 BMW i3 battery electric urban minicar

Think compact, rear-engined city car and the Smart Fortwo might be the first vehicle to come to mind, but the i3 is both bigger (offering four seats) and even more high-tech.

It uses a carbon chassis to help reduce weight, an important factor for improving the range of an electric vehicle. For even greater range, BMW announced back in July that the i3 would have a range-extending engine option – a twin-cylinders, roughly 600cc unit.

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