BMW electric vehicle i3BMW unveiled two plug-in electric cars yesterday both headed for production beginning in 2013 — the sporty i8 hybrid super-coupe and the i3 urban all-electric car, a small vehicle designed to go about 80 miles between recharges.

The i3, specifically designed for city use, uses carbon fiber to shed 500 pounds making it capable of 0 to 62 mph in less than eight seconds. It can be recharged in less than an hour with a high-capacity recharger.

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