Have you ever driven the Chevy Bolt EV and the BMW i3? Both of them handle impressively well. Their electric motors are responsive and linear, making it easy to fine tune throttle inputs. The Bolt EV is even pretty potent with 200 hp and 266 pound-feet of torque, while the BMW's rear-drive layout and excellent steering make it distinctive.
Considering how much fun can be had with the standard models, it's great to see the automaker introducing the higher-performance BMW i3. It ticks all the right boxes for a mild hot hatch. It gets updated styling with more aggressive air inlets, fender flares, and wider wheels. BMW also bestowed it with an extra 14 hp and 15 pound-feet of torque for totals of 184 and 199, respectively. It allows the little EV to hit 60 mph in 6.8 seconds, and it reaches a top speed of 100 mph. It also has wider tires and upgraded suspension. It sounds like a strong contender for starting an electric hot hatch revolution.
Nevertheless, the Bolt EV has the best chance of performance success, and actually would be a better first step into the new, affordable electric vehicle world than the i3s. Its motor already has the output to challenge a Volkswagen GTI, and a bit more power would make it that much more fun. Plus, it's more affordable and has a genuinely impressive range right out of the gate. What about other automakers? Even though Chevrolet has the best platform, it would be great to see another manufacturer take the leap.