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2. BMW i3

This is the production-ready i3’s first mainstream public appearance. BMW had a fleet of these all-electric, carbon-fiber-body cars running around silently as media shuttles. Four auto journalists (they’re typically well-fed) wouldn’t want to drive a long way together, but the rear-swinging back doors and lack of a B-pillar make entry and exit easy. In any case, the nimble i3 is conceived as a city car, and BMW says it will lend owners another BMW if they need to venture further afield. Look for the BMW i3 on the streets beginning in the second quarter of 2014 at $42,275.