For those interested in a different kind of motoring experience, there’s the BMW i3s. The newly-launched electric vehicle is fully imported and carries a price tag of RM279,000 (OTR without insurance), and included in the price is a five-year/unlimited mileage warranty with free scheduled service, as well as a two-year tyre warranty programme.

For power, the i3s draws motivation by a rear-mounted synchronous electric motor that makes 181 hp and 270 Nm of torque (135 kW), enabling a zero to 100 km/h sprint time of 6.9 seconds. Juice is provided by a 42.2 kWh lithium-ion battery pack (comprising eight modules, 120 Ah capacity) that’s located under the floor, which gives a real world range of about 260 km in everyday use.

The i3s can be juiced up via AC or DC charging. The former, with the 11 kW three-phase AC charging, recharges the battery from zero to 80% (about 180 km of range) in 3.1 hours, whereas the latter requires a CCS connector and has a charge rating of up to 50 kW. The i Wallbox Plus is an extra RM8,897 option, and an additional RM1,360 is needed for a public AC quick charging cable, which is separate from the one that comes with the car, which plugs into a wall socket.

Lastly, the battery in the i3s comes with an eight-year/100,000 km warranty, and each module costs RM7,300, with labour costing RM1,140 to replace. We’re told that it’s very unlikely for an owner to have all the modules replaced in the lifetime ownership of the vehicle, but the car itself will inform the owner should a replacement be necessary. You may read our full written review of the i3s, here.