jadnashuanh wrote:They're quite different cars. It really depends on what you intend to use them for. The i3 is smaller, more maneuverable, but definitely does not have the range. While both are comfortable for four people, you can get a fifth in Tesla. The i3 would probably win on the largest item you can fit, but total storage space may go to the Tesla. IMHO, they serve different purposes and needs. Good luck with whichever one you choose. Just ordering one now, you're probably looking at a delivery date more than a year away, probably longer. The i3, you can buy today. By the time you get the Tesla, they may have been through their allotment of federal tax credits, while BMW probably won't (assuming it doesn't get extended...they didn't really want to keep it in the last tax bill). If you option up the Tesla, the costs are similar. By the time you get one, there will likely be some additional EVs out there that may be worth considering. FWIW, Tesla only lost a bit over $600M last quarter...and has only made money a couple of times...Musk has deep pockets, but who knows how the stock market will feel about their continued losses if they don't get the model 3 on track.
I couldn't have said it any better.
The more crucial thing to figure out is your daily mileage requirements and whether the EV is your first or second car. We've got a 225xe for long range, which can also do EV on up to 18mi locally. The i3 is our rural runaround vehicle. We rarely need a car for more than 50mi per day, therefore having a car with a 150mi+ electric-only radius isn't very high on our agenda.
Our i3 is coming to 3 years now and I still love it. I might replace it in another 3 years with a used i3 second gen BEV, but who knows....