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Electric BMW i3 comes with backup vehicle: CNET Update

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CNET Update: Electric BMW i3 comes with backup vehicle

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BMW may ease i3 road trip worries by loaning other cars, iPhone "5C" packaging spotted online, and more details leak about the Moto X smartphone.

It's time to charge up a new electric car. I'm Bridget Carey and this is your CNET Update. BMW unveiled its first mass-produced, all-electric car, the i3. What's unique about the car is that it's made mostly of lightweight carbon fiber and the inside is made of renewable materials. You'll notice it also has coach style doors. Now when it comes to the performance stats, the i3 ranges similar to the competition. It's said to get about 80 to 100 miles between charges, but for about 5 grand extra there's the option to add a small gas motor in the car so you won't be limited, and it's reported that BMW wants to give owners the option to rent an SUV for several weeks a year for those times when you wanna take a long road trip. The car costs more than the competition, but maybe perks like the SUV rental would sway people to pay more. It'll start at $41,350 when it goes on sale in the spring of next year, but you do get tax breaks on electric vehicles, which drops the price by several thousand dollars. Of course we'll have to wait for the test drive to determine if the BMW has a better ride that's worth that higher price. Apple is expected to show off new iPhones this fall, and we are already seeing images posted online about these new models. The latest is the plastic packaging that has the name iPhone 5C which was posted to a Chinese discussion forum. The 5C could be the long-rumored plastic iPhone that will be a little cheaper. Many expect the higher-end model to be called 5S; that is if Apple follows its naming history. Microsoft released the official prices of its Xbox One accessories and no big surprises here. The $500 console with come with 1 controller but a 2nd controller will cost $60. If you want a controller with a charging kit, it's $75 and the Xbox One Chat Headset will be $25. And looking ahead this week, we will finally get the official word on the worst kept secret in tech, the Moto X smartphone. Motorola will unveil the phone on Thursday but there has been leak after leak about this phone. There's been a video that accidentally posted early about what it can do. Google Chairman Eric Schmidt was flaunting the phone in public a few weeks ago. Photos have been posted to Twitter and the latest is from a former editor of the blog Android and Me who is saying the Moto X will have a special version of scratch-resistant Gorilla Glass called Magic Glass that wraps around the sides. The blogger Taylor Wimberly posted several images to his Google+ page. The phone could go on sale right after the announcement, so check in with CNET Thursday to know more. That's your Tech News Update. You can find more details at CNET.com/Update. From our studios in New York, I'm Bridget Carey.
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