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Compared to the i3 and i8 models, the 330e retains a conventional exterior, which will be hard to differentiate from the standard 3-Series models. The only clear differences are the electric charging port that’s mounted on the front fender and a few extra badges. Under the hood, the 330e is powered by a 184-hp four-cylinder engine and a 88 horsepower electric motor that combined generate a total 252 horsepower, which is on par with the four-cylinder 328i model. A 7.6 kWh lithium-ion battery mounted under the trunk can be recharged in just over three hours.

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The 330e is going to arrive this spring with pricing that will start at $44,695.

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