BMW might not be waiting for the distant future to step up its electric car plans. Welt sources claim that the automaker plans the 2017 launch of a redesigned i3 that promises both practical and cosmetic improvements. You should see a new battery that significantly extends the range of the car beyond its recently increased 186-mile (with range extending motor) cap. It's not clear how much further you'll drive, but the difference will be "noticeable" -- just not as big a leap as the 50 percent hike from the last upgrade. In other words, it's likely enough to cover an extra commute, or to get you to a town that's just out of reach today.