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i3 EV will cost about the same as a nice 3-Series

BMW debuted the new i3 coupe at the LA auto show late last year. The automaker has now announced that the car will be priced at approximately $40,000 when it goes into production later this year, making it roughly the same price as the company's incredibly popular 3-Series sedan.

The tip on pricing for the electric vehicle comes via BMW of North America CEO Ludwig Willisch. The CEO says that BMW [obviously] does not expect the electric car to be a volume model.

BMW will offer an optional two-cylinder 0.65-liter gasoline motorcycle engine and an auxiliary generator to charge the battery pack. That would make it somewhat similar to the Chevrolet Volt in operation.

The “green” BMW EV is expected to qualify for the $7,500 federal tax credit. BMW also notes that it is currently waiting to hear from federal regulators if buyers who purchase the range-extended version featuring the optional engine will be able to get the $7,500 tax credit as well.

BMW is set to establish a program that will allow buyers of the pure electric vehicle to borrow a gasoline or diesel vehicle for longer trips. He did say that details are unclear at this point but the service will be offered "as an additional mobility package."

BMW currently expects most of it US dealer network, consisting 338 locations, to sell the i3 and the i8 hybrid sports car

Source: Auto News

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By luv2liv on 5/7/2013 10:36:31 AM , Rating: 2
for that price, i might as well get a luxury car, maybe a Lexus.

RE: $40,000????
By lelias2k on 5/7/2013 12:59:20 PM , Rating: 2
If you don't understand the purpose of such car, then you definitely should.

RE: $40,000????
By Spuke on 5/7/2013 4:02:02 PM , Rating: 2
If you don't understand the purpose of such car, then you definitely should.
He doesn't have to.

RE: $40,000????
By freedom4556 on 5/7/2013 4:09:12 PM , Rating: 2
He shouldn't have to, but the greeny hippies think that he should, so he may someday be forced to (due to lack of consumer choice).

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