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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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RE: It is not electric
By foxalopex on 5/7/2013 10:43:36 AM , Rating: 2
I don't think this is a good way to view this. By electric you mean as in battery power only because in all these cars there's a primary electrical drive motor.

To me an electric car means:

1. It needs to be plugged in to be recharged.
2. Can at least do highway speeds / accelerate on battery power only.

Besides, the addition of a generator is a good move as far convenience is concerned. If this is your only car, it's going to be hard to go on that cross country roadtrip. Plus in cooler climates such as Canada, a battery only system won't work too well if at all in the winter.

Also a lot of folks don't realize this but gasoline has an incredible amount of power in it. The volt's 500lb battery has about a 38 mile range. A volt on gas mode uses about a gallon of gas in that distance which weights no where near 500lb. Keep in mind too a majority of power in a gas engine is also lost as heat which in the winter is good for heating the car. This is why a pure battery car won't be good for everyone on the market for years to come.


RE: It is not electric
By axeman1957 on 5/7/2013 10:50:28 AM , Rating: 2
Good addition to the point I was trying to make... I am still on my first cup of coffee.


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