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Official debut will be July 29

BMW has announced the official pricing for its first electric vehicle. The BMW i3 will have a starting price $41,350 in the U.S. That makes BMWs little electric car nearly 30% more expensive than a base 3-Series sedan. However, this news shouldn’t come as a shock since BMW hinted in May that the price of the vehicle would be around $40,000.

The starting price for the i3 in Germany will be €34,950, which works out to about $46,000. The car will be available in Germany starting in November, with U.S. availability early next year. The official debut for the i3 will be on July 29 at events held simultaneously in New York, London, and Beijing.

Bloomberg reports that BMW has invested $600 million in production facilities for the electric car. Among the facilities built specifically for this car are new factory in Washington State to make carbon fiber for the vehicle's passenger cell.
 
BMW also plans an interesting method of selling the electric vehicle. The automaker plans to sell the car on the internet, via sales people that visit customers at their homes, and through some select BMW dealers.


BMW i3 Prototype

The people at Autoblog recently drove the 2014 i3 for the first time at an autocross event in Germany. It appears that this will be a different sort of driving pleasure than most BMW enthusiasts are used to, with complaints of lots of body roll. The little car uses a 168 hp electric motor (184 lb-ft of torque) combined with a 22 kWh lithium-ion battery pack, and BMW promises 124 miles per charge when driven in Eco Pro+ plus mode.

One complaint Autoblog had about the vehicle is that when closing the front doors the structure the vehicle sounded plastic-like and cheap, whereas BMWs are known for being premium automobiles.

Sources: Business Week, Autoblog



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By Keeir on 7/22/2013 9:06:15 PM , Rating: 2
The problem here Mint is your assuming the following

34 hp gasoline = 34 hp electric.

Unless someone has more information, the following is what I thought I knew

The engine used for range extension is capable of ~60 hp/45 kW at -7500 rpm! Wonder what its like to have a motorcycle engine suddenly spin up that much? Certainly this type of rpm is probably not acceptable for long road travel without lots of noise/vibration control... which adds wieght.

My guess is they have significantly limited the rpms to save wieght and that your lucky to get 20 kW out of the motor... and then lucky to get 17 kW plus to the wheels. While this might work on a cool 65 degree day at 60 mph on a flat road, in most other conditions your likely average power drain would be greater. Not sure what use is a tank that likely gives you ~50-60 miles of range in ideal conditions when its completely full.


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