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It will be released in the U.S. during Q2 2014

BMW announced today that the electric i3 will go on sale in the U.S. during the second quarter of 2014.

The BMW i3 will have an abundance of features, such as three trim levels (Mega, Giga and Tera). It will also sport a 22-kilowatt, 450-pound lithium ion battery, which will provide power to a rear-mounted electric motor. The i3 packs 170 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque, allowing the single-gear i3 to accelerate from 0-30 miles per hour in 3.5 seconds and 0-60 mph in about 7.0 seconds. However, its top speed is 93 MPH. 


The i3 has an electric range of 80-100 miles, and the battery can be charged with a standard system in about three hours. For those who need faster charging, there's the SAE DC Combo Fast Charger for a full charge in only 30 minutes. An optional 34-hp, 650cc two-cylinder generator can be added for additional range. 

The EV will also offer its LifeDrive architecture, which is the overall design of the vehicle through the Life Module and the Drive Module. The Life Module is the first mass-produced monocoque made of carbon fiber reinforced plastic (CFRP), and it's 30 percent lighter than aluminum for an overall weight of 2,700 pounds. The Drive Module, on the other hand, is an aluminum chassis placed under the Life Module, and it contains parts like the battery. 


"The new all-electric BMW i3 is a landmark in BMW's mission to provide a completely sustainable, electric vehicle that still stays true to the Ultimate Driving Machine moniker," said BMW. "The BMW i3 is the first product of the new BMW i sub-brand, and is a truly purpose built electric car. It's a new era for electro mobility at BMW."

The i3 will have a price tag of $41,350 when released in the U.S. during Q2 2014. 

Source: BMW



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Getting better
By Ammohunt on 7/29/2013 3:44:25 PM , Rating: 2
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The i3 has an electric range of 80-100 miles, and the battery can be charged with a standard system in about three hours.


Range is getting better but at $41k i can buy two <insert fuel efficient small car here> for that price or buy one and have $25k to buy 218750 miles of gas at $4 a gallon and 35mpg.




RE: Getting better
By SublimeSimplicity on 7/29/2013 3:55:40 PM , Rating: 2
When you consider the tax credits (you can debate their need, but they exist) this puts the actual price at $28.5k in GA. So a $25k car with $4/gallon and 35mpg will get you a little over 30k miles for $28.5k. That doesn't include oil changes.

The i3 will be much smoother, quicker, and just all around nicer than the $25k ICE. The i3 you also never need to go to the gas station. This is something that doesn't sink in until you own an EV. There is really nothing nice about going to the gas station.


RE: Getting better
By Spuke on 7/29/2013 6:01:29 PM , Rating: 1
quote:
The i3 will be much smoother, quicker, and just all around nicer than the $25k ICE.
No.


RE: Getting better
By Keeir on 7/29/2013 9:28:50 PM , Rating: 3
Ever driven an electric?

Its will be -smoother-. It will feel -quicker-. Now handling seems to be a problem. It probably doesn't handle near the level of a BMW or even a Mazda. Probably better than a Corolla though....


RE: Getting better
By Spuke on 7/30/2013 1:30:50 AM , Rating: 2
quote:
Ever driven an electric?
Yes and I found it sterile and boring. But considering how quiet people like their cars, this will be the biggest selling point in the future. Smooth? An inline-6 is smooth as hell and I can't tell the diff between that motor and the EV I drove. it was definitely quieter but I could care less about that.


RE: Getting better
By Reclaimer77 on 7/30/13, Rating: -1
RE: Getting better
By slunkius on 7/30/2013 3:31:30 AM , Rating: 5
reclaimer cca 1900:

All I know is I can flog the piss out of my horse and still go more miles than any automobile out there. And i don't have to worry about no gas running out. horses are the future, autos are for hippies.


RE: Getting better
By Reclaimer77 on 7/30/13, Rating: -1
RE: Getting better
By roykahn on 7/30/13, Rating: -1
RE: Getting better
By Dorkyman on 7/30/2013 11:16:44 AM , Rating: 2
Maybe no humility, but he's right on this issue.

Today's article in the WSJ noted that BMW was only doing this project because they were "required to" by certain governments in order to remain in the market. In other words, it's not a practical concept, driven by need, but rather a forced project for business purposes, like being forced to install solar panels on a factory roof regardless of cost effectiveness in exchange for permission to build the factory.


RE: Getting better
By Spuke on 7/30/2013 12:14:36 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
Maybe no humility, but he's right on this issue.
Yep, Rec is spot on.


RE: Getting better
By BRB29 on 7/30/2013 9:15:20 AM , Rating: 2
quote:
Yes and I found it sterile and boring. But considering how quiet people like their cars, this will be the biggest selling point in the future. Smooth? An inline-6 is smooth as hell and I can't tell the diff between that motor and the EV I drove. it was definitely quieter but I could care less about that.


No ice can be as smooth as an electric motor. Electric motors have literally a flat torque curve. No ICE engine have accomplished that. The 1 gear in EVs have no shifts.

I think the only smoothness an ICE can have is how it modulates the throttle to blend the changes of acceleration better. However, EVs can do that too. It should be even easier to do since an electric motor and 1 gear transmission should be much more predictable. The software controlling it is probably not as matured since all these EVs have just launched and in their first generation.


RE: Getting better
By Jeffk464 on 7/30/2013 11:14:27 AM , Rating: 2
Yup, not even close to being possible. A lot of the "smoothness" of luxury ICE engines is in the sound insulation and vibration dampening engine mounts.


RE: Getting better
By Dorkyman on 7/30/2013 11:19:52 AM , Rating: 2
If smooth is your objective, go for it. Me, I far prefer cost-effectiveness and practicality.


RE: Getting better
By Spuke on 7/30/2013 12:23:07 PM , Rating: 2
You obviously don't know much about gas engines.


RE: Getting better
By Spuke on 7/30/2013 12:22:31 PM , Rating: 2
I said I COULD NOT TELL !!! Read people! Besides, that's irrelevant cause I didn't like the cars I drove. They were BORING and STERILE. It's Toyota Camry boring. Cars I drove:

1. Tesla Model S
2. Nissan Leaf
3. Chevy Volt


RE: Getting better
By BRB29 on 7/30/2013 12:31:57 PM , Rating: 2
Model S is far from boring. It's roughly the performance of a v6 midsize luxury sports sedan.

The volt is meh and it was made to be. It wasn't meant to be exciting.

The leaf is straight up about savings.

What did you expect? Calling the model S boring and sterile as the Camry....i don't know what you were smoking there. My parents have the new camry and accord. I drove my firend's Model S. The Model S is undoubtedly better and almost as practical.


RE: Getting better
By Reclaimer77 on 7/30/13, Rating: 0
RE: Getting better
By Jeffk464 on 7/30/2013 2:33:44 PM , Rating: 2
ah come on a v6 accord isn't as boring as a camry


RE: Getting better
By Spuke on 7/30/2013 4:08:21 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
ah come on a v6 accord isn't as boring as a camry
A V6 Accord Coupe with 6 speed manual is quite fun. A total sleeper too. 14 flat @ 103 in the 1/4 is pretty damn quick for a non-sporting car.


RE: Getting better
By rountad on 7/31/2013 10:15:20 AM , Rating: 2
I personally dislike FWD.

The Accord is way ahead of the Camry, IMO. That's not really saying much, though.


RE: Getting better
By Spuke on 7/30/2013 3:57:44 PM , Rating: 2
We'll just differ on this. I expected something else when driving the Model S and I was very disappointed. It's well made and very nice looking though. Maybe I'll need a Panamera EV to make me happy with EV's. So far they all suck IMO.


RE: Getting better
By Dug on 7/30/2013 7:46:53 PM , Rating: 2
First person I've heard call the Tesla boring.
I didn't get to drive one but I rode in one and I can tell you it was fast and fun.

0-60 in 4 seconds and quarter mile in 12.5. Yeah that's boring and sterile.


RE: Getting better
By Reclaimer77 on 7/30/2013 12:47:25 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
No ice can be as smooth as an electric motor. Electric motors have literally a flat torque curve. No ICE engine have accomplished that. The 1 gear in EVs have no shifts.


Yes but so what?

It's still like driving a sewing machine. Where's the rev of the engine? Where's the rowing through the gears or the climb of revs before a shift? Where's the excitement?

Where's all the motor-heads at. I don't understand this generation. What's there to get excited about in an electric vehicle?

There's something wondrous about an engine with hundreds of moving parts, violently exploding internally thousands of times a minute...pushing cams...and - oh god - turning a crank aaand AAAAAAAHHKDLFJ;dlsJKFKLJFj;!!!!!!!!!

whew, sorry about that. I need to go shower now.


RE: Getting better
By FaaR on 7/30/2013 2:53:41 PM , Rating: 2
You forgot about the pounding pistons... You like that, don't you? Pounding pistons?

;)


RE: Getting better
By Reclaimer77 on 7/30/2013 9:49:55 PM , Rating: 2
Oh baby!

lmao


RE: Getting better
By rountad on 7/31/2013 10:12:16 AM , Rating: 2
I can't be the only one who likes the soundtrack of a nice, powerful V8.


RE: Getting better
By StormyKnight on 7/29/13, Rating: 0
RE: Getting better
By Reclaimer77 on 7/30/13, Rating: 0
RE: Getting better
By SublimeSimplicity on 7/30/2013 9:39:02 AM , Rating: 2
Who waits? I sleep... do you not sleep?


RE: Getting better
By jRaskell on 7/30/2013 11:25:34 AM , Rating: 2
Sometimes I drive more than 80-100 miles in a day. Actually, at least half my weekends. I stopped taking afternoon naps when I was 5.


RE: Getting better
By DougF on 7/31/2013 8:20:59 AM , Rating: 2
Re: Naps; You'll start taking them again when you reach 55...


RE: Getting better
By imaheadcase on 7/30/2013 11:57:35 AM , Rating: 2
Mmm unless you plan on driving 100+ miles a day, you won't even care if you plug it in. If you do, this care is not made for you anyways. dur


RE: Getting better
By DrChemist on 7/30/2013 10:02:04 AM , Rating: 2
The bigger issue at hand is that it is only $3K more than the Chevy Volt. To be honest I would rather have a BMW vs a Chevy. The price is very affordable compared with the others on the market while still being a luxury model.


RE: Getting better
By Jeffk464 on 7/30/2013 11:15:30 AM , Rating: 2
No other electric car has the gotta have it appeal of the testla though.


RE: Getting better
By Mint on 7/29/2013 8:25:55 PM , Rating: 3
This is a BMW. It costs more than the Leaf for the same reason a 3-series costs more than an Altima.


RE: Getting better
By Spuke on 7/30/2013 1:32:14 AM , Rating: 2
Except a 3 series is a WHOLLY better car than an Altima. It remains to be seen whether the i3 will be that much better than a Leaf.


RE: Getting better
By Mint on 7/30/2013 12:44:21 PM , Rating: 2
We already know it's 2 seconds faster 0-60, and it weighs 600lbs less. It carries the BMW badge, and they're not going to dilute the brand with poor handling, especially when BMW chose 19" wheels standard and EVs have that nice low center of gravity. Ditto for features and materials.

That pretty much sums up the 3-series advantages over an Altima, IMO, so I think the comparison is pretty apt. Is it "that much better"? Well, plenty of people see the BMW premium as a collosal waste of money.


RE: Getting better
By Spuke on 7/30/2013 4:12:39 PM , Rating: 2
I take it you've never driven either car. Other wise you wouldn't make that statement. I have many times. They're an order of magnitude different with the 3er vastly better in most every way. Not saying the Altima isn't a nice car but it definitely is not a 3 series.


RE: Getting better
By FaaR on 7/30/2013 2:51:44 PM , Rating: 2
For the price of one Lamborghini, you can buy 50 Kias. Is that a great deal, if what you really want (and can afford) is a Lamborghini?

It's a BMW, man. It's not gonna be cheap. If you can't afford something of great style, build and quality, buy something cheaper. And no, I'm not elitist, German cars are expensive. Fact of life.


RE: Getting better
By p3ngwin on 7/31/2013 12:52:28 AM , Rating: 2
there are many ways to invest.

you can choose to invest with "money" and expect a return in the same currency, or you can invest money into a another priority you may have.

not everyone prioritizes money, some people are happy to pay money to invest in more important things.

For they people that *have* money, and want to invest in what they *don't* have, these are the kinds of investment few people understand.

when you think "why would you spend that much money when you can buy xxx for "cheaper" than that" , ask yourself what that person may value more than the money they have.


"What would I do? I'd shut it down and give the money back to the shareholders." -- Michael Dell, after being asked what to do with Apple Computer in 1997

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