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BMW is experiencing strong early demand for the i3 EV

Back in July BMW officially announced the starting price for the all-electric i3 EV at $41,350. BMW CFO Fredrick Eichner has now announced that customers have reserved over 8,000 of the little electric vehicles ahead of the official launch in Europe next month.

Eichner said, "If demand holds, which is what it’s looking like, we will soon have to invest more."

BMW has plans to sell 10,000 i3 units next year and previously announced that it would adjust build capacity according to market demand. High initial demand for the i3 is good news for the electric vehicle market overall since demand for electric vehicles continues to be very low compared to traditional and hybrid vehicles.

The BMW i3 will sell for €34,950 in Germany with the cars rolling into dealerships on November 16. BMW plans to launch in the U.S., China, and Japan in the first half of 2014.
Eichner added, "Demand in China and North America continues to be strong. It makes sense for us to think about expanding production capacity in North America."

One of the biggest reasons that many consumers continue to avoid electric vehicles is range anxiety. Owners of electric vehicles fear not having a car to go on longer distance trips. BMW is getting around that concern by offering a $3,950 gasoline engine/generator option that recharges the onboard battery pack.

Source: Detroit News

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I saw one of these tooling around
By bill.rookard on 10/15/2013 12:38:18 PM , Rating: 2
and.... I'm underwhelmed. While I don't know how the vehicle actually drives (these are supposed to be the Ultimate Driving Machines after all), it's not really the best looking vehicle on the road with its proportions and dimensions. It strikes me much like the Pontiac Aztek: Competent machine, but wouldn't be seen dead in one.

RE: I saw one of these tooling around
By BabelHuber on 10/15/2013 4:00:26 PM , Rating: 2
According to the review of a German news site, the handling is even superiour to a Tesla Model S.

The review is not very good, though - just like you'd expect from a news magazine.

Here is the link to the original article:

RE: I saw one of these tooling around
By Reclaimer77 on 10/16/2013 1:09:29 AM , Rating: 2
According to the review of a German news site, the handling is even superiour to a Tesla Model S.

That just reeks of misplaced German pride, that statement.

And that's ME saying that, the "Tesla hater" of DT...

RE: I saw one of these tooling around
By BabelHuber on 10/16/2013 2:08:39 PM , Rating: 2
Do you have any source which disagrees with the test result?

I already stated that one should take this with a grain of salt, but OTOH I have not seen any other review yet.

So I would be careful with such claims until we have other sources.

After all, it is not really unrealistic to assume that driving pleasure is one goal at BMW when a new car is developed...

By Reclaimer77 on 10/16/2013 6:23:37 PM , Rating: 2
"The review is not very good, though"

These are your own words, yes?

RE: I saw one of these tooling around
By Keeir on 10/17/2013 6:44:49 PM , Rating: 2

The i3 probably fits in tighter spaces and is easier on city driving.

True "sports" handling is apparently lacking according to most sources on the pre-production units

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