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BMW i3 Electric Cars

BMW i3 electric car targets everything from the Nissan Leaf, to the Chevrolet Volt and Toyota Prius Plug-In Hybrid

The BMW i3 electric car made its official debut during an elaborate press conference held today, July 29, in New York City. Simultaneous unveilings were staged in London and Beijing, as BMW readies its “i” sub-brand for its global launch.

By Nick Kurczewski / NEW YORK DAILY NEWS

BMW launched the i3 here in New York City, with simultaneous debuts in London and Beijing. The automaker’s i sub-brand will soon grow to include a sport-luxury coupe, the i8, which is expected to carry a price upwards of $120,000.

BMW wants to “break down the barriers” of electric vehicle ownership. Based on the German automaker’s upcoming i3 sedan, it seems to be covering all bases in its attempts to do so.

The above comment came from Robert Healey, BMW’s electric vehicle infrastructure manager, who spoke with the News during the New York launch of the i3 electric car.

This is the first vehicle marketed under BMW’s “i” sub-brand – a luxurious hybrid-powered sports coupe, called the i8, is due to join the lineup later in 2014. When it arrives next spring, the i3 will carry a base price of $42,275 (including destination fee) for the electric-powered variant.

This model comes with a 22-kWh lithium-ion battery pack and 170-horsepower electric motor mounted at the rear of the car. The i3 EV is good for approximately 80-100 miles of “real world” range, a term used several times by BMW representatives during the car’s New York debut.

Nick Kurczewski

The BMW i3 electric car has a solid-looking exterior that is contemporary without being polarizing. When the i3 arrives next year, it will carry a base price of $42,275 (excluding Federal and state tax credits).

BMW i3 Electric Cars

This figure is comparable to current electric vehicles, like the Nissan Leaf and Ford Focus Electric. Only the Tesla Model S luxury sedan, which is nearly double the price of the BMW i3, offers a significantly better electric-only driving range. For customers who are especially concerned about range, BMW has cleverly included a range extending option into the i3 lineup.

Starting at $45,125, the i3 Range Extender model is equipped with a small 2-cylinder gasoline-powered engine (also mounted at the rear of the car, alongside the electric motor). This engine acts as a back-up, of sorts, once battery power is drained.

Acting solely as a generator for the electric motor, the 34-hp engine helps to roughly double the driving range of the i3. A similar system is used in the current Chevrolet Volt – though the Chevy’s gas engine does occasionally power the vehicle on its own. The Volt’s EV range is significantly less than the i3, at about 30 miles, though it trumps the BMW in overall range (300 miles, versus 180-200 in the i3).

Nick Kurczewski

We managed to sneak inside the i3 cabin, which includes plenty of iPad-like display screens and recycled materials. The dash features a swath of responsibly-grown eucalyptus. That should appease any koalas who might be in the market for an EV, or in need of a BMW-sourced snack.


The BMW’s battery pack carries a warranty of 8-years/or 100,000 miles, while the rest of the car is covered by a more typical 4-year/or 50,000 mile warranty.

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