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The ultimate driving EV? BMW launches all-electric i3 | The Verge

This is the automaker s first genuine, built-from-the-ground-up electric vehicle. As you d guess, the car introduces a number of other firsts for the German company. Chief among them is a passenger compartment made from carbon fiber-reinforced plastic — a breakthrough design element that results in a weight of only 2,600 pounds. Today, at simultaneous events held in New York City, London, and Beijing, the company finally took the wraps off its production model i3. BMW says the EV is capable of maximum distances ranging between 80 to 100 miles, powered by a 170-horsepower electric motor.

The i3 will arrive in the US in the second quarter of next year priced at $41,350 to start, but European drivers will begin seeing it this November.

On the eve of its public unveiling, the production BMW i3 remains hidden beneath a white cover. (Image credit: BMW Group)

BMW s reveal of the i3 EV draws near as press begin to assemble for the company s New York City event.

BMW held a live simulcast connecting New York, London, and Beijing to showcase the production model i3.

The cover finally comes off BMW s i3 electric car, providing the first glimpse at a production model of the hatchback. (Image credit: BMW Group)

BMW s senior executives were joined by a future driver for the i3 unveiling.

One of the BMW i3 s most unique features isn t visible from the outside. Its passenger compartment is made entirely of carbon fiber-reinforced plastic, leading to a much lighter vehicle that doesn t sacrifice on safety.

BMW s iconic logo is surrounded by the chrome wheels of the new i3 hatchback EV.

As soon as the white cover was pulled away, members of the press began snapping photos of the BMW i3.

On the roof of its New York City venue, BMW showed off another of the i3 s available finish options.

Backed by a 170-horsepower electric motor, the BMW i3 can take you from zero to 60 in seven seconds.

Unfortunately for journalists eager to sample the BMW i3 s interior, the car was locked.

BMW executive Peter Schwarzenbauer fields one of many press questions about the production i3 and its $41,350 price tag.

Back downstairs, BMW continues to showcase its brand new i3 EV as a special guest arrives.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg was on hand to praise the BMW i3 s environment-friendly engineering.

Bloomberg revealed that he once owned a BMW — before the private car that came with his current job.

Bloomberg, a major proponent of green initiatives, congratulated BMW on the i3 s unveiling.

BMW s designers will tell you that the i3 is a vehicle built for the future, but blue accents are an immediate reminder of the automaker s legacy.

From a performance standpoint, BMW s i3 ranks similarly to the electric competition.

BMW finally opens the doors on the i3, granting onlookers a tour of the new EV s interior.

There s no shortage of electronics mixed in with the i3 s wood paneling and other refinements, but by designing an EV from the ground up, BMW has afforded the car a spacious interior.

When it comes to navigation, automakers still prefer building their own software rather than integrating a native Google Maps experience.

A touch display near the i3 s steering column offers quick access to gear selections and keyless ignition.

It s not exactly a sports coupe, but the BMW i3 s hatchback design offers plenty of storage space.

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