BMW i3 Debuts in Munich, New York, and Beijing

By Jeremy Del Nero on 29 July 2013
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The BMW i3 at its launch in New York City

The BMW i3 at its launch in New York City

BMW unveiled the production version of its new electric car, the BMW i3.  The i3 will be available for purchase in the U.S. starting

in the second quarter of 2014.

The new i3 has the automotive industry’s first mass-produced carbon fiber reinforced plastic (CFRP) body and the use of the revolutionary material is a major factor in the i3’s efficiency.

BMW had to develop an entirely new manufacturing process to build the i3.

The engine develops 170 horsepower and 184 pound-feet (250 Nm) of torque.  The 2,700-pound (1,225-kilogram) car can reach 60 mph (97 km/h) in approximately 7 seconds from a stopped position.

The 22-kWh lithium-ion battery will power the i3 for 80-100 miles (130-160 kilometers) of real-world driving.  It can be charged in 3 hours via a 220-volt source at 32 amps.  An optional SAE DC Combo Fast Charging port will provide an 80% charge in 20 minutes and 100% in 30 minutes.

The base i3 model starts at $41,350 and the Range Extender model comes in at $45,200, both exclusive of destination and handling fees as well as sales tax.  Some federal or local credits may apply as well.

(Photo: Accura Media Group)