First All-Electric BMW i3 Delivered in U.S.

By Daniel Berg on 2 May 2014
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BMW of Manhattan's special BMW i showroom display area

BMW of Manhattan’s special BMW i showroom display area

BMW delivered an all-electric BMW i3 in the United States to its first customer, Charles Rabie, a Tufts University professor and advocate of electric vehicles in Boston. BMW i3s are now available for delivery at select dealerships nationwide.

The car will cost $41,350, while the range-extender model will start at $45,200.

The BMW i3 made its first appearance as a concept car at the IAA in 2011 and is also the first car offered by BMW i.  It debuted at the 2013 Frankfurt Internationale Automobil Ausstellung (International Automobile Show).

To offset the additional weight of the car’s batteries, BMW used carbon fiber reinforced plastic for the passenger cell of the i3.

The i3’s electric motor generates a maximum output of 170 hp with a peak torque of 184 pound-feet. The zero-emission car can accelerate from 0-62 mph (0-100 km/h) in 7.2 seconds and offers a driving range of 80-100 miles (130-160 km) with fully charged lithium-ion batteries.

This summer, BMW will add the 2015 BMW i8, which is also built using carbon fiber reinforced plastic, to its i lineup. The i8 is a plug-in hybrid equipped with a conventional 3.0-liter turbocharged gasoline engine in combination with a modified version of the electric motor which powers the BMW i3.  The combined power output is 362 horsepower with 420 pound-feet of torque while the estimated fuel economy is said to be 94 mpg (2.5 l/100 km) in the EU test cycle.

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