BMW i3 Electric Car Pricing Announced
"The BMW i3 heralds the dawn of a new era for individual mobility and for the BMW Group. True to a genuine BMW, the BMW i3 has strong emotional appeal, outstanding product substance and a guarantee of sheer driving pleasure," said Ian Robertson, member of the board of management, sales and marketing BMW.
Constructed with an aluminum frame and carbon fiber-reinforced plastic passenger cell, the new BMW i3 is equipped with a BMW-developed and BMW-produced electric motor and a 22 kWh Lithium-ion battery, and can be recharged using a BMW i home charging station or a Level 2 SAE J1772 public charging station. A DC fast-charging option will provide an 80% charge in 20 minutes or less, according to BMW. The company predicts a driving range of 80 to 100 miles for the new i3.
The BMW i3 is rated to produce 170 horsepower and 184 lb.-ft. of torque, and BMW promises the interior space of a 3 Series combined with "agile and engaging" driving dynamics. The car officially debuts at the end of July, but won't reach U.S. showrooms until mid-2014.