The Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (without Destination & Handling) in the US will be $41,350, before any federal or state incentives. The Destination & Handling fee in the US is currently $925. The BMW i3 with range extender option starts at $45,200.
BMW reports that over 8,000 pre-orders for the car have been placed, a great start for the company that is looking to potentially increase the projected production.
The car’s electric drive-train generates output of 125 kW/170 hp and peak torque of 250 Newton meters, which is immediately available from a standing start. The BMW i3 sprints from 0 to 60 km/h in 3.7 seconds and from 0 to 100 km/h in 7.2 seconds. Its top speed is limited to 150 km/h for efficiency reasons.
BMW i3 ($42,275)
With a range of up to 100 miles from its lithium-ion battery pack, the BMW i3 is a lot like other electric vehicles. What’s innovative is the way it’s built: A passenger cell made from carbon-fiber-reinforced plastic means a curb weight of around 2800 pounds—light for any kind of car. And by reexamining the production process all the way down to the raw materials, BMW found a way to offer a car made from exotic materials for a little over $40,000. Affordable, mass-produced carbon fiber has the potential to make every vehicle safer and more fun to drive. The i3 goes on sale in Europe late this year and will be available stateside in spring 2014.
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