In July 2014, BMW USA sold 336 units of the BMW i3 electric vehicle. In June BMW sold 358 i3 models. InsideEVs says that the i3 inventory remains healthy around the country with close to 1,000 units available for purchase.

BMW sells in the U.S. the fully electric i3 BEV and the i3 REx and so far the ratio has been in favor of the Range Extender i3. In June, the REx/BEV ratio was  3:2.

US EPA says the BMW i3 BEV has a range of 81 miles with a combined MPGe of 124 (138 MPGe City, 111 MPGe Highway). BMW i3 REx is rated at 72 miles on full electric mode and 39 MPG when using the two cylinder gasoline engine. MPGe combined is 117 and the total range comes to 150 miles.

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In order to reduce range anxiety, BMW i3 REx comes with a rear-mounted 650cc, 34 hp, two-cylinder, gasoline- powered Range Extender generator is available, which roughly doubles the vehicle’s range. When the battery gets to a certain level, the Range Extender starts and maintains the battery’s current state of charge.


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The Range Extender never directly drives the vehicle’s wheels. The Range Extender adds roughly 330 lbs. to the vehicle curb weight and has a fuel capacity of 1.9 gallons. Pricing (before federal or local incentives) starts at $41,350; $45,200 for Range Extender model.

BMW has yet to reveal the monthly forecast for i3 sales but without a doubt, the expectations are higher than the units sold in July. The lease rates on i3 are still on the high side due to the low residual values placed on the i3. It remains to be seen if BMW will change the i3 financials in the upcoming months.