BMW i3 makes its debut simultaneously in New York, London and Beijing

The series version of the BMW i3 was unveiled today simultaneously worldwide. The i3 is BMW’s first pure electric series-produced model.

The electric motor produces 170bhp and 250Nm of torque. Power is sent to the rear-wheels via single speed transmission and 0-62mph comes in 7.2 seconds, while the top speed is 93mph.

22 kWh lithium-ion battery offers a range of 81 – 99 miles on a single charge. For added range, the i3 is also available with a two-cylinder range-extender, that maintains the charge of the lithium-ion battery at a constant level, offering a combined range of up to 180 miles.

“Innovation drives change. The i3 is more than just a car. It’s a revolutionary step towards sustainable mobility. It is purpose-built around an electric power train to serve the needs of our megacity customers,” said Chairman of the Board of Management of BMW AG, Norbert Reithofer, at the world premiere in New York on Monday.

The i3 features a carbon-fibre passenger cell and a chassis made of aluminium, weighing 1,195 kg.

The BMW i3 will be priced from £25,680 (after a £5,000 government grant) with first customers taking deliveries in late 2013.

The global market for EVs is growing fast and BMW surely wants a piece of it. Last year almost 93,000 electric vehicles were registered worldwide and this year the number is estimated to be 150,000.


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