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2014 BMW i3

At a Glance

Pricing $41,350 - $45,200
Drive Types RWD
Engines EV
Transmissions A1

Our Ratings

Velocity Index 50

Overview Information

The BMW i3 is a purpose built electric vehicle intended to appeal to urban customers. The i3 is a four-passenger model with a hatchback. Access to the rear seat is provided by two rear-hinged access doors. The rear-mounted electric is rated at 170-bhp and drives the rear wheels. BMW estimates that the 22 kWh lithium-ion battery pack gives the i3 an 80-100 mile driving range. A full recharge at 220V requires 3 hours. For drivers that worry about the electric driving range, the i3 is available with a 34-bhp 650cc two-cylinder gasoline range extender engine. The range extender is used to provide electricity and does not drive the wheels. The i3 has a uniquely styled interior with upright seating.

What Changed:

The i3 is an all-new electric vehicle from BMW. BMW anticipates a range of 80-100 miles. An optional range extending gas engine will double that range.

Official Word:

BMW today introduced the all-new BMW i3 electric car, constructed in a revolutionary way from next-generation materials. The BMW i3 will go on sale in the US market in the second quarter of 2014, and starts with a base MSRP of $41,350, before any federal or state incentives, and before Destination & Handling fee (currently $925). Contents: 1. Highlights & Quick-References: The All-New BMW i3. 2. The Ultimate Driving Machine: Driving Dynamics Worthy of BMW. 3....Read.

Model/Trim/Package Engine MPG VjI Base Price
i3 EV (170-bhp) A1 RWD 50 $41,350
i3 range extender EV (170-bhp) A1 RWD 50 $45,200