2014 BMW i3 Priced From $42,275

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BMW’s i3 electric car, due in showrooms next spring, is still a week out from its official reveal but we already know all of its specs and now we have the all-important pricing details, too. We can--finally--confirm that the 2014 BMW i3 will be priced from $42,275, including a $925 destination charge.

That is the official price before any federal or state incentives.

And that is the price for the basic i3 hatch without its optional gasoline range-extender engine. Power will come from a rear-mounted electric motor, rated at 125 kilowatts (170 horsepower) and 184 pound-feet of torque.

On a full charge of the car’s 22-kWh lithium-ion battery, owners should expect between 80 and 100 miles of driving range. The range-extender, a 650cc two-cylinder engine, also mounted in the rear, helps boost the total driving range to about 180 miles.

The BMW i3 has been designed as a zero-emission-capable subcompact and is aimed at the world’s metropolitan regions (the car will make simultaneous debuts on July 29 in New York, London and Beijing). The significance of the vehicle is due primarily to its choice of materials; BMW is broaching entirely new territory here, at least in terms of the subcompact segment. The i3 will be the first mass produced car with a carbon fiber reinforced plastic passenger cell mounted on an aluminum chassis.

BMW boasts the i3 will offer interior space comparable to a 3-Series despite a significantly shorter overall body. Its 32.3-foot turning circle and a relatively long wheelbase are also said to make the car feel agile and engaging to drive.

Stay tuned for the full reveal next Monday but in the meantime read up on all the specs here.


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Comments (3)
  1. I know this was reported by Car & Driver yesterday, but as someone close to the program I have to say I think the 160 miles range has been incorrectly reported. I believe the i3's target range is 100 miles which happens to be 160 kilometers. I think the person who reported this for C&D confused miles for km and the car will indeed have a targeted 100 mile range. The $35,000 base price is good news though, as I was expecting something a bit higher. Here is some more info on the i3 powertrain: http://bmwi3.blogspot.com/2011/03/bmw-i3-light-weight-means-less-energy.html

  2. Does this car use the MINI platform? Just curious.

  3. @Rich: No it doesn't. It has a purpose built aluminum/CFRP frame and passenger cell. Designed from the start as an EV with the emphasis on extreme weight reduction and efficiency. It will be bigger than the MINI-E and weigh about 800lbs less.

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