BMW i3 News

By Brad Berman ·
November 05, 2013

BMW Stock Slides, As It Bets On Electric Cars

BMW’s stock fell as much as 4.8 percent today to 79.56 euros, as the company forecast weaker profitability in the fourth quarter due to investments in new models, including the i3 electric car. It’s unfortunate that an investment in electric cars is bearing the burden of the lower price, but on a broader level, it signals the important of the electric “i” brand for BMW. On the other hand, BMW’s investment represents a much-needed infusion of new blood into the EV space—as we approach the third anniversary of the introduction of the Nissan LEAF and Chevy Volt.

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By Brad Berman ·
October 29, 2013

Did BMW Screw Up Visual Design of i3 Electric Car?

The all-electric BMW i3 is a marvel of lightweight aerodynamic design. But, in order to succeed in the marketplace, cars have to appeal on a visual and emotional level. That’s what so many BMW vehicles do. And that’s what electric cars especially need to do—given historical misconceptions that electric cars are glorified golf carts. But as the BMW i3 car gets closer to market, criticism of the all-electric city car’s design is starting to grow.

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By Nikki Gordon-Bloomfield ·
October 24, 2013

Mercedes Electric B-Class Will Battle BMW i3 For Luxury EV Drivers

The BMW i3 isn’t due to launch in the U.S. until next year, but with the European launch only a few weeks away, glowing test-drive reports are flooding in. With 8,000 reservations already taken in Europe alone, the i3 could be a winner. That will only raise the stakes for Mercedes, as its all-electric B class competes with the i3 for EV buyers.

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By Nikki Gordon-Bloomfield ·
October 16, 2013

BMW Considers Upping i3 Production

The 2014 BMW i3, BMW’s first all-electric production car, doesn’t go on sale in the U.S. until early next year, but BMW executives are already considering plans to increase production in light of higher than expected orders.

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By Jim Motavalli ·
October 11, 2013

BMW's Bottom Line: $3,850 for the i3 Range Extender

So equipped, BMW's first electric car will cost $3,950, making it a $45,300 car. Is it worth it? For peace of mind, I'd check the options list.

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By Alysha Webb ·
October 03, 2013

Lessons from ActiveE Used by BMW for i3 Electric Car

When BMW leased 700 of its ActiveE pure electric vehicles to drivers in the United States, the company aimed to study not just how the car was used—but what mattered to the people who leased it. The results of that study are in. BMW applied them to the design and manufacturing of its new i3 electric vehicle. The result may prove a template for future production of many brands of electric vehicles.

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By Brad Berman ·
September 09, 2013

2014 Electric Cars That Could Move the EV Market, Or Not

August 2013 was an impressive month for electric car sales, with the Chevy Volt and Nissan LEAF racking up new records. As has been the case since those first two plug-in models hit the market in late 2010, the Volt and LEAF continue to own the lion’s share of sales. In August, their combined sales were 5,771, more than half the total 11,363 purchases. The plug-in Prius and Model S each contributed about 1,700 sales. Are we locked into this pattern for the next couple of years, or could 2014 electric cars bring entirely new buyers to the market?

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By Nikki Gordon-Bloomfield ·
September 06, 2013

Not Just Futuristic, BMW i3 Electric Car is Welcoming and Accessible

BMW’s official i3 launch in July—replete with razzle-dazzle and claims about revolutionizing transport in the world’s mega-cities—was a turn-off for me. It seemed grandiose. But sitting in the i3 for the first time yesterday at a U.K. event made me change my mind about BMW’s first mass-produced plug-in car: It isn’t just a toy for the automaker known for performance-oriented sedans. It really is a new way of thinking about cars.

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By Laurent J. Masson ·
August 06, 2013

Overview: Plug-in Car Roadmap for German Carmakers

The BMW i3 was unveiled last week, and the Volkswagen e-up! will get its first auto show next month. So, what's next? Here's an overview of German manufacturers' EV projects, brand by brand.

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By David Herron ·
August 05, 2013

Long-Distance Shipping of Electric Car Parts Adds Environmental Impact

That shiny new electric car in your driveway will dramatically reduce your personal environmental footprint, but when the manufacturer ships parts around the world before assembling the car, the transportation of those parts adds to the environmental impact of the car.

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