BMW i3 News

By Nikki Gordon-Bloomfield ·
May 07, 2013

At $40,000, BMW i3 Is Too Expensive

After more than six years of testing electric car technology, BMW will soon be launching its first mass-produced electric car, the i3 city car. BMW North America C.E.O. Ludwig Willisch recently revealed that the i3 will cost about the same as a well-equipped BMW 3-series, or around $40,000. While $40,000 might sound a reasonable cost for a mid-range BMW, it’s not a competitive price for BMW’s first production electric car. Here’s why.

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By Brad Berman ·
April 30, 2013

BMW Encourages Hackers to Develop Sustainable Electric Car Future

The BMW Sustainability Hackathon, held at BMW’s Group Technology Office in Mountain View, Calif., was designed to give local software developers, entrepreneurs, EV drivers, and sustainability advocates the opportunity to meet each other, and dream up technology systems that, in the most general sense, promote sustainable transportation. Among the ideas: an app that allows EV drivers to anonymously email each other using license plate numbers as identification.

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By Tom Moloughney ·
April 16, 2013

Electric Car Dealers Must Address Concerns about Batteries

Car shoppers visiting a dealership to buy a conventional gasoline-powered car know what to expect from the vehicle when they drive it home: things like routine maintenance, life expectancy of major components, and how they will refuel it. These topics rarely need to be discussed at the point of sale anymore. But electric cars are different.

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By Eric Loveday ·
March 25, 2013

BMW i3 US Deliveries to Start in January 2014

On November 16, 2013, the global segment of plug-in vehicles will grow by one with the launch of the highly anticipated BMW i3. Set to first launch in Europe this November, U.S. buyers will most likely get a chance to purchase a BMW i3 starting in January 2014. Pricing will be "less than a 5-series," according to BMW.

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By Jim Motavalli ·
January 17, 2013

In Detroit: BMW's Premium Electric Branding

At the auto show, BMW's braintrust gathered to talk about its goal with the new electric i brand, starting with a city car and an upscale plug-in hybrid.

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By Brad Berman ·
October 30, 2012

What We Know About the Electric BMW i4

The idea that BMW could produce a plug-in car with slightly more room than the i3—and one that possibly uses a gas engine to extend range—makes good sense. In the past year, small EVs have been outsold by plug-in hybrids. The dramatic BMW i8 plug-in hybrid has received a lot of attention, but with a price tag likely to exceed $100,000, it’s an ultra-niche vehicle.

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By Michael Coates ·
September 27, 2012

Here Comes the Electric Autobahn

During the past few months, I've had the chance to drive representative models from each of the German "Big Three." They represent slightly different approaches to the EV market but all are either already in the market or will be soon.

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By Jim Motavalli ·
September 21, 2012

BMW's Big Push on Electrics: Don't Believe the Doubters, the Company Says

By some accounts, BMW's commitment to its fledgling i brand is wavering, but the company says it's plugging in as fast as it can—and the Paris Auto Show is proof.

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By Eric Loveday ·
August 03, 2012

BMW to Sell i3, i8 Directly Over the Internet

For the first time ever, German automaker BMW will sell a pair of its vehicles online. In a move designed to reduce costs, both the i3 and i8 will be sold over the Internet. Does a web-based strategy open EVs to new markets, or push electric cars into a perpetual niche?

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By Eric Loveday ·
July 18, 2012

BMW CEO Urges German Government to Immediately Enact a Plug-In Vehicle Subsidy Law

BMW chief executive officer, Norbert Reithofer, is urging Germany to enact a law that will provide tax subsidies for plug-in vehicles. The German goal is to have at least one million electric vehicles on its roads within the next eight years. But Reithofer says that without subsidies, that goal is way beyond reach.

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