BMW i3 Order Books to Open in Late July

4 years ago by Jay Cole 3

We Keep Showing The BMW i3 Concept Coupe Because The Production 5-Door Has Yet To Be Revealed

We Keep Showing The BMW i3 Concept Coupe Because The Production 5-Door Has Yet To Be Revealed

We know BMW i3 is set to arrive in Europe on November 16th, 2013, and in the US by the end of the year.  However, what was unkown was when customers could actually starting putting their money down and ordering BMW’s plug-in offering.

Now according to a report by AutoCar (via a source at BMW), the German company will open the order system for their electric vehicle “at the very end of July” for Europe, which means orders would also likely begin for the US around the same time.

Best Look So Far Of A Production-Ready i3 Caught In The Wild

Best Look So Far Of A Production-Ready i3 Caught In The Wild

BMW’s electric 5-door has a range of about 93 miles. but will also be offered with an extended range 2 cylinder engine that enable the vehicle to travel up to 200 miles in total.

In fact, all the early inventory that has been allocated to the US will have the extended range option (estimated to cost around $4,000 more) added to the package; at least according to BMW North America CEO, Ludwig Willisch.

BMW recently completed their first pre-production series cars this past January, and we recently got our first partial look at the production-intent i3.

The BMW i3 is expected to have a price starting in the mid $40,000 range when it arrives in the US, £35,000 in the UK.

Autocar

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3 responses to "BMW i3 Order Books to Open in Late July"

  1. I suspect pre-ordering for the US market will probably happen a bit later, like after the Frankfurt Auto show.

  2. Pawan says:

    @ tom. Does that mean you are going to get one with the range extender? Because i can not imagine you waiting for the model without rex! Or are you considering a tesla 65 kwh?

    1. Pawan: I have not made up my mind on that yet. If the i3 delivers the range I expect (>90m mile EPA rating) then I probably will not get the range extender. It would be a nice feature to have I admit, if only for the one or two times a month that I would use it.

      However here in NJ zero emission vehicles are sales tax exempt, so if I get the REx then the car isn’t a zero emission car anymore and thus you pay sales tax. Therefore it isn’t only going to cost me the $3,500 -$4,000 extra for the option, but also an additional $4,000 or so for sales tax, making it a VERY expensive option indeed.

      I will be faced with a real dilemma if the EPA range rating comes in lower than expected, say 85 or 86 miles per charge. I don’t think I could live with that so I would HAVE to get the range extender option. After living with the MINI-E and ActiveE for four years now I really have gotten used to a 90-100 mile EV and it’s perfect for me. Sure the 85 or 86 mile range would be fine the first year or two, but once I get a little capacity loss I would have difficulty and I don’t want to worry about that. I do believe I won’t have to worry though because I fully expect the EPA rating to be north of 90 miles per charge. As long as that’s the case I’ll simply figure out exactly how much extra the REx will cost (once we have real pricing) and decide if I should go for it or not.