BMW i3 Priced In Japan From $49,000 USD, Features CHAdeMO Only. BMW i8 Priced From $191,500

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BMW i3 Orders Now Open In Japan - First Deliveries In April Of 2014

BMW i3 Orders Now Open In Japan – First Deliveries In April Of 2014

BMW Japan has announced the upcoming all-electric i3 will be priced from ¥ 4,990,000 in Japan – about $49,000 USD, and the i8 from ¥19,170,000 or about $191,500 USD – both figures include 8% consumption tax.

BMW i8's Pricetag Starts Almost At $200,000 In Japan - Deliveries In Summer Of 2014

BMW i8’s Pricetag Starts Almost At $200,000 In Japan – Deliveries In Summer Of 2014

The BMW i3 is expected to have an all electric range of around 85-90 miles in the United States when it is rated by the EPA.

Thankfully BMW is not giving out any ridiculous JC-08 Japanese range expectations (an example of which would be the 2013 Nissan LEAF is rated at 141 miles in Japan), but is touting some more realistic figures, consistent with European press releases:

“On a single charge, the i3 can travel up to 160km (99 miles) from about 130km (80 miles). And approximately up to 200km (124 miles) to extend the range from 180km (112 miles) in (the most efficient mode)”  –  translated from Japanese

BMW i3 Fast Charge Port Will Not Look Like This In Japan - CHAdeMO Only

BMW i3 Fast Charge Port Will Not Look Like This In Japan – CHAdeMO Only

Of special interest is the fact that the i3 will not be offered with the new CCS (Combo) fast charging system in Japan that BMW has publically backed elsewhere in the world; but rather the “opposition’s” CHAdeMO standard – although considering the huge market dominance of CHAdeMO in Japan, it is not a totally unexpected decision.

“…BMW i3 adopts Japan specification CHAdeMO method.  The use of fast charge, it is possible to charge 80% in about 30 minutes.  If ordinary charge in home or work for normal use, and a full charge in about 8 hours.” – translated from Japanese

BMW i3 & i8 Pricing In Japan

BMW i3 & i8 Pricing In Japan

The BMW i3 with “range extender option” will also be offered in Japan from ¥ 5,460,000 (including 8% consumption tax) or $54,600 USD.  We expect BMW i3 REx to add up to about 87 miles of range when it is rated for the US.

BMW is now accepting orders on both cars in Japan, and the first i3 will be delivered on April 5th, 2014, with the i8 scheduled to arrive in the summer of 2014.

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13 responses to "BMW i3 Priced In Japan From $49,000 USD, Features CHAdeMO Only. BMW i8 Priced From $191,500"

  1. Jerry says:

    Which would make sense. It will probably even have a different fast charge system for China.

  2. David Murray says:

    I wonder where the port goes. Did they have to make a separate charge door, or make the existing door bigger like Nissan’s?

    1. Suprise Cat says:

      It has a smaller or same sized door at the side with the Chademo plug only in it. The single phase AC plug is now in the front box, where you can store the charging cable and directly plug it in without walking around the car first.

      http://monoist.atmarkit.co.jp/mn/articles/1311/13/news095.html

      1. David Murray says:

        OMG.. so you have to pop the hood every time to charge it on level 2?! That’s annoying! That’s a fail!

        1. Suprise Cat says:

          Why? You have to open it anyways when you store your charging cable there. And it’s not like a heavy and large V8 hood…it’s much lighter than opening the trunk door.

  3. Dan Frederiksen says:

    Wait, does this mean you can’t charge it at home?? no level 2 at all?

    1. Eric Loveday says:

      No…it’s meant to imply that there will be no CCS at all…only CHAdeMO

      1. Dan Frederiksen says:

        that doesn’t really answer my question though

        1. Eric Loveday says:

          The AC plug is in the frunk as shown above

          1. Dan Frederiksen says:

            what do you mean shown above? I don’t see any pictures of a frunk plug

  4. vdiv says:

    “considering the huge market dominance of CHAdeMO in Japan”

    Uhm, not only in Japan.

    1. Jay Cole says:

      Well, what we meant was irreversible death grip…but I was being nice, (=

  5. ModernMarvelFan says:

    I am shocked by the i8 price tag.

    I wonder what the Acura NSX hybrid cost these days…