BMW i3 Has Strong Sales Debut In May
BMW kicked off sales of the i3 in a big way in May as 336 were sold in the US.
It should be noted that the vast majority of the i3 sales were of the ‘fully electric’ variety as the extended range version had a little trouble acquiring their EPA/Monroney stickers out of the gate.
Despite BMW continually talking about high worldwide demand for the i3 is, and announcing multiple steps to increase production at the car’s factory in Leipzig, Germany, the company has made a fair amount of inventory available (~600 units) in the US in order to promote the car.
Our own ‘insider’ says that perhaps as many as a further 500 are now stacked up at port also waiting to hit the market in June – which looks to be an even stronger month for the plug-in BMW.
Of interest: The BMW i3 set the US record for most plug-ins sold in the first month of availability, narrowly edging out the Chevy Volt’s 3.5 year old figure
- BMW i3 – 336 (May 2014)
- Chevrolet Volt – 326 (Dec 2010)
- Fiat 500e – 200* (July 2013)
- Ford C-Max Energi – 144 ( Oct 2012)
- Ford Fusion Energi – 119 (Feb 2013)
- Mitsubishi i-MiEV (then just the ‘i’) - 80 (Dec 2011)