BMW i3 Has Strong Sales Debut In May

4 months ago by Jay Cole 8

BMW i3

With Hundreds Of BMW i3s At Port Earlier This Month, We Anticipated High Volume Sales For Its First Month On The US Market

BMW kicked off sales of the i3 in a big way in May as 336 were sold in the US.

Tom Moloughney Takes Delivery Of First BMW i3 REx in US

Tom Moloughney Takes Delivery Of First BMW i3 REx in 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.

The first BMW i3 REx was delivered to InsideEVs contributor Tom Moloughney on May 21st (full story here), while the first fully electric i3 was sold on the first of the month.

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.

BMW i3 and BMW i3 REx Both Qualify For An $2,500 CVRP Rebate In California

BMW i3 and BMW i3 REx Both Qualify For An $2,500 CVRP Rebate In California

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

  1. BMW i3 – 336 (May 2014)
  2. Chevrolet Volt – 326 (Dec 2010)
  3. Fiat 500e - 200* (July 2013)
  4. Ford C-Max Energi – 144 ( Oct 2012)
  5. Ford Fusion Energi – 119 (Feb 2013)
  6. Mitsubishi i-MiEV (then just the ‘i’) - 80 (Dec 2011)

 

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8 responses to "BMW i3 Has Strong Sales Debut In May"

  1. David says:

    How many BEV vs REX?

  2. jmac says:

    Norway electric car sales results for May, 2014

    VW Up* 465*

    Tesla Nodel S 371
    Nissan Leaf 340
    BMW i3 131
    Citroen C=Zero 65
    Peugeot i-On 34
    Mitsub. i-Miev 23

    ++++ The electric version of the VW Up accounts for 78% of total Up sales in Norway for the month of May and similarly 77% of Up sales for the entire year.

    Some manufactures do no list electric sales of the same model separately, so sorry if I missed something. Here’s the link:

    http://bestsellingcarsblog.com/2014/06/03/norway-may-2014-vw-up-up-to-best-ever-2nd-place/#more-43412

    1. Mikael says:

      Still no e-Golf (the Golf being norways most popular car)?

      Anyone know when deliveries of the e-Golf will start in Germany and Norway?

      1. mutle says:

        I think in August.

  3. Jay says:

    Just got word from my CA that a majority of i3 Rex are still being held at the VDC due to a Front Bumper Support campaign. Parts for the specific “repair” are on back-order thus causing additional delays.

    My Rex has been sitting at VDC since 5/01…and counting. Ugh.

  4. Nix says:

    Of course it helps BMW’s sales numbers when they have control over when they take their ActiveE cars back from folks who were leasing them, pushing them into i3 sales.

    I believe the “elecronauts” (SP?) like Tom are getting the first cars, so these sales have been in the pipeline for a couple of years.

  5. Isiah Smith says:

    That car looks retarded; almost as bad as the retarded looking Pontiac Aztec.

  6. joseph gillespie says:

    our local dealer has not had single test drive mu less a sale

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