2014 BMW i3 Priced From $41,350

JUL 22 2013 BY ERIC LOVEDAY 28

BMW i3 Gets a Price Tag That's Almost Exactly What We Predicted

BMW i3 Gets a Price Tag That’s Almost Exactly What We Predicted

The 2014 BMW i3 gets a price and it’s right in the range we predicted.

i3 in Solar Metallic Orange

i3 in Solar Metallic Orange

Starting at $41,350 (+ $925 for destination), the i3 is certainly priced to compete.  If you factor in the $7,500 federal tax credit, then the cost drops to $33,850.  For those in California, the state-level credit drops the i3’s price down to $31,350.

BMW still has not told us the additional fee buyers who opt for the range-extender will have to pay, but we’d say it’s in the ballpark range of $2,000 to $4,000.

That’s basically all of the news that BMW “let out of the bag” in the wee hours of the morning, the rest was limited mostly to these few recaps of information already known to us:

  • The BMW i3’s 170 horsepower and 184 lb-ft of torque hybrid-synchronous electric motor, developed and produced by BMW, is electrified by a 22-kWh lithium-ion battery, good for 80-100 miles of emission-free driving.
  • DC fast charging, using the SAE DC Combo-Fast Charger, will be available as an option.

Full press release below:

US Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price just $41,350

The Ultimate Driving Machine® in a new era of sustainability

Woodcliff Lake, NJ – 3:00 am EDT/12:00 am PDT July 22, 2013… BMW today announced pricing for the ground-breaking BMW i3 electric vehicle. The Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (without Destination & Handling) in the US will be $41,350, before any federal or state incentives. The Destination & Handling fee in the US is currently $925.

“The BMW i3 heralds the dawn of a new era for individual mobility and for the BMW Group. True to a genuine BMW, the BMW i3 has strong emotional appeal, outstanding product substance and a guarantee of sheer driving pleasure,” said Ian Robertson, Member of the Board of Management, Sales and Marketing BMW. “With this leading-edge vehicle and attractive price, we will provide customers with a compelling offer for electromobility.”

The BMW i3’s 170 horsepower and 184 lb-ft of torque hybrid-synchronous electric motor, developed and produced by BMW, is electrified by a 22-kWh lithium-ion battery, good for 80-100 miles of emission-free driving. Designed from the ground up to be an electric car, the BMW i3 uses the Industry’s first mass produced carbon fiber reinforced plastic (CFRP) passenger cell mounted on an aluminum chassis.

The BMW i3 will offer interior space comparable to the legendary BMW 3 Series on a shorter overall body. Its 32.3-foot turning circle and a relatively long wheelbase make it agile and engaging to drive, yet ideally suited to driving in dense urban areas.

Quick and convenient charging is possible either with the home charging station supplied by BMW i or at any public charging station that uses a Level 2 SAE J1772 charging system. DC fast charging, using the SAE DC Combo-Fast Charger, will be available as an option. From a public fast-charging station, it will provide an 80 percent charge from a fully depleted battery in just 20 minutes.

BMW i’s commitment to sustainable urban mobility encompasses the i3 production facilities, where hydro-electric, wind and solar power are used to power the CFRP production facilities in Moses Lake, Washington and the Leipzig, Germany assembly line. Sustainable materials are also used for the BMW i3 interior upholstery and trim.

The BMW i3 will make its world debut at three simultaneous events in New York, London and Beijing on Monday, July 29.

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GM is going to announce Volt price cuts on the same day. I proffer a $34k MSRP.

So it’s $41,350 (+ $925 for destination) (+ $3000 for the range extender) (+ ? for DC quick charger)

I don’t think it will be hard to get the price over $50K quick.

If it is like other BMWs you have forgotten:

Leather +$1500
Technology Package (backup camera) +$3000
Cold Weather Package (heated seats) +$1500
Navigation +$2000
Sunroof +$2000
etc.

I am guessing you will need to add $10,000 in options to feel like you are driving a BMW or even to get comparable features to a LEAF SL or Volt. It will be a very nice car, but it will not be cheap.

I am still wondering if they will put together a competitive lease deal on it. $350/mo and these would fly off the lots.

Any word on US test drives? Do we have to wait until they get to our local dealers or will the do a test drive tour like many other plug-ins have done?

I think we should add the same costs to this vehicle as they add to the Volt in Germany.
The Volt after VAT taxes in Germany costs $80,000 … we should do the same!
Then see how popular these German EVs are here selling for $80,000 …
Why should we let them add $40K to our Volt then give them $7500 to dump their products here?

Tax imports .. they do it to us.

I thought a news story came out a few weeks ago saying the range extender was a $2,000 option.

No David, BMW hasn’t announced the range extender price yet. Everything you’ve heard so far has been guesses. Autoblog originally said the range extender would cost $2,000 even though most other news outlets have said it will likely cost $4,000. Autoblog also said the i3 would cost $34,500 before tax incentives and we see they were way off with that one also.
Personally I’m expecting between $3,000 and $4,000 for the REx. That would mean you can get an i3 with the range extender for around $37,000 to $38,000 after the federal tax credit. Add a couple options and you have a nicely equipped ~90mile EV with a range extender for around $40-$42K. This car is going to sell well IMHO. If nothing else, it’s adding to the electric choices we have have because there’s nothing else like this in the market and probably won’t be for a while.

This creates a new segment with the long EV range and low powered REx. It is also the only carbon fiber EV on the market, so probably the lightest and best handling (Model S P85+ may handle better but different beast).

It will be exciting to see how the sales progress. Any idea on planned inventory levels or rollout? Test drive event?

It’s the only gasoline powered car with single occupant access to California HOV lane http://www.myelectriccarforums.com/bmw-i3-rex-will-be-only-gasoline-powered-with-hov-access-in-california/ and that alone could cause some people to go for it

Yes, and all the ‘green’ stickers will be gone probably by the time the i3 is out in the US…that is a huge deal as it qualifies for the white (hence the fuel capacity reservoir).

How many will be modify that tank after purchase I wonder? More than a few I suspect.

“… there’s nothing else like this in the market and probably won’t be for a while.” That is true because there is something better, original, and American: The Chevrolet Volt.

That’s pretty good pricing that will bring in another batch of electric drivers.

How much extra to remove the stupid looking ring of cloud/wave paint that thankfully isn’t covering the entire vehicle? 😉

I’m guessing that’s just the prototype paint holdover, but I’d still like to see the actual colors offered and more details on the interior and packages.

In the Netherlands it’s 35,5k for the full electric and 40k for the REx, meaning a price tag for the REx of 4,5k. Expect the price difference in the States to be the same.

@ Robster…Could you direct us to the source for this price? Found it…Thanks

Currency please?

Euros

Wishes…

* I wish this thing cost less
* I wish the range extender performance were better (but 25kW may be OK.. TBD)
* I wish my Volt had a 90 mile AER

Bravo to BMW!

In California the i3 will begin at a net cost of $31,350.
BMW has always said it would be comparable to a mid to high range BMW 3 series and less than a 5 series. Not only did they hit their mark, it is lower than the MSRP of the least expensive 3 series.

Amazing accomplishment for a car that redefines completely the composition and materials used to construct an automobile.
One more time….Bravo BMW!

2013 BMW 3 series price: MSRP: $32,550 – $68,750
2013 BMW 5 series price: MSRP: $47,800 – $70,100

Cheers
Peder
85,000 miles of sunshine powered driving

Yes, I agree Peder

We really did not know which was this would ultimately go…I don’t think anyone would have been surprised if BMW came out at 39,950 after the federal credit.

An electric Bimmer with decent range in the low 30s after credit is excellent, they are going to sell a lot of them. Estimated mid 30s with the REx also very aggressive.

On a side note: Just grabbed the window sticker from my 2003 BMW 330ci…Fairly loaded, but with a stick shift of course. In 2003, its MSRP was just over $48,000. So, yeah…I’d say the i3 is cheap for a Bimmer.

Josh said:
If it is like other BMWs you have forgotten:

Leather +$1500
Technology Package (backup camera) +$3000
Cold Weather Package (heated seats) +$1500
Navigation +$2000
Sunroof +$2000

end quote

Well it’s a BMW so this is what I expected. The 40K+ 2K RE= 42K number is out the window. My interest level has just dropped a notch but it hasn’t gone away.

I still have 22 months on my Volt lease and a lot can happen by then.

I’m hoping for a cost reduction on the Tesla S 60 kwh version.

if anyone gets this ugly looking pug over the volt you are a moron

Good, another one to add to the mix. It will definitely be on my list to look at when my Volt lease is up. However if it’s like other BMW E’s it may not have the “coast” mode like the LEAF or Volt. Where you take your foot off the gas and it just coasts instead of regen braking. That could be a deal breaker for me. When I drive like that in my Volt it gets passengers carsick.

It’s a pity (not a shame, as I can understand why not) we don’t have the 7,5k tax credit in the Netherlands (neither in Germany). You only get tax breaks for ev’s as a company owner. Otherwise we would end up with a price tag below 30k. That’s cheaper than a 1 series in NL. My 2012 BMW 116i + business package + Sportseats was 34k (all in euro’s)

Pure electric cars will be a niche product until they can out perform gasoline powered cars across the board and cost the same or less. In other words an electric car has to have 300 mile range and recharge in 5 minutes with tens of thousands of those 5 minute recharge stations across the country. Sound ludicrous? Never before in the history of technology has a worse product replaced an established product.

I know the current state of electric cars work for some…the 1%, but that’s not a sustainable model for a mainstream product.

Since when is 1¢/mile worse than 10¢/mile*? Since when is 85% of regular driver’s range fully within current EV technology’s range 1%? You really need to troll somewhere else.

* doesn’t include maintenance costs, oil changes, etc.

It is an ugly three-year-late copy of the Chevy Volt, and too expensive. Without the range extender (which is free when you buy a Volt), I can see a few of them waiting for a tow truck when their battery runs down.

Sorry, BMW! Only your idiotic fans will buy them!

The Volt doesn’t have a range extender. It’s a plug-in hybrid because there is a direct connection between the ICE and the wheels. The BMW i3 does NOT have a direct connection between the REx and the wheels.

You will see far fewer i3s (or any other EVs) on the side of the road with low battery condition than you will see gas-powered cars on the side of the road out of gas, overheating, or on fire.

You and Johnathan really need somewhere else to troll EV drivers. You’re in OUR house.