Over 3,000 BMW i3s Sold Globally In September

OCT 14 2015 BY MARK KANE 22

BMW i8 at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show

BMW i8 at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show

BMW announced record September car sales worldwide (215,413, up 7.8%) and BMW i3 surged to over 3,000 units sold in a single month.

Precisely, i3 sales stand at 3,361 for September, up 86.9% year-over-year.  Lead mostly by an outstanding US result during the month.


After nine months of 2015
BMW sold 20,576 BMW i3 & i8 (up 95.1%)


20,575 BMW i cars sold year to date translates to 1.25% of all 1,644,810 cars delivered in three quarters.

For BMW i, U.S. is by far the largest market.

In September, 1,710 i3s were sold in U.S. That’s 50.9% of all i3s sold that month, while in nine months 9,235 i3s & i8s accounts for 44.9% of all i3 & i8 sold globally.

More about i3/i8 sales in the U.S. here.

BMW i3 + i8 sales in US - September 2015

BMW i3 + i8 sales in US – September 2015

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That would be greater than the entire run of Toyota Mirais and Hyundai Tucson FCs, in a single month, by a single marque, innit?

Taken together, Toyota and Hyundai sell about a million cars per month, which is at least 10x more than the i3 (or Model S) will ever sell in its current form. I think it’s fair to say that they know how to make cars that sell.

That doesn’t have anything to do with the point being made.

Toyota recently made the following statement during the recent new Prius launch:

“side by side with its sibling, the hydrogen powered Mirai, poised to change the game yet again”

It’s an outright lie that production numbers of the Mirai are poised to change anything. Toyota continue to make grandiose claims about the Mirai and to subtly, and sometimes not so subtly, rubbish plug-in vehicles, yet the numbers speak for themselves.

Let’s compare the Mirai numbers after 5 years, okay? Electric cars are 5 years old technology , if we ignore the 100 year old electric cars. So, we can compare Mirai numbers in 2020 to current electric car numbers. Otherwise, it is just comparing apples to oranges.

In five years there might be 5000 Mirais on the road.

And how should we do that?
No, just compare it to the first year of Nissan Leaf sales in the US. It is even on this site! Over 9500, thats more than 3 times what Toyotas plans are for the Mirai, in 2017, globally.

Yeah see you back here in 5 years. Since Toyota themselves plan to build hardly any in that time frame I don’t think you’re going to have made your point by then!

20k is impressive. Pretending the i brand is a standalone company, they’re hitting those numbers as fast as Tesla did and in a similar segment of the car market.

Stories about “Tesla killers” are probably missing that the market for these types of cars is really big and has plenty of room to grow. Most people I know are waiting for some key factors like range and price and infrastructure but would otherwise enthusiastically own an electric vehicle. The anti-marketing about (a lack of) charging infrastructure really resonates with people and they feel like “it’s not ready yet.”

WRT FCV, no one cares. The FCV’s on the market now and in the near future are clearly compliance cars. Most people have a good impression of hydrogen-as-fuel in general because, for nearly a decade, every “future science” show lumped it in with everything else and said it was a good thing. But the market for FCVs is harder to materialize. You need a tech-focused-early-adopter consumer who doesn’t bother to do their research. But I guess they sell $10k curved 100″ 4k TVs to *someone*.

You can still watch the $10k 100″ 4k curved TV with your VHS tapes of Alf. For most of us if you can get a FCV you can just keep in the driveway and polish it with a diaper as it can’t get anywhere without an infrastructure.

Why not toss that wind power straight into a battery and avoid losing 75% converting it to hydrogen and back?

Your source also states the following:

“The current German network consists of 19 stations. Three, including the world’s largest combined passenger vehicle and bus H2 filling station at Sachsendamm, Berlin, which opened in June 2011, are Shell’s. This 350- and 700-bar station provides hydrogen from liquid storage via cryogenic liquid compression and has a very high fuelling capacity”

So, there are 3 shell stations currently… and they are _planning_ to build 400 until 2023 !!!

The most important part: “This 350- and 700-bar station provides hydrogen from liquid storage via cryogenic liquid compression” explains why hydrogen refuelling stations are not compelling in terms of cost and reliability. Just compare the technology and energy needed to refill a Fuel cell car to the simple plug that you need to refill a BEV and you will see why so many people here already made up their mind against FCEV.

Of course Shell wants to push Hydrogen, because they produce hydrogen from natural gas. But somehow they only plan 400 stations until 2023. What does this tell you?

“Of course Shell wants to push Hydrogen, because they produce hydrogen from natural gas. But somehow they only plan 400 stations until 2023. What does this tell you?”

You don’t need a million H2 refueling stations, as in a million electric chargers. Why don’t you tell me first, how many gas stations Shell has in Germany? I bet it isn’t anywhere near how many electric car chargers are there in Germany. While electric cars take 30 mins to hours to recharge, the H2 car will be in and out of the refuelign station in a fe wminutes max.

So, it tells me, that other players will also build 400 stations each. And we end up with thousands of H2 fueling stations in Germany by 2023. OK, now you can thank me.

When Shell goes in one direction you should automatically go in another direction.

Few companies could reach the level of evil. They make even that charismatic, but really poor at golf (he never got out of the bunker), austrian with a moustache only straight under his nose look like mother Teresa.

Three years ago there was supposed to be hundreds of H2 stations built in California by now. So far the only company to hold up their predictions of alt refueling station rollout is Tesla.

This is great news. If i3 turns out to be a success for BMW, hopefully other carmakers will make a bigger effort with EVs.

They tried a number of brand new concepts, especially on the Rex. The tiny engine works better than most people thought it would, and it takes up hardly and space and weight.

I like the concept of the ReX and the fact that it is a bit underpowered. But what I don’t like is the tiny gas tank and the fact that it costs $4K for it. That seems a bit high.

I also don’t like the fact that instead of the ReX, you can’t get a larger battery pack.

Imagine what it would have sold if it didn’t have such a polarizing design. :-/

About the same. I don’t know of any person that actually did not buy an i3 because of the design. Many people complain about it but the vast majority would not have bought it anyway.

How many are lease vs how are bought outright? i3 may be a good leasing option but given its price point, the resale value will drop like a rock.

people are buying bmw i3 just because its a german car !

that is the worst reason there is