BMW Announces Delivery Of First US i3

BMW i3

MAY 2 2014 BY ERIC LOVEDAY 12

BMW i3

BMW i3

Today is officially the day when the BMW i3 lands in the hands of buyers throughout the US.

BMW has just announced that delivery of the first BMW i3 in the US has occurred.

Who’s lucky owner #1? Tufts University professor of practice Charles Rabie, that’s who.

Ludwig Willisch, President & CEO, BMW of North America, stated:

“Today marks a big day at BMW of North America – What started out as a dream for an innovative sustainable vehicle under the BMW i brand can now be found on streets across the U.S.”

Of note is this statement from BMW:

“Hundreds of BMW i3 vehicles are currently at U.S. facilities and ready to be delivered to customers nationwide.”

Full press release below:

BMW Delivers First All-Electric i3 in the U.S.

Tufts University professor of practice Charles Rabie to receive the first U.S. BMW i3.

Woodcliff Lake, NJ – May 2, 2014… Today, BMW delivered the first all-electric BMW i3 in the U.S. to Boston resident and Tufts University professor of practice Charles Rabie at the BMW of Boston dealership. Hundreds of BMW i3 vehicles are currently at U.S. facilities and ready to be delivered to customers nationwide, ushering in a new era of electromobility.

Rabie is an electric vehicle advocate and has been driving the BMW ActiveE since 2012. Also among this first group set to receive a BMW i3 is Los Angeles-based former E! Entertainment leading correspondent Ashlan Gorse Cousteau, married to renowned documentary filmmaker and environmentalist Philippe Cousteau, grandson of Jacques Cousteau.

“Today marks a big day at BMW of North America – What started out as a dream for an innovative sustainable vehicle under the BMW i brand can now be found on streets across the U.S.,” said Ludwig Willisch, President & CEO, BMW of North America.

The BMW i3 is the first of the BMW i vehicles constructed from the ground up primarily of carbon fiber to enter the U.S. market. With 170 horsepower and 184 lb-ft of torque hybrid-synchronous electric motor, the fully electric BMW i3 is electrified by a 22-kWh lithium-ion battery, good for 80-100 miles of emission-free driving. Agile and engaging to drive, the BMW i3 is ideally suited for dense urban areas. The BMW i3 has a base MSRP of $41,350 and the range-extender model will have a starting MSRP of $45,200.

BMW i is the BMW Group’s forward-looking and sustainable brand dedicated to solving many of the mobility challenges faced by the world’s most densely populated cities. The all-encompassing approach of BMW i includes the extensive use of recycled, renewable raw and naturally treated materials, alongside an extremely resource-efficient production method.

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12 Comments on "BMW Announces Delivery Of First US i3"

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Just a couple of days ago our mood was more like “maybe they manage to deliver 20-30 vehicles this month”. Great that the first month might read 3 digit sales numbers.

yiiikes

I am sooooo excited, its like Whoville X-mas for the whole country!

Leafer

looks like some of those are Mega world base models. cool
Local dealers are having ride events soon here in Va. those mioght be with the pre-prod cars or maybe the first demos
cant wait.

Anton Wahlman

When I see that picture, I see a sea of Teslas that aren’t getting sold. Competition has arrived.

Rob Stark

Complete and total nonsense.

Yet another city car that is no real competition for the only roadworthy BEV.

Sure, there might be some folks that claim they purchased an i3 instead of a Tesla. Some claim to cross shop a Subaru with Tesla. But for the foreseeable future Tesla will sell every car they have the capacity to make; limited only by the number of battery cells Panasonic can sell Tesla.

Ocean Railroader

I don’t think this car is in competition with the Tesla Model S for the time being in that the Tesla is $30,000 more then this car. The only way that this car would be put in danger from Tesla is if came out with with a $50,000 dollar version of the model S. Or if Tesla built their 200 mile range model E.

Spec9

Congrats to the new owners! I hope this BMW gets a new crop of EV converts.

But I would still love to see another body design from BMW.

MTN Ranger

I would love to see another body design from Nissan. The Leaf has been out for almost 3.5 years. The i3 has been out for a few days.

yiiikes

+1

QCO

Based on the article, I guess the regular purchasers won’t get one until the “EV entitlement crowd” get theirs first.

But BWM deserves great credit for making such a significant effort on electrification, innovation, and marketing for the i3, regardless of minor concerns over launch pricing or styling. BMW is clearly committed to the Electrification Cause.

George B

Perhaps I’m misreading this, but this does not come across as particularly insightful or nice. What exactly do you mean by “EV entitlement crowd” and why do you believe was this type of comment necessary?

alohart

“Tufts University professor of practice Charles Rabie”

WTF is a “professor of practice”? todayeco.com states that Rabie teaches business strategy and entrepreneurship.